It might have been a little too much for Erie football fans to ask.
After all, how often do two true freshmen from the same high school start for a Big Ten program?
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio confirmed today that Damion Terry and Delton Williams — both true freshmen from Cathedral Prep — will not start Friday in the Spartans’ season opener against Western Michigan. Both had been involved in online speculation after relatively strong preseason performances.
Terry had been in a four-way competition with senior Andrew Maxwell, sophomore Connor Cook and redshirt freshman Tyler O’Connor. Dantonio announced today that Maxwell, the returning starter, will open at quarterback Friday. However, in an unusual twist, the Michigan State depth chart listed four starters at QB, as the Detroit Free Press reported.
Meanwhile, Williams was listed No. 4 on the depth chart at running back behind junior Jeremy Langford, who will start, redshirt freshman Riley Bullough and junior Nick Hill. Williams is listed along with fellow freshman Gerald Holmes at No. 4.
What does this mean for the rest of the season? Will Terry or Williams redshirt? Will either see playing time Friday?
Those are questions that only Michigan State’s coaching staff can answer.
Here’s what Dantonio said about Terry today via the Michigan State Twitter account: His playing time “depends on how (Terry) practices. We’re going to use our football team. He needs to continue to improve. Skill-set is there …”
Dantonio did say Cook would also play Friday, but he did not mention Terry’s role. Dantonio added that the quarterbacks have handled the competition well. “Our QBs are very selfless,” he said. “They’re asking what do we need to do to beat Western Michigan.”
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor