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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Maxwell Shows Winner's Character. Can He Win On the Field?

You can dislike Maxwell's play in 2012, however he has handled the adversity with class. Check out this Free Press short story as an example.

There were a lot of cards stacked in that deck against him this year. He appears to take responsibility, not make excuses and there is evidence that he is truly a team guy displaying a high level of character. I think there are plenty of "good" quarterbacks who would have had a "bad year" had they been the Spartans' signal caller in 2012 - and not handled it with the honor that Maxwell displayed. Now, if only he could translate to winning on the field. May the best QB win the spot...

I am not "rooting" for or against Maxwell in spring practice or the summer "open competition".  I just want the player who gives MSU the best chance to win to be the guy. We will see if Spartan fans think they can assess the better QB from their living room and i-pads better than PROFESSIONAL coaches can tell from the practice field. I'll put my chips on what the coaches decide. Does that mean the coaches always make the correct decisions? - no. It just means it's the best place to lay your chips.

Here is the post:

Spartans QB Andrew Maxwell discusses past, future and whether he throws too hard

Posted by James Jahnke
Detroit Free Press Sports Writer

Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell spoke a few days ago with the Midland Daily News, his hometown newspaper.

Maxwell, of course, started every game for MSU this season but was pulled a couple of times during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, in favor of Connor Cook.

Here are some highlights of what Maxwell told the Daily News:

• “If you’re a competitor, you want to be in the game. From a competitive standpoint, it was disappointing. But more than anything, I want to be a team player, and I want to do what’s best for the team. The best thing was for me to be as supportive as I could. That meant encouraging Connor and helping him out any way I could. The team comes first. That takes precedence over any personal goals you want to set for yourself.”

Click here for the rest of the interview and story.

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