September 25, 2010

Meaningful reps will help Maxwell

EAST LANSING - Before the start of the season, Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell indicated that he hoped red-shirt freshman quarterback Andrew Maxwell would have an opportunity to get meaningful playing time during the non-conference season the way Kirk Cousins did when he was the understudy to Brian Hoyer.

During the 2008 season, Cousins made his college debut against Eastern Michigan in the second quarter with the game on the line. Then a red-shirt freshman, Cousins completed 3 of 4 pass attempts with the first string offense and guided the Spartans down the field on a 28-yard touchdown drive that proved to be the game-winner.

Maxwell, who made his college debut against Western Michigan, came into last Saturday's contest late in the first quarter with Michigan State leading 14-0. And for the first few plays of Maxwell's series with the first-string offense, it looked like he might guide his team down the field the way Cousins had done two years earlier.

A fumble by talented red-shirt freshman Bennie Fowler ended Maxwell's opportunity to work with the first-string defense. But even though the former Midland star could not complete a potential scoring drive, the 6-foot-3, 200 pound former Elite 11 Quarterback selection believes that reps he received will fuel his development.

"I feel like anytime you get game snaps, it is a learning opportunity," said Maxwell. "You can't simulate game snaps. Any time I can get in there and get actual snaps with the actual team will be valuable."

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