2011 Spartan Nation Football Profile: #10 QB Andrew Maxwell
Expectation:Â Back up QB Future Starter and NFL Prospect
Height:Â Â 6â€™4â€
2011 Eligibility:Â Sophomore
EXP:Â 1 Letter
Status:Â Back up QB Future Starter and NFL Prospect
Strengths:Â Last year against Northern Colorado in the fourth quarter the Spartans had a third and eight with just over 6:40 left in the game.Â They were at the Northern Colorado 47.Â He threw a ball 55-yards in the air under pressure.Â It was incomplete, but he showed what some think is a better arm than Cousins and all the smarts.Â Maxwell is a star, folksâ€¦a true star on and off the field.
Weakness:Â If one were being 100% honest it is almost unfair to characterize a weakness in the game of Maxwell.Â He is perhaps the most talented QB MSU has EVER had.Â Yes, I said EVER.Â Against the Boilermakers the Spartans faced a third and two at the Boilers 38 in the first quarter.Â Maxwell had a five-step drop on a play action pass and he overthrew his WR.Â That is only a matter of timing and frankly you can only get that with game experience.Â The staff did a terrible job of getting Maxwell as many reps as he should have last season and I expect that to get fixed this season.Â He wonâ€™t start three years like Cousins, but he will have a better first year than Kirk did next season and could leave a better overall QB.
Final Analysis:Â My praise of Maxwell is not a disrespect of Cousins, just a statement of the amazing talent that Maxwell has.Â He will be special and frankly already is a special young man.