Dantonio: QB Andrew Maxwell will start for Michigan State

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Andrew Maxwell won Michigan State's four-player quarterback competition. (USATSI)
Andrew Maxwell won Michigan State's four-player quarterback competition. (USATSI)

Michigan State's quarterback competition was re-opened to include four players last week, but with the season opener days away Mark Dantonio has decided to stick with incumbent starter Andrew Maxwell.

Maxwell was named the starter on Tuesday, beating out Connor Cook, Tyler O'Conner and Damion Terry. Dantonio said that Maxwell earned the job thanks to his "consistency and knowledge of [Michigan State's] offense," but Cook, a sophomore, will also play in the game against Western Michigan on Friday.

In his comments on Tuesday, Dantonio was sure to state that the responsibility for Maxwell's success falls on more than just one person.

Dantonio said that Maxwell was likely the frontrunner from the start, but the staff wanted to add a level of competitiveness to test the entire group. All four quarterbacks worked with the first and second string, allowing the younger players to get valuable reps for the future.

Maxwell started every game in 2012, completing 52.5 percent of his passes for 2,606 yards and 13 touchdowns while totaling nine interceptions. The Spartans leaned heavily on the Le'Veon Bell-powered rushing attack, but the lack of a consistent passing game resulted in the Spartans offense averaging just 4.88 yards per play, ranking No. 10 in the conference and No. 111 nationally.

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