August 9, 2013

Competition Update: QBs under microscope

EAST LANSING - Saturday's scrimmage may not determine the outcome of the competition at quarterback between Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook, but it is an opportunity for each to make a statement.

"We've got a test tomorrow, and we've got to see who scores well," said quarterbacks coach Brad Salem after practice Friday. "The biggest thing is, how you compete in a game-like situation.

"That's everything, like I said earlier. Huddle, substitutions, cadence, decisions. You need to manage the offense as a quarterback and you need to make great decisions. Those are kind of the two things you are looking for."

Each of Michigan State's four scholarship quarterbacks have repped numerous situational scenarios during team periods in training camp. But Saturday's jersey scrimmage provides Maxwell, Cook, Tyler O'Connor, and Damion Terry an opportunity to put everything together.

"It is more so game management," said Salem. "We've kind of manufactured situations whether it is red-zone, third down, or goal-line play action type of stuff. Now, its fluid. It's first down, and your next down depends on what you do. Then its huddle, and substitution. We are running guys on and off the field, getting the play in. We've got the clock rolling, which we do in practice too. But just making it as game real as possible with substitution and play calling and situations because all of sudden you are into third-and-two."

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