Michigan State Football: 3 biggest concerns heading into 2020 season

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Michigan State football’s Theo Day looks to throw during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. 191026 Msu Psu 173a /

1. The uncertainty of the quarterback position

Raise your hand if you’re a Michigan State fan who’s worried about the state of the quarterback position heading into 2020. OK, now that everyone’s hands are raised, let me tell you that concerns are valid, but it’s not for a lack of talent at the position.

Rocky Lombardi has shown flashes in the past (hey Purdue) of being a solid Big Ten quarterback and his toughness and wrestling background make him all the more intriguing. If he were to work on that accuracy and touch, he would be a heck of a threat. He can already tuck and run and he’s a heck of a leader, so add in the accuracy and touch and you have a quality starter.

Theo Day returns as a redshirt sophomore and he got a little game experience against Penn State last season and didn’t look all that rattled. He actually made a couple of nice throws and picked up a first down, but was immediately yanked after that. This is my pick to win the starting job, but the lack of true experience is concerning.

Lastly, Payton Thorne is a talented passer as well and is a former high school teammate of Jayden Reed. That connection could be elite. He didn’t see the field at all last season and redshirted, so he might be on the outside of the battle looking in.

It’s OK to feel uneasy about the quarterback position because no one knows what to expect — not even the coaching staff.

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