With in-state rival Michigan only four days away, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says he is not sure who will be under center against the No. 2 Wolverines.
Speaking at his Tuesday news conference, Dantonio said that who starts on Saturday will depend on who plays well in practice. It will also be a bit dependent on some injury situations, he added.
Freshman Brian Lewerke was the only Spartans quarterback to play in last week’s loss to Maryland. Senior Tyler O’Connor (foot) and junior Damion Terry (hand) both missed the game.
O’Connor won the quarterback job entering the season, but like the Spartans in general, he lost his footing after a Week 2 win over Notre Dame. Neither Lewerke nor Terry has been able to stand out in their time under center. Lewerke completed just 45.8 percent of his passes against the Terrapins, throwing for 156 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
O’Connor actually dressed last week against Maryland, though Dantonio said he was “a little nicked up” entering the game. While exactly how much each can practice this week, it is possible that all three of the quarterbacks could be ready to play Saturday.
Here are the season statistics for the trio of QBs:
Tyler O’Connor — 6 games (5 starts), 91-146 (61.1%), 1,257 yards, 11 TDs, 6 INTs, 68 rushing yards
Brian Lewerke — 3 games (2 starts), 25-47 (53.2%), 281 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 125 rushing yards
Damion Terry — 2 games (0 starts), 6-10 (60%), 63 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 31 rushing yards
— Land of 10’s Luke Srodulski contributed to this report.