Michigan State’s Tyler O’Connor: We’re here to stay
Michigan State hasn’t named its starting QB yet, but that doesn’t mean the Spartans are hiding their thoughts on the situation.
Or their expectations.
In an interview on BTN Live, leading contenders Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry both addressed the competition, with O’Connor bringing up the importance to keep the Spartans rolling (and taking over for career passing leader Connor Cook) after Michigan State won 11 or more games five times in the past six years.
“We’re here to stay,” O’Connor said about the program. “We’ve always said that we’re not here for the short term. It’s important to us, that’s what we’re sticking with and we’re very confident we can do it.”
O’Connor, looking back at 2013 when he previously battled of the starting job, said he’s learned to take things day by day “instead of thinking you have to win the job in one day.”
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 16, 2016
Terry said he and O’Connor are embracing the situation and that because both are competitors, they’re not hiding from the challenge.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio quipped the QB question is always a hot topic but that the more veteran O’Connor and Terry have advantages due to their ability to manage games and their knowledge of the offense.
But Dantonio hasn’t named the guy.
“We’re not going to anoint somebody until we step out onto the field,” Dantonio said. “I think that’s the fair thing to do.”
— Michigan St. on BTN (@MichiganStOnBTN) August 16, 2016