Warner says Spartans aren't in panic mode

Offensive coordinator says there is concern with offense, but hasn't hit panic mode.

Michigan State has played three quarterbacks in the first two games of the season and is considering playing a fourth – a true freshman – in the third week

Naturally, concern is present among the fan base and offensive coordinator Dave Warner said it is present among the coaches, too.

"Concern would be the best word," Warner said. "We're not blind. We're not ignorant. We know we've got some issues we're trying to deal through, but we're not in a panic mode.

"We're trying to figure it out with the idea of long term, who at quarterback, obviously, that's the big thing, but it's an offensive problem. What's the solution to get us through this Big Ten season and ultimately to the Rose Bowl? So we're trying to take our time and push through it and at the same time win football games on the weekend but also look down the road."

Warner said the concern goes beyond the quarterbacks and into other positions on the offense.

"We're still juggling some receivers around even though I think some younger guys showed they can move on and progress at wide receiver," he said. "Tight end is a little bit of a situation also. Not that people are playing bad and, again, it's probably like quarterback.

"Quarterbacks aren't playing bad. We're just trying to figure out which one's gonna be the guy that takes us where we want to go? And I think you can say that about some other positions. That's really what we're attempting to do here through this week again."

Against South Florida, only three different receivers caught passes. The tight ends have just one reception this season - a 7-yard catch by Andrew Gleichert against Western Michigan.


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