Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio named senior Tyler O’Connor the starting quarterback for the Spartans’ game Saturday against Illinois during his radio show Thursday night.
This is the first time Michigan State’s starting quarterback has been named before gameday since the week of Oct. 8 — a loss to BYU. O’Connor started that game but the job became a weekly competition after the 31-14 loss to the Cougars. The Spartans (2-6, 0-5 Big Ten) have lost each of their three games since.
O’Connor has completed 98 of 163 passes (60.1 percent) for 1,341 yards, 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions this season. He started last week against Michigan, but was replaced by junior Damian Terry in the fourth quarter. After Terry was injured, freshman Brian Lewerke came in. But he, too, was injured — suffering a season-ending broken leg.
Though O’Connor will start, Terry could also see playing time against Illinois (2-6, 1-4).