Tyler O’Connor will start Michigan State’s season-opener, becoming the choice to replace Connor Cook for the Spartans this season. O’Connor beat out Damion Terry for the job.
Tyler O’Connor will start Michigan State’s opener, Mark Dantonio said
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“He’s the No. 1 guy. He’s had a good enough camp to say that right now,” Spartans coach Mark Dantonio told 247 Sports. “But will the other guys play? Possibly.”
O’Connor, a fifth-year senior, has spent the last three seasons as Michigan State’s backup under center. He most notably led the Spartans to arguably their biggest win of the season in 2015, going 7 for 12 for 89 yards in a win at then-No. 2 Ohio State.
It was the first career start for O’Connor. He’ll make his second when Michigan State opens its season against Furman on Friday, Sept. 2. O’Connor and the No. 12 Spartans will face an early season test in the season’s second week when they visit South Bend, Ind. to face No. 10 Notre Dame.
In his career, O’Connor has appeared in 12 games, throwing for 374 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He also punted five times for Michigan State last season, averaging 38.4 yards per kick.