Michigan State faces many questions as it opens 2013, most of which exist on offense. We take a look at the top five storylines on the offensive side of the ball.
Does Andrew Maxwell cement himself as the starting quarterback?
Connor Cook finished the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl last year for the Spartans in the clutch and has worked hard this summer. Head coach Mark Dantonio said that Andrew Maxwell enters the fall as the starter, but will he hold onto the spot? Cook will be right behind him all the time, while Tyler O'Connor and incoming freshman Damion Terry aren't out of the mix to play this year, either.
Does Riley Bullough establish himself as the No. 1 running back?
Bullough being at the top of the depth chart entering the fall was one of the notables from the depth chart release. He, like Maxwell, enters fall camp as the starter at his position, but has a group of player nipping at his heels to take over. With the freshmen Gerald Holmes, R.J. Shelton and Delton Williams being added to the mix, the competition will be stiff.
Who emerges at tight end?
Possibly the most troubling position on the MSU offense is the tight end. Little to no experience returns after the loss of Dion Sims and, unlike running back, the spring did little to give indication that one player has an edge on the rest. For now, it appears the answer will come from Andrew Gleichert or Paul Lang, both of whom made some contributions last year. Josiah Price could step up, as could incoming freshman Dylan Chmura.
What does the offense look like with Dave Warner calling the plays now?
Dan Roushar was frustrating to MSU fans throughout last year, and this year brings some intrigue to the offense. Not only will it look drastically different without Le'Veon Bell, but it also will feature new co-offensive coordinators in Warner and Jim Bollman. Bollman was brought in to install a changed offensive system and Warner will call the plays. It will be interesting to see just how many wrinkles and new looks the offense will have.
What is the final tandem of offensive linemen?
While the retirement of Skyler Burkland doesn't change the current starting group on the depth chart, it does add some intrigue in the way it changes the possible combinations for the big uglies. The current expected group is Dan France, Blake Treadwell, Travis Jackson, Jack Allen and Fou Fonoti, but a guy like Donavon Clark would win the battle at left tackle and push France inside, or entirely out of the lineup. From those six though, the starters against Western Michigan should be found.