Michigan State Football: Next man up at every position

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Sep 20, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Damion Terry (6) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

This one was an easy choice for me. In the event that Cook gets injured this season, crossing fingers that he won’t, the job would come down to either redshirt sophomore Damion Terry or junior Tyler O’Connor.

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In my opinion, Terry would win out because he has the overall better skill set. I’m not saying O’Connor doesn’t have what it takes to start, because he probably could for a majority of Big Ten schools, but Terry is that guy who could develop into a superstar.

Coming out of high school as a highly-touted four-star dual-threat, Terry has been stuck in the second or third position on the depth chart throughout his collegiate career behind guys like Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook.

As of right now, O’Connor is listed as the No. 2 quarterback, but I expect that to change a little bit more this year as we see what these quarterbacks can do in garbage time.

Either way, O’Connor is likely going to get some playing time even if Terry wins the backup job this year and the starting job next year as the junior QB is also listed on the depth chart as the backup punter. If Jake Hartbarger gets injured or struggled, O’Connor is the next man up there.

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