Michigan State wants to forget about the 2016 struggles. It’s about 2017 now.
That mindset seems to be with QB Brian Lewerke, a redshirt freshman this season. The quarterback was lost for the season after breaking his leg in the Oct. 29 loss to Michigan.
But it seems he’s throwing and getting ready for next season. Michigan State is hoping for a turnaround year after going 3-9.
The Twitter video is from Brian’s father, David.
Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke:
Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke throwing again. Broken leg looks like it's healing well. https://t.co/iW9tU3oxe5
— Kevin Goheen (@CincyGoGo) December 28, 2016
— dlewerke (@AZLewerke) December 27, 2016
The Spartans averaged 24.1 points and 222.3 passing yards per game this past season.
2016 Quarterback statistics:
- Senior Tyler O’Connor: 154-for-262 for 1,970 yards, 16 TDs, 9 INTs; 70 rushing yards
- Redshirt freshman Brian Lewerke: 31-for-57 for 381 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT; 149 rushing yards
- Junior Damion Terry: 22-for-46 for 253 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 85 rushing yards, TD
Lewerke played in four games in 2016, starting two. He threw a touchdown pass against both Northwestern and Michigan, though the Spartans lost both games.
Against the Wolverines, Lewerke completed 6 of 10 passes for 100 yards. He also rushed for 24 yards before the injury, which didn’t need surgery.
Earlier this month, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Lewerke is “the guy” the beat out for the starting job going into 2017.
“I do think Brian Lewerke did some great things this season, probably would’ve been our guy for the last four games (if not injured). I think he’s done enough for him to warrant being the guy to beat out,” Dantonio said.
There’s plenty of work to do, but the video is clearly a positive sign for Lewerke and the Spartans.