Former Michigan State quarterback and current Washington Redskin, Kirk Cousins, was one of the greatest quarterbacks in the school’s history while at MSU according to the record books.
To say that stepping up as the team’s new starter under center might be a daunting task could be an understatement. But that’s just what junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell is primed to do, and wants to do.
Maxwell has been patiently waiting his turn while watching and learning from Cousins over the past few seasons. With the latter having joined up with NFL first-round draft pick, Robert Griffin III, in the nation’s capital, Maxwell looks to hit the ground running.
But he’s not charged with doing it alone.
In fact, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio brought Maxwell along to Chicago for last week’s Big Ten media days where ESPN.com caught up with highly-touted high school recruit and spoke with him about the ensuing furor of the impending season.
“It’s definitely an honor and flattering to see,” Maxwell told ESPN.com. “I don’t have any starting experience under my belt.”
It’s true. Of all the athletes and conference players in attendance, Maxwell was the sole player to have never started a game at the collegiate level. Sitting out for nearly all of spring practice and the early scrimmages with a knee injury didn’t help either.
“It was tough in the timing of it,” he said. “Up until that point, we had two or three really good practices on offense. We were really clicking. So it was kind of disheartening to have to sit out and watch the first group go on without me.
“I wanted to get those reps and start building relationships with the guys, but I couldn’t. Obviously, that’s going to put a heavier weight on training camp and the reps I’ve got to get done there.”
One person who’s not worried about Maxwell’s position is coach Dantonio himself. Having watched the talented, young player study under Cousins and compete in practice for the past few years, Dantonio told ESPN.com that he’s got every bit of confidence in his team’s new leader.
“He’s played for us for three years, so it’s not like he’s a guy who will have to learn the offense,” head coach Mark Dantonio said. “He’s a very quick study. What he needs to do is get back in rhythm with his wideouts, but they’ve been throwing all summer.”
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