Just so we are all on the same page here, I want to let everyone know COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK!!
This glorious event inspired me to return to tumblr and write a long overdue post. Guess what its about?! You got it, Michigan State University Spartan Football!!
BUT, I’m not hear to bore you with more talk about this nationally recognized defense. If you follow the team at all you’ve read and heard plenty about the Spartan Dawgs. My only message for them is to bring it.
This post is focusing on the other side of the ball. In particular, why there will be no need to read into how much the Spartans are going to “go through some growing pains” as some major media outlets seem to think (Yahoo! this is why nobody likes you!).
Again, just so we’re all on the same page here, we all loved Kirk Cousins. Outstanding human being all-around and played his way into the Spartan Football history books. But, Andrew Maxwell has patiently waited his turn to lead this team. It became his team the moment we all got done celebrating the bowl victory over Georgia. He’s known it was his job and when called upon during Cousin tenure he’s gave no need to worry.
Judging by some recent articles citing Maxwell’s inexperience you’d think he was a freshman. Funny thing about Maxwell is before he was a college freshman he participated in Nike’s Elite 11 Quarterback camp and was a top 10 pro-style quarterback in his class. And while he redshirted his freshman year of college he was voted the Scout Team Offensive MVP.
You should love a leader that wants to be in the position lead. Last week Maxwell was quoted saying, “Our big goal is to get to the Rose Bowl, the BCS games, and the national championship.” Michigan State players, coaches, and fans have waited a long time to hear a statement like that and have it be more than just a statement. It is now an expectation. These players, coaches, and fans expect to be in the conversation for a long time.
Now that I’ve told you we don’t have a Denard-esqe arm back there throwing wobbly meatballs, let’s talk about who is goin’ up and gettin’ it.
Truth is I don’t really know. But, I’m going to Keep Calm and Sparty On. The same media outlets that are quick to point out the new guy (Maxwell), have a lot to say about the little experience the receiving core has. But, I want to ask you
something a couple things about some recent Spartan Football seasons:
What did you know about Devin Thomas before his Junior year? Did you know he had six catches his sophomore year?
Remember when Keith Nichol transferred from Oklahoma, where he was a backup quarterback to Sam Bradford? Remember when he had to wide receiver for the bowl game against Texas Tech? Remember the first Wisconsin game last year?…………………………… I do. I was happy.
My point is, I will absolutely live with the production out of an unsung wideouts like we have had the last few years. Bennie Fowler seems eager to be the guy to step up and fill the role this year. Also, Dion Sims makes for a big safety blanket and by all accounts had an excellent spring.
Lastly, the running game. It starts and ends with Le’Veon Bell. For good reason, Bell has earned very high praise going into this season. He gained 948 yards all while splitting carries for the majority of the season last year with Edwin Baker. Oh, and he racked up 13 touchdowns too. If you are smart enough to follow me on twitter be prepare for #FreeLeVeon all season long.
All the speculation will end soon after you read this post. I’ll take my chances with a leader at quarterback that has played in this system for years, with another group of wide receivers with something to prove, a stud at running back, and some Spartan Dawgs to boot. Go Green!