April 17, 2012

V-Cast: Maxwell injury, scrimmage developments

EAST LANSING - The topic of the day at Michigan State's spring practice was the injury sustained by junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell.

The sprained knee suffered by Michigan State's projected starter for 2012 is not serious in nature. But it will likely prevent the strong-armed signal caller from taking part in Michigan State's two remaining spring scrimmages.

Both offensive coordinator Dan Roushar and quarterbacks coach Dave Warner view Maxwell's injury as a setback for the Spartan offense. But both Spartan echoed the sentiments of head coach Mark Dantonio, who believes his team will find a way to turn their starter's injury into an opportunity to accelerate the development of redshirt freshman backup Connor Cook.

Michigan State has not ruled out the possibility that Maxwell could return to the practice field next week. At present, however, the Spartans are preparing to finish the spring without their starter.

Following practice and interviews on Tuesday, SpartanMag.com staffers Jim Comparoni and Paul Konyndyk discussed the ramifications of the injury as Michigan State moves into the final third of spring practice.

Comp and PK also shed light on a number of other developments in the Spartan program after the first opportunity to interview coaches and players following Michigan State's first controlled scrimmage of the spring.

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