This past Saturday marked one of the final scrimmages for Michigan State's preseason camp and it would appear that the only thing that became clear after the fact was that head coach Mark Dantonio has some big decisions to make in the coming days and weeks.
On Sunday, Dantonio commented on the open competition for quarterback after freshman quarterback Damion Terry stunned the coaching staff by throwing for 240 yards and rushed for an additional 40.
“Offensively, we have some guys we need to continue to look at and evaluate,” Dantonio said in a statement on Sunday, “but it’s a good problem to have as long as they’re making plays.”
The highlight of the scrimmage was the fact that Terry put up a majority of his eye-popping numbers against the No. 1 defense squad. The Spartans' defense, considered to be one of the top five in the nation, couldn't keep the young freshman down and Terry was an indomitable presence dropping back in the pocket, as well as and on his feet.
Co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner said that he would like to narrow the competition for the starting quarterback job down to two as soon as possible. Before the scrimmage, last year's starter in Andrew Maxwell and back up Connor Cook were the top players on the field with Tyler O'Connor sharing reps along the way. Terry was listed as the No. 4 starter and expected to be redshirted. After this weekend, though, and Terry's knockout performance, anything could be possible.
Coach Dantonio, always a defensive-minded football personality, was clearly impressed with Terry's ability to work over the No. 1 defense.
“We pulled a couple (defensive) guys,” Dantonio said, “but offensively, we made some plays and that was good to see.”
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