The Michigan State Spartans have gotten off to a disappointing start this season. A sluggish offense has led to a pedestrian 2-3 record with the latest of three straight losses coming at the hands of Brigham Young University by a score of 31-14 last weekend.
Head coach Mark Dantonio made a desperation change at quarterback in the 4th quarter against BYU. With the Spartans trailing by 10 in the the final frame, Damion Terry replaced starter Tyler O’Connor as the signal caller for the Spartans. This move leaves the starter for this coming week against Northwestern up in the air.
It’s official: Michigan State has a quarterback competition https://t.co/JvBuACylSY
— GreenandWhite.com (@LSJGreenWhite) October 11, 2016
The three players that are in competition for the starting role include O’Connor, Terry, and freshman Brian Lewerke.
In an interview with ESPN, Dantonio would not commit to who had the early lead to grab the starting spot this Saturday.
“Pure and simple, they have to demonstrate in practice exactly what they’re going to do [in a game],” he said. “As difficult as that is to say, that’s where we’re at because I think a case can be made for all three of those guys.”
Offensive production has been a problem for Michigan State which ranks 112th nationally in points per game. Backup Damion Terry didn’t exactly cement his position as fron-trunner for the starting role with his performance against BYU. Terry completed only 6 of 10 passes with no touchdowns and one interception. Not much is known about Brian Lewerke. One thing is for sure, Dantonio is looking for positive quarterback play wherever he can and is not counting out the freshman.
“Lewerke is a young guy with a lot of talent, but he may not quite have the experience that the other guys do,” Dantonio said. “I think to exclude him right now from this would be wrong.”
The learning curve for the Spartan quarterback will be steep as they host Northwestern before going on the the road to face Maryland who is having a surprisingly good season under new head coach D.J. Durkin. On October 29, MSU will need to be at their best when the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines visit East Lansing with revenge on their minds after last year’s improbable Spartan victory.