A warm weekend in Michigan gave us a little hint of what is to come.
The official start of spring won’t come for another month, but Michigan State spring football practice kicks off in five days. On Saturday, the Spartans will hit the field again as they try to right the many wrongs of a 3-9 season in 2016.
The quarterback position likely will be the center of attention. It’s unavoidable. Senior quarterback Tyler O’Connor absorbed much of the outside blame for last season’s struggles, even if he didn’t necessarily deserve it.
Now he has moved on and passed the torch to a younger group. So, what does each scholarship QB need to do to make this spring a success? We’ve got your answers.
The sophomore-to-be just needs to stay solid and not try to do too much. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio proclaimed him to be “the guy,” so he has more to lose right now than gain. He also might want to take things a little easy in the wake of suffering a broken leg, though a video from his father on Dec. 27 showed he has recovered well.
— dlewerke (@AZLewerke) December 27, 2016
Now he needs to show he’s deserving of the title bestowed upon him. A steady performance should do just that. He doesn’t need to be spectacular, but it would help for him to show a consistency with the deep ball that was seldom seen by any of Spartans quarterbacks in the fall.
Terry’s junior season did not end happily, as he suffered a concussion on his last play of the year. To try to even things up with Lewerke, he needs to improve his accuracy, as he has completed just 50 percent of his career passes.
A lot will hinge on the level of improvement in his decision-making on the fly. He had moments in 2016 when he looked like he had the chops to be the starter (see above), but he needs to show that consistently. An impressive spring showing could give him a shot at challenging Lewerke.
The 6-foot-4 freshman, who redshirted his first season at Michigan State, came in as highly-regarded as any quarterback to join the Spartans. He made any and every throw in high school, so now he needs to show that he has that same capability at the Big Ten level.
Given the struggles of 2016, he might just have a shot at seeing the field if he performs well in spring. Like the guys listed above him, he’s not necessarily a dual-threat QB, but he does have the legs to make things happen.