EAST LANSING — The new season started much like last season went for Michigan State’s offense.
There were dropped balls by receivers, quarterbacks struggling to move the team and an inability to punch the ball in the end zone.
MSU quarterback Andrew Maxwell said the positive thing is the mistakes from Friday’s 26-13 season-opening victory over Western Michigan can be fixed.
â€śThe good news is, I feel like a broken record, that itâ€™s all correctable mistakes,” Maxwell said. “I donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s the good news or if thatâ€™s the frustrating part. The mistakes we make are just correctable stuff. Itâ€™s lining up, itâ€™s reading progressions, itâ€™s basic assignments. You can look at it one or two ways, but weâ€™re going to choose to look at it that those are correctable things that we can work on throughout the week of practice and that certainly we can learn from and be better from because of it.”
Maxwell, who was 11 of 21 passing for 74 yards while splitting time under center with Connor Cook, went on to address the dropped passes by the receivers.
â€śWeâ€™re not going to get too discouraged (about the drops),” he said. “Itâ€™s one game so itâ€™s not like there has been a pattern of it. It certainly has gotten a lot better. Weâ€™re not going to get discouraged, weâ€™re going to keep coming back to those guys and expect them to make plays..
MSU had 297 yards of total offense Friday. The defense scored two touchdowns, while the lone offensive score came on a run by Jeremy Langford (one of the bright spots) late in the second quarter. Langford’s touchdown run came on a drive that was aided in 25 yards by Western Michigan penalties.
Maxwell said attention to detail is how MSU can correct its offensive mistakes.
“The first thing is knowing what you did wrong so that will start with the film,” Maxwell said. “Then it comes down to really, it sounds clichĂ©, but you have to treat every rep in practice like itâ€™s a game. You tend to do the same things in practice as you do in a game. We need to have good weeks of practice, we need to have good attention to detail. We really need to be sticklers for the details, for the little things in practice and thatâ€™s just going to carry over to the games.”
Jairus Jones and Kurtis Drummond both expressed after the game confidence that MSU’s offense would get things figured out.
“I know they’re going to turn it around. If they play like how they do against us in camp, I know they can (turn things around),” said Jones, who had two interceptions and helped play a role in 10 points. “I know they can play well. It’s just them having the confidence to do that.”
QUOTABLE: â€śItâ€™s understandable as an offense when you seem to be stalling out and you get the ball in good field position and you canâ€™t seem to capitalize. I can understand how there is a little unrest, how there is a little bit of anxiousness by the crowd to want to see the offense move. And thatâ€™s going to be normal any time the offense is struggling. (We) canâ€™t let that affect us, canâ€™t let that affect us personally. We just need to improve, we need to move the ball and score more points.” – Maxwell on hearing boos and fans chanting for freshman Damion Terry