Notebook: Maxwell handling role well

Dantonio comments on senior QBs mindset, depth chart and injuries following the Spartans' 26-14 win against Iowa.

With the emergence of Connor Cook as Michigan State's starting quarterback, senior Andrew Maxwell has been relegated to the backup role.

Coach Mark Dantonio said he thinks Maxwell has handled the way the quarterback situation unfolded tremendously and described him as "extremely unselfish."

"If that were a son of mine, I would be very, very proud of the way he's handled this because adversity is one thing you go through, whether it's on the field or whether it's off the field," Dantonio said. "It's been tough to handle, but he's been very selfless in terms of the way he's handled it."

Dantonio said he hopes as the season progresses, that if Maxwell is needed, that he would be ready to perform.

Maxwell started the season-opening win against Western Michigan and also played against South Florida and Notre Dame.

He is 15 of 33 passing for 114 yards.

Jackson had "setback" last week

Sophomore Jack Allen started his third straight game at center against Iowa. Allen returned from injury to start against Youngstown State when Travis Jackson missed the game injured.

Jackson has played in each of the past two games, but Allen has started.

Dantonio said it isn't that Allen is better than Jackson – or that Jackson is better than Allen – but that Jackson had a "little bit of a setback" last week.

"They're both very good players," Dantonio said. "I feel like they're both starters for us, but if they call to me who's listed as the starter right now, I listed Jack. But Travis can play there, Jack can play guard. They're really interchangeable."

Knox good to go

Sophomore defensive tackle Damon Knox left the game against Iowa in the third quarter after taking a vicious clipping penalty from an Iowa offensive lineman.

Dantonio said Knox ran a little bit in practice Sunday and should be good to go in practice.

"He should practice (Tuesday) and we'll see how he is," Dantonio said.

Weekly LT update

Sophomore defensive tackle Lawrence Thomas was on the dress list at Iowa on Saturday, but did not play.

It has become a weekly tradition for Dantonio to address Thomas' status at his Tuesday press conference and he did just that when asked about it.

"We're going to know this week," he said. "We'll start doing a little something and we're going to find out just how fast he can progress. Can he play this week or not, I won't know that probably through Thursday's practice. He may. He's in pads."

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