Michigan State Football head coach Mark Dantonio has never started a freshman at quarterback. This year that might change as a 6’4’ 220 pound dual threat quarterback in Damion Terry arrives in East Lansing this summer.
“I’ve never had a freshman quarterback … 10th year (head) coaching, never had a freshman quarterback play,” Mark Dantonio said. “I guess I’ve never really had a redshirt freshman quarterback play. But (Terry) is extremely talented and all of them bring something to the table, and I think that’s the thing that I’m excited about.”
Coming off a great senior season at Erie Cathedral Prep, Terry threw for 3,599 yards and 50 touchdowns and also ran 699 yards for 12 rushing touchdowns. With these great numbers coupled with his size and determination, the idea of him leading the Spartans from the start of his college career is not a ridiculous notion.
“I’m excited to play, and I want to play right away,” said Terry, “But if it ends up that I redshirt, I’m not gonna take anything from it other than to use it — hit the weight room, hit the books and get ready for my chance.”
Last year’s starting quarterback, Andrew Maxwell, is returning for his senior season. Given that he had a patchy and rough beginning to Michigan State’s 7-5 season is the main reason why a change behind center is possibly happening. Maxwell started all 13 games last year, throwing 2606 yards and 13 touchdowns with nine interceptions.Andrew Maxwell, Damion Terry, Mark Dantonio, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, MSU, NCAA, Western Michigan Broncos