2011 Spartan Nation Football Profile: #10 QB Andrew Maxwell


Expectation:  Back up QB Future Starter and NFL Prospect


Height:   6’4”


Weight:  215#


2011 Eligibility:  Sophomore


EXP:  1 Letter


Status:  Back up QB Future Starter and NFL Prospect


Strengths:  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.  They were at the Northern Colorado 47.  He threw a ball 55-yards in the air under pressure.  It was incomplete, but he showed what some think is a better arm than Cousins and all the smarts.  Maxwell is a star, folks…a true star on and off the field.


Weakness:  If one were being 100% honest it is almost unfair to characterize a weakness in the game of Maxwell.  He is perhaps the most talented QB MSU has EVER had.  Yes, I said EVER.  Against the Boilermakers the Spartans faced a third and two at the Boilers 38 in the first quarter.  Maxwell had a five-step drop on a play action pass and he overthrew his WR.  That is only a matter of timing and frankly you can only get that with game experience.  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.  He won’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:  My praise of Maxwell is not a disrespect of Cousins, just a statement of the amazing talent that Maxwell has.  He will be special and frankly already is a special young man.