Dowdell, in particular was disappointing, but refused to concede that he is likely the odd-man out in the rotation after going 10-of-22 passes for 69 yards and an interception. His decision-making was questionable in the process.
"My plan is to be the starting quarterback," Dowdell said. "I'm going to get my academics tightened up and then hit the film room. I plan on being in the mix" at quarterback."
When asked what he would do if he wasn't "in the mix", Dowdell replied, "I'm not going to address that."
Right now, Dowdell will be fortunate to even get on the field. MSU head coach John L. Smith seems to be leaning heavily toward the freshman Reaves as the #2 behind Stanton, who appears to have separated himself from the pack without even playing.
"Right now, it's going to be Reaves battling Stanton," Smith said. "If Damon shores up his grades, he might be in the mix, too. But he's got to show me something in the classroom, first."
For his part, Stanton is confident that the offense will begin humming once he's under center. "I've got the confidence, and I plan to take more of a leadership role."
One bright spot was the running attack of Jehuu Caulcrick and DeAndra Cobb who are battling for the starting running back position. Caulcrick, who rushed for 108 yards on 16 carries, appears to have overtaken Cobb, who rushed 9 times for 77 yards, but reeled off a nice 24 yard burst for a touchdown.
"Both had good days," said Smith. "I could see us putting both of them on the field sometimes, to change up our offense. They both give us the same thing."