On Tuesday, Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio confirmed what already seemed blatantly-obvious: He has no idea whom to start at quarterback in this Saturday's match up with South Florida.
Dantonio and the league of Michigan State faithful had hoped that either last year's starter in Andrew Maxwell or back up Connor Cook would take a clear lead over the other; instead, both quarterbacks faltered at times and neither stood out as especially good.
So when pressured to answer questions from reporters about this weekend's starting QB, Dantonio was his usual tight-lipped self.
"We got to get to that,'' Dantonio said. "Right now, I think the main focus is what we do internally with our quarterback situation.
"We're going to look at things as the situation progresses and make a decision at the end of the week. I'm not going to talk about who's starting right now.''
Maxwell and Cook ended up sharing equal playing time during the Spartans' 26-13 victory over Western Michigan in the season-opener. In fact, the two were flip-flopped a total of six times during the game at seemingly random intervals. But both player's performances were lackluster, leaving much to be desired after all of the hype through the preseason.
On the official depth chart for this Saturday's game against South Florida, Andrew Maxwell is listed as an "or" with Connor Cook in the No. 1 quarterback position. Clearly, Dantonio doesn't have as much confidence in the idea of playing either redshirt freshman Tyler O'Connor or true freshman Damion Terry, at least, not in the starting position.
What would be interesting, and would pay dividends with the Spartans fan base, would be to insert either Terry or O'Connor into the lineup at some point this Saturday. South Florida is a home game, where crowd noise can be tested (something Terry struggled with in simulated situations during preseason), and would give the young players a chance to test their resolve in an actual game setting - which is crucial.
What doesn't seem exactly 100 percent productive is having both Maxwell and Cook struggle in a mediocre QB battle for the span of another entire game against a below-average opponent.
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