Coming off of a disappointing 7-6 season in 2018, Michigan State decided to make the more than necessary, and perhaps long overdue, decision to shake up its coaching staff, hoping to jump-start an anemic and underperforming offense from recent years moving forward.
But now after moving around the offensive staff, the next question regarding what else could send the offense in the right direction could be made about the quarterback position.
The Spartans now have more questions than answers about the quarterback position after Brian Lewerke turned in a disappointing season, which could partially be blamed by the fact he batted a shoulder injury for part of the year, while Rocky Lombardi showed promise at times, but also left plenty to be desired.
But in an offseason where a number of top quarterbacks have entered the transfer portal, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio told reporters that he doesn’t expect to see his team bringing in any quarterbacks via transfer.
“I don't anticipate doing that right now,” he said. “I don't want to do that. That's not the way that we're going to go. As I said earlier, the easy thing, guys, is to say, hey, we've got a great defense; (so) let's get rid of the offensive guys. Let's shake the quarterback out over here. Put a little pixie dust right here and everything's going to be okay. That's not necessarily the situation.”
Dantonio and his staff took a long hard look at a few. But they decided to stay put. Spartan Nation founder Hondo Carpenter will have much more detail (Including names that they looked at) in the next War Room.
After throwing for nearly 2,800 yards and 20 touchdowns while completing 59% of his passes in 13 games in 2017, Lewerke totaled just 2,040 yards and eight touchdowns and saw his completion percentage dip down to 54.3% and also threw 11 interceptions in 2018.
But despite Lewerke regressing this past season, Dantonio said that he still believes in his soon-to-be senior signal caller because of what he proved and accomplished in 2017.
“Brian Lewerke, I think understands our terminology,” he said. “He's been successful here in the past. I think he can be successful and I have faith in that. And so I put my faith in the people that I know and that's the direction we're going to go.”
As far as what Lewerke’s status is moving forward regarding his health, all signs point to that the shoulder injury won’t be a long term issue and Dantonio said he doesn’t think Lewerke will need any surgery this offseason.
“No, I don't anticipate surgery there,” he said. “I would be very surprised if there was surgery. I think he needs a little bit of rest. I thought that he threw the ball pretty well at the bowl game. You know, it's not always about throwing the football. It's about decision-making, too. I think he's very, very capable of doing what he's always been able to do in the past.”
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