Making offensive improvements is the main focus for Michigan State in 2019. After a miserable year on that side of the football, Mark Dantonio understands that things need to change.
Though the defense won Michigan State’s spring game on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing, there were some positive takeaways from the offense, particularly quarterback Brian Lewerke. After a less-than-stellar year under center a year ago, the MSU quarterback looked healthy and slung the ball across the field.
From a physical standpoint, Lewerke looked like the quarterback everyone expected to see last year. But that aspect is only part of the equation if Michigan State wants to enjoy more success offensively this fall.
“Quarterback is such an inspiring position. You need to help people,” Dantonio said, according to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press. “It’s not just you gotta have confidence in yourself — I don’t care if you’re the 1, 2, 3 or 4 — and you’ve gotta inspire other people and your body language has to say so. I think he’ll be ready to go.”
Lewerke battled a shoulder injury throughout last fall, forcing Dantonio to play backup Rocky Lombardi at times. Lewerke’s injury, along with some offensive line issues, caused him to have a bumpy campaign in 2018.
Now that Lewerke appears to be healthy, Michigan State is hoping to see significant progress offensively and compete in the B1G East.
Already, Lewerke is showing he’s physically ready for the 2019 season. Dantonio is confident his quarterback will be ready to lead and inspire in the fall, as well.