Thank god for The Only Colors. They summed up the #MSUQBControversy very nicely this week:
1. Will we see both Andrew Maxwell & Connor Cook in non-garbage time? Who will be the starter? You only had 116 yards passing last week after 37 attempts across two QB's, but didn't turn it over. Was this a case of "keep the playbook locked down until you really need it," or do they both really suck at throwing the football?
Who the hell knows what's going on. This was a four-quarterback battle going into the final week of camp, along with redshirt freshman Tyler O'Connor and true freshman Damion Terry. After last week's pitiful performance with Maxwell and Cook, it looks like it's open again. I do think Maxwell starts, but I also think O'Connor gets some playing time. Cook probably plays, too. Fans are clamoring for Terry because he's the only one they haven't seen play poorly yet.
I do think (and hope) the playbook was locked down, because if it wasn't, MSU will do nothing on offense all season. MSU does not like to pass the ball down the field for whatever reason, so it'd be best if your safeties were within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Will MSU open things up looking to find any success? They should.
If only we had someone with Photoshop ability on OTE who could make some kind of werewolf Connor Cook picture....or even t-shirts with Team Cook and Team Maxwell. If only we had someone on OTE with Photoshop ability.
It's a little silly to argue about the MSU quarterback situation right now. The fate of the Spartans has pretty much already been determined by that amazing killer defense. Connor Cook, Andrew Maxwell, even Damion Terry...probably not huge differences. The Spartans will go 7-5 or 8-4 because the defense says so and the schedule is soft. But OTE is a sports blog and it would be against our ground rules to ignore any possible controversy. So let's put Cook and Maxwell under the "what kind of QB does this Tresselball offense truly need" microscope and see who comes out on top.
Completes three yard outs consistently?
Maxwell: Yes, if by "completed", we mean "throws to general direction of receiver who then drops it".
Cook: Not, not really no.
Escapes pocket collapses and pressure...with moxie?
Maxwell: No. Falls apart like the French lines entrenched in the Ardennes during the 1940 Battle of France.
Cook: Yes. Even does the "I am pointing to where you should block downfield". I LOVE A QUARTERBACK WHO POINTS WHILE BEING FLUSHED FROM THE POCKET. It moves my soul.
Has potential to be the next Craig Krenzel? (i.e. game manager, no turnovers, wobbly spirals)
Maxwell: I mean, yesno? Led a hurryup drive against Western last week that was pretty. Has a monster arm but it's going to waste in the cluster that is the Spartan offense. Is probably too nervous in the pocket to throw last minute bombs to beat Purdue OHHHH MICHAEL JENKINS HOLY BUCKEYE.
Cook: A turnover moxie machine; so no. Mechanics are still in Denard-like phase. Ball go high, ball go low.
So there you have it folks. You can have Team Super Inconsistent Moxie or you can have Team Big Armed Nervous Nelly. They both sound spectacular. Vote in the poll below as to what direction you want the Spartans to go with their QB position.