Michigan State Football: 25 best players of the Mark Dantonio era

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 04: Trae Waynes /
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Brian Lewerke, Michigan State Spartans
PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 25: Brian Lewerke #14 of the Michigan State Spartans passes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their game on November 25, 2017 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) /
  • Sophomore single-season yardage record (3,352)
  • No. 2 on MSU’s single-season total yardage list (2017)
  • First quarterback in MSU history to pass for over 2,500 yards and rush for 500 yards

Again, this may seem slightly premature, but I truly believe Brian Lewerke, with two remaining years of eligibility, has already climbed into the top-25 players list. He has a chance to catapult to that top-10 range by the end of his junior season.

After his senior year, anything is possible. He could become the Spartans’ all-time leading passer, winningest quarterback (would be a tough task) and arguably the best quarterback Mark Dantonio has ever coached.

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One thing is for certain, Lewerke is the most dynamic and athletic quarterback of the Dantonio era and may be an even better athlete than Drew Stanton back in the John L. Smith days.

As a sophomore, Lewerke led the Spartans to a 10-3 record in his first full season as the starter, passing for 2,793 yards and 20 touchdowns with just seven picks. He also rushed for over 500 yards and five more scores, finishing with the second-best single-season total yardage in Michigan State history.