Michigan State Football: Way-too-early 2020 depth chart projection

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Starting quarterback: Theo Day
Backup: Rocky Lombardi OR Payton Thorne

The most talked about position all offseason will undoubtedly be quarterback as the Spartans don’t have a clear No. 1 right now.

With a new staff coming in, you can bet that whoever is named QB1 actually won the job and it wasn’t just handed to them. Will that be the veteran, Rocky Lombardi? How about redshirt freshman Payton Thorne? Or sophomore Theo Day?

I’m going with Day because of his potential. Many have knocked him for not knowing the playbook as well as he should, but a new fresh look on offense could help matters. He just needs the right guidance and he looked decent in his only limited action last year, passing for 12 yards on 2-for-3 passing before getting yanked.

I wouldn’t be shocked to see Thorne get the nod either. He has tremendous upside but his lack of experience kept him off the field in 2019.

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As for Lombardi, I would like for him to showcase more touch on his passes instead of firing everything in there. He has a strong arm, but accuracy seems to be his Achilles heel.