At Michigan State, it seems like when it rains for last year's starting quarterback, Andrew Maxwell, it pours.
On Wednesday, Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio's twitter account officially-announced this upcoming season's list of senior captains - a position highly-regarded in the college football community made up of key players whom a coach thinks will serve as an inspiration and focal point for the team's success in the coming months.
Only problem? You guessed it; Maxwell's name was nowhere to be seen.
When he was the team's listed starter at quarterback last season as a junior, Maxwell had the honor of being named one of the team's captains. This year, Dantonio decided to snub his former starter and instead named middle linebacker Max Bullough, cornerback Darqueze Dennard, and offensive guard Blake Treadwell as the 2013 team captains.
This certainly doesn't bode well for the hopes of seeing Maxwell taking a majority of the snaps once the regular season starts, but Dantonio has been known to use some interesting tactics to light a fire under some of his more polarizing players. Then again, Dantonio could just be sending the message that Maxwell is clearly not the front-runner for the starting spot anymore.
Either way, nominating Bullough and Dennard as captains is a no-brainer for coach Dantonio. No player better represents the team to the public and inspires more faith in his teammate's abilities than Bullough, the third generation Spartan. And Dennard, as a likely future first-round NFL draft pick, represents the dominating factor that remains prevalent in MSU being named one of the country's top defenses.
As for Maxwell... well, it looks to be the start of a very, very long season.
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