Andrew Maxwell or Connor Cook? The fans seem to be in agreement that neither of the quarterbacks were efficient against Western Michigan on Friday. I think Maxwell outplayed Cook, for the most part. Cook was by far more effective running the ball than throwing, while Maxwell was by for more efficient throwing the ball. Dantonio changed the quarterback seemingly every 2 series, Maxwell started and Cook played not 2 series after then it was Maxwells turn. That is a recipe for disaster in my opinion. The constant change of the quarterbacks didn’t allow either quarterback or the offense to get into any kind of rhythm. Maxwell got into a nice rhythm at the end of the first half and led the Spartans down the field for a Jeremy Langford rushing touchdown. Cook had a nice little rhythm going as well, but this was with his feet. He was most effective on quarterback draws running consistently for 6 or 7 yards.
Based on each of the quarterbacks performance on Friday, Maxwell was the better quarterback in my opinion. For the most part, all of his throws were on target and right where they needed to be. If it weren’t for a few dropped passes from Bennie Fowler and Aaron Burbridge, Maxwells would have had at least 3 more completions bringing his totals to 14-21 for right around 100 yards. Maxwell has the experience that it takes to be an effective quarterback for the Spartans. The offensive line is better than last season although it may not have looked like it on Friday, but they were missing two starters in Fou Fonoti (did play in the second half) and Jack Allen. Tyler O’Connor will probably get a look against either USF this Saturday or against Youngstown State, Damion Terry on the other hand may not see playing time this season much to the chagrin of Spartan fans.
Is the quarterbacks the real problem that is causing the offense to stall? I’m not so sure. The receivers aren’t doing the quarterbacks and offense any favors by dropping passes and not running the right, crisp routes. Tony Lippett has been terrible as a wide receiver, and Bennie Fowler has been inconsistent. Aaron Burbridge on the other hand has been steady, Keith Mumpherey has become a go to and reliable receiver, MacGarrett Kings will make guys miss in space with the ball in his hands. Dantonio and the rest of the offensive coaching staff need to sit down and take a look at the receivers and make adjustments. Lippett needs to sit, Fowler doesn’t belong as the #1 receiver, Mumpherey and Burbridge need to get the ball more, Kings needs to see more time at the slot along with Arnett. The top 4 recievers should be Mumpherey, Burbridge, Kings, and Arnett with Fowler and Sims Jr. as the back ups.