QUARTERBACK QUESTIONS: Fifth-year senior Andrew Maxwell started every game and was a Michigan State co-captain in 2012. But he had to fend off stiff challenges from sophomore Connor Cook, redshirt-freshman Tyler O'Connor and true freshman Damion Terry to earn a second chance. Maxwell completed just 52.5 percent of his passes and threw for only 13 touchdowns as the successor to school career passing king Kirk Cousins, who produced back-to-back 11-win seasons. With more experience, fewer dropped passes, more players to share the load and fewer injuries, Maxwell believes this year will be different.
TWO-FOR-ONE DEAL: When Michigan State workhorse Le'Veon Bell left for the NFL, Dantonio had a casting call for running backs and looked at seven possible replacements. The Spartans appear to have settled on fleet junior Jeremy Langford, a former cornerback and receiver, and bruising redshirt-freshman Riley Bullough,Manchester United Jersey Online
, a converted linebacker. Together, they might night have the 421 touches that Bell did last season. Yet, they might be just as productive and present new problems for opposing defenses.