Dec. 29, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Andrew Maxwell (10) drops back to pass during the first half against the TCU Horned Frogs during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State sticks with Andrew Maxwell at QB

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has made a decision about his starting quarterback. He’ll stick with the guy who took nearly all of the snaps for the Spartans last season – senior Andrew Maxwell.

The 6’3, 210 lb. QB from Midland, Michigan was expected to make the quaterback transition a smooth one after the loss of the highly touted Kirk Cousins to the NFL. However, while Cousins was shining in spot duty for Robert Griffin III with the Washington Redskins, Maxwell struggled.

In 2012, Maxwell was 234-of-446 (52.5%) for 2606 yards with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

In Michigan States’ bowl game, Dantonio turned to then freshman Connor Cook. Cook completed just four of 11 passes, but had a touchdown and led Michigan State down the field for a the game winning field goal as the Spartans knocked off the TCU Horned Frogs 17-16.

Last week, Dantonio said the competition between Maxwell, Cook, true freshman Damion Terry and redshirt freshman Tyler O’Connor was still wide open.

In the end, experience won out.

“(Maxwell) brings consistency and knowledge of our offense,” Dantonio said in comments posted on MSU football’s Twitter feed. “I’m comfortable we have a No. 1 QB. He was No. 1 last year. Had some balls dropped, have to protect him. He has great knowledge.”

Maxwell and the Spartans will kick off their season by hosting Western Michigan Friday night at 8:00 pm EST. You can see the game on the Big 10 Network.

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