Michigan State’s coaching staff has a big decision to make today involving Cathedral Prep freshman Damion Terry.
The Spartans (2-0) have been looking for a spark for their struggling offense, and MSU fans have been pleading for Terry to make his debut. Spartans followers have been chanting for Terry at games and voicing their support on Twitter.
The coaching staff has labored over picking a starting quarterback through the first two games — a 26-13 win over Western Michigan and a 21-6 win over South Florida.
It’s critical that MSU settle on a starter soon. The Spartans host Youngstown State (2-0) today at 2 p.m. and then prepare for a trip to South Bend, Ind., next week to face Notre Dame.
Quarterbacks Andrew Maxwell, Connor Cook and Tyler O’Connor have combined to average 105 yards passing while throwing for just one TD in the two games. Meanwhile, the defense has outscored the offense.
Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio obviously will not want to give Terry his first playing time at Notre Dame. So if Terry is to remain in the starting picture he is likely to make his debut today against YSU. If he doesn’t play today, a redshirt is a possibility.
MSU’s offense has been missing the kind of big-play ability — passing and running — that Terry showed throughout his high school career at Prep and then displayed in an impressive scrimmage performance on Aug. 17.
Online reports from outlets in the East Lansing, Mich., area focused on the quarterback dilemma throughout the week, including Terry’s talent, burning his redshirt option and his addition to the QB race. ESPN’s Big Ten blog also focused on Terry.
The game is scheduled to be televised on the Big Ten Network at 2 p.m.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor