EAST LANSING -- From the look of things, the Michigan State offense should be hitting on all cylinders come Sept.1. In a rematch of the Green & White spring game the Spartan offense, in white, dominated the green defense before squeaking out a 66-64 win in a scrimmage Saturday.
But just who will be backing up the leader on offense—sharp-looking junior QB Brian Hoyer—is still undetermined. The competition between Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles, and Connor Dixon continues as head coach Mark Dantonio has yet to make a decision.
"I thought our offense played pretty well. The quarterbacks did a nice job of controlling the game, managing the game. I thought Hoyer was sharp. Looked like Foles played pretty well as well and you saw Dixon do some things as well. We'll keep pushing it forward," Dantonio said.
The backup QB spot looks to have been narrowed down to Foles and Dixon, although Dantonio lauded Cousins as well and refrained form naming a number two. Dantonio says game tape will help coaches determine who is making good decisions.
Dixon and Foles both appeared in control of the offense. Although he may leave the pocket early at times, Dixon threw well on the run and completed the longest touchdown of the day with a 40-yard pass to B.J. Cunningham.
Overall, the combination of Hoyer to receiver Devin Thomas kept reoccurring. The pair appear to have developed a solid on-field relationship and demonstrated good timing.
WRs Deon Curry and Mark Dell both took snaps with the first team. B.J. Cunningham had a productive receiving day with the second team. Terry Love became academically eligible and made a brief appearance fielding a punt in shorts and a helmet. He will be in full pads for the rest of camp and should become an important option in the offense.
Jehuu Caulcrick had an outstanding scrimmage as well. The senior running back turned out to be the primary back, carrying the entire load for the first team with Javon Ringer held out for precautions.
On their first possession, Caulcrick busted out for a 50-yard touchdown run to set the tone for the offense. For the day, he navigated through a series of wide holes as the offensive line appeared to have complete control of the scrimmage at times.
Andre Anderson may have cemented more playing time as a backup with an impressive performance. Early on, a 45-yard touchdown run was called back on a penalty. Later, the freshman jaunted for another big run of over 40-yards and remained consistently productive throughout the day.
Overall, the Green & White offense looks ready for first opponent UAB.
"I think we've done enough things live and game-like situations that we could go tomorrow," Dantonio said. "If we had to play tomorrow, we could play tomorrow."
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