The Spartans will start Andrew Maxwell on Friday night.
Michigan State’s offense ranked near the bottom of the Big Ten in scoring and total yards per game last season, so it was no surprise when coach Mark Dantonio opened up the quarterback battle this spring.
However, Andrew Maxwell held onto the starting job and will open the year as the No. 1 quarterback against Western Michigan.
Although Maxwell is the starter, Dantonio plans to play Connor Cook against the Broncos. Tyler O’Conner and true freshman Damion Terry may play this season, but both are behind Maxwell and Cook for now.
Andrew Maxwell started all 13 games last season but finished with just 2,606 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. He also tossed nine picks and did not play well in the bowl game against TCU.
Michigan State’s defense should be one of the best in the Big Ten this year. But if the Spartans are going to make another trip to Indianapolis, the offense has to show big improvement.