Pieces Of The Puzzle – Quarterbacks

Spartan quarterback coach Dave Warner knows there is still much work needed before the 2010 season, but he also knows who his quarterback is and the backup.

The spring of 2010 has proven to be the coming out of quarterback Kirk Cousins. While started 12 games last season and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media, there were still parts of his game that needed work.

While Cousins have proven to his teammates to be one of the top leaders of the team, this season has seen him take his leadership and his on field abilities to another level making him a more confident player.

To play quarterback for Mark Dantonio a player must have a great Football IQ, Cousins is proving he's there and with his renewed confidence he's making better judgment calls in the heat of battle.

With a quick release and strong arm, Kirk Cousins will be in the position to have an even bigger junior season and place the Spartans in the hunt for a Big Ten Championship.

While many though a year ago Cousins and Keith Nichol would battle or share the quarterback position the next couple of years, Andrew Maxwell showed enough progress in his abilities to see Nichol moved to wide receiver full time and earn the backup spot behind Cousins.

While Maxwell still has some fine tuning to do on his game, he has shown the ability to have a quick release with good velocity on his throws. At 6-foot-3, Maxwell fits the profile Dantonio likes to have in his quarterbacks.

Joe Boisture will be a true freshman and unless something crazy happens we should fully expect him to take a redshirt year. But this spring has given Boisture a chance to see what life as a college quarterback is all about and will help him a year from now when he'll be looking to battle Maxwell for the backup spot and chance to succeed Cousins in two years.

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