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Also, Mark Dantonio talks about 2013 RBs.
DeAnthony Arnett and Andrew Maxwell bring some MSU teammates to help out at the M.B.S. Flag Football League Saturday at Northwood University.
Dantonio believes the tailback spot is one of the easier ones for incoming players to transition into.
At the risk of being downvoted for rehashing, I really hope the competition at QB actually does take place and Maxwell isn't simply handed the job.
I hope so too. I think Tyler O'Connor can make some waves. And at least Connor Cook seems to be a gamer. Maxwell sometimes just looks like he doesn't care out there (like Jay Cutler....incidentally his favorite QB).
This is uncharted territory. I have always looked forward to a season with a senior-lead MSU QB. This season I'm hoping the senior QB is "dethroned". I know, Maxwell is a nice guy, humble, smart, has a rifle arm, and was a great high-school high jumper.
But he lacks the intangibles to lead this team. Look no further than his performance in the bowl game - he's timid. Maybe, MAYBE, he can turn it around this off-season. But I'm not betting he suddenly grasps "intangibles". That's why they're "intangible". You either have them, or you don't.
Arnett on the other hand, is great news. This WR corps just might be a strength next year.
If there is hope for 2013, it's an improved WR corps and a new QB under-center who is ready to kick some ass.
Yeah well color me skeptical regarding the WRs being a strength. Just like our Offensive line, I am going to need to see some actual on the field evidence of good play before I declare the position group to be a strength.
Jay Cutler? Really?
Maxwell to Arnett is the practice version of Montana to Rice.
Cook didn't have good stats in the bowl game but one thing I noticed was after we changed possession he wanted to get back on the field, tried to run out only to get stopped by coach. Maxwell almost seemed to be afraid to go back out.
The first time MSU basketball aired in France the French surrendered to Tom Izzo just to be safe.
I can understand this.
But MSU has some depth here, and we saw flashes with Burbridge and Mumphery. Arnett working hard is a plus.
That's why I said "WR corps just might be a strength". Not "will be a strength".
I might add that that unlike OL, MSU has a history of developing WR talent. Hell, they turned Blaire White into an NFL WR. Yeah, he was a back-up, but still...
They have such a cake schedule early so they all will get a chance to play and te best one will get more time. That's my prediction anyway.
It doesn't seem logical that Dantonio wouldn't want the competition. Either Maxwell improves and wins the job or Dantonio starts with a younger QB and lives with the learning curve. Saying that Max is the starter until dethroned I perfectly understand but to say he gets the job no matter what is a real coaching issue that I don't believe Dantonio suffers from...
The moment is eternal
It'll be very interesting to see the first QB and the first RB drafted for the spring game.
How's Madaris progressing?
"Look at this. An entire generation of Cinderellas, and there's no glass slipper coming." -- Mother in ALMOST FAMOUS
Dantonio mentioned him during NSD I believe. I think he said he's as good as Burbridge but a leg injury hampered his development last year so he was forced to redshirt.
WR picture will be interesting this year. Top 4 WRs return with a full year of experience but now there's also the likes of Kings, Arnett, Sims, Madaris competing for snaps. I don't care what anyone says, that is some immense talent at WR and I fail to believe they can't be a plus group this season.
+1 and 8 others have agreed with your comment.....that said, I have high hopes it's going to be wide open. Maxwell lost it down the stretch badly and Cook showed a competent QB can move this offense. O'connor will be heavily involved too and I'm sure they want Terry to redshirt but what IF he blows everyone away? You never know.....
btw....here's an article in November about Arnett and not redshirting this year: damn shame he didn't. I give Coach D' props for admitting his mistake.
I hope Arnett gets PT this year. We seriously lacked speed on offense last year. Fowler lost speed after his injury, Lippett is more of a long strider and we sucked with deep routes due to lack of protection, Mumphery is more of a possession guy, Burbridge was probably the fastest guy on the field last year. We need a more dynamic slot option to mismatch vs. linebackers, I loved the crossing route Burbridge scored on vs. TCU because he got matched up with a LB.
great post. Burbridge is the MAN make no mistake gents....he was only held back by his injury IMO. He will blow the lid off this conference IF he has someone to get him the ball IMO.....Couldn't agree MORE about Arnett in the slot. He will have to fight off Kings for that role however. I see both those guys having the quicks, hands and moves to play the Keyshawn role. They CANNOT BE COVERED in the slot: not unless the D' puts in a nickle back and then that opens up Burbridge for go routes deep...Madaris will be in the mix too.
NO way, no how will these WR's be a weakness this year. I was skeptical and worried last year and it came to fruition. I feel MUCH better this year going forward because they showed great progress when someone actually got them the ball which wasn't often enough. (I also agree with Macks comment on Mumphrey: he is a great possession guy and is physical too(
The WRs did get better near the end of the year...but they still can't hang with elite secondaries (like TCU) as we saw. However, Maxwell's regression made it a problem too. He flat out missed some open WRs sometimes or failed to even look their way.
I really hope the QBs being live helps Maxwell get up to game speed, but I fear that he just lacks the intangibles needed. Hopefully Cook or O'Connor can bring that spark plus the running threat. Loved seeing Cook run for that first down, TCU decidedly looked more careful when dropping back into coverage from then on.
Who proof-read this? A drunk editor?
I agree...Maxwell is a senior captain, so he won't be in the draft pool. Cook looked really bad last year and his overall performance in the bowl game was disappointing. I wouldn't be surprised if O'Connor is the first qb drafted.
Me neither. Dude just has the "it" factor I think.
Also, disagree with your opinion on Cook's bowl performance. The offense noticeably picked up when he was at the reins.
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We won the bowl game because of Cook....
This, but not only the first, the second will be telling too. What if it goes O'Conner, Cook, Terry, or even O'Connor, Terry, Cook? That will say a hell of a lot about the team's faith in Maxwell.
Terry won't be there.
Ah crap, forgot Maxwell would already be placed on a team. I was excited to see whether someone else gets drafted before Maxwell, ala Cousins vs Nichol
Intense competition at both WR and QB will really benefit this team. If Maxwell is our starter in the fall, then I want to see him seriously pushed by everybody else at QB. Ditto for the WRs. Don't want a repeat of this past season where we come out of the gates unable to catch a damn thing.
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