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Saturday, September 7, 2013
Cook gets start, O'Connor will play for MSU

By Brian Bennett

Michigan State is changing things up at quarterback, as expected.

Sophomore Connor Cook will make his first career start vs. South Florida on Saturday, and redshirt freshman Tyler O'Connor will be his backup. Michigan State also announced that O'Connor, who didn't play in the opener, will see action at some point. Damion Terry, a true freshman, doesn't figure to play this week.

Andrew Maxwell, who has started the past 14 games at quarterback, including last week's opener, will be on the sidelines watching. This doesn't necessarily signal an end to the Maxwell era, as it appears that the Spartans just want to see what they have in Cook and O'Connor. But if one or both of those guys plays well today, then Maxwell might have a tough road finding playing time again.

A change is both understandable and sensible, given how much Michigan State has scuffled in the passing game since the start of last season. Is Cook the answer? He has shown flashes but not sustained consistency. Fans are anxious to get a look at O'Connor, a tall, athletic passer who impressed at times in the preseason.

Spartans fans got the change they were looking for. We'll find out shortly whether that change brings renewed hope.