Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/27/13
After weeks of speculation over who would be the Michigan State football team’s starting quarterback, Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio came right out and told the media exactly who that guy will be at his weekly Tuesday morning press conference. “Andrew Maxwell will be our starter,” Dantonio said. “I think what he does is he brings consistency in terms of knowledge of our offense. He’s going to make good decisions. He’s got experience with 13 games last year. He’s been very impressive these last number of practices.” The decision comes after a seemingly ‘four horse race’ opened up in camp between 5th year senior Andrew Maxwell, red shirt sophomore Connor Cook, red shirt freshman Tyler O’Connor, and true freshman Damion Terry. Andrew Maxwell is set to start his 14th game of his college career this Friday night against Western Michigan. Maxwell returns as starter a year after leading the Spartans to a 7-6 record, where he completed 52% of passes for 2606 yards, 13 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. However, the competition certainly isn’t over yet. “Connor Cook will also play in the game,” Dantonio said.  ”Another guy that has extreme athletic ability, arm strength and size. He’s got game experience as well and he’s looked very, very good.” As for the other two guys, O’Connor and Terry, they are still very young and it might be a while before they see a ton of action out on the field. Nevertheless don’t be surprised if you see them out there at some point come Friday night. “I tried to give everybody opportunities,” Dantonio said of the competition in camp. “I tried to provide them with a very competitive situation mainly to put pressure on everybody. You have to feel the heat. You have to feel the pressure so we can evaluate them in pressure situations and that’s as close to a game situation as we can get. I think we always felt Andrew was going to be the guy and that was a general consensus among our coaches. I will always play the best guy and I think Andrew has proven that he is that guy.” At the end of the day, the decision from Dantonio doesn’t come so much as a surprise. Maxwell by far has the most experience of the four and it certainly is the safe way to go. However, after a season full of stalled drives at the 50 yard line and 3 and outs, the leash certainly will be shorter this year with three very capable quarterbacks right on his heels. And the Michigan State football team will have their first chance to see some of those quarterbacks in action this coming Friday at 8 PM, when the Spartans kick their 2013 campaign off at home, under the lights against Western Michigan.   Follow Ryan Squanda on Twitter @squandaryan

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

O.J. Simpson granted parole, will be released in October

Jourdan Lewis will miss start of camp for domestic abuse trial

Vick 'truly sorry' for comments about Kaepernick

NFL owners pushing for Ezekiel Elliott suspension?

Report: Derrick Rose in ‘serious talks’ to join Cavs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Giants co-owner: Kaepernick is not being blackballed

Report: Lakers wanted to sign D-Wade if Bulls bought him out

Report: Bell has no plans to miss regular season games

OJ Simpson could cash in on signing autographs if paroled

Report: If Rockets land Melo, LeBron could join him in 2018

Le'Veon Bell wants to be paid like 'a No. 1 RB and No. 2 WR'

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

Every NFL team’s biggest question as training camps start

Box Score 7/20: Nothing but Nolan

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

Every MLB team's biggest need at the trade deadline

Who won the Open Championship in the year you were born?

Box Score 7/19: The shadow of the trade deadline begins to fall over baseball

The Orioles need to unwind past deals if they are going to rebuild

The 'No one is betterer than Roger Federer' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Sam Hinkie is calling the shots

Box Score 7/18: Burying a glove is fine until you have a zombie glove in the outfield

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

The Orioles need to unwind past deals if they are going to rebuild

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Sam Hinkie is calling the shots

The 'No one is betterer than Roger Federer' quiz

The 'Youth in baseball is cyclical' quiz

The unexpected rise of the Connecticut Sun

Getaway Day: Class is back in session

The 'Safeties in numbers' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker