New Michigan State OC discusses QB battle, talks offensive strategy
The biggest story for the past two seasons in East Lansing has been the offense. Michigan State’s inability to put points on the scoreboard has been a serious problem for the program over the last 26 games.
New offensive coordinator Jay Johnson is hoping to remedy those issues this fall. Considering all the unique circumstances surrounding college football this season, it won’t be easy. But for the Spartans to return to the top of the B1G, they’ll have to start finding ways to move the ball.
On Friday, Johnson met with reporters to talk about his plans schematically, as well as the ongoing quarterback battle.
Johnson wants the Michigan State offense to be balanced this season, having the ability to both throw the football and establish a strong rushing attack. Right now, he says he’s “unafraid to do either one of them.” What the Spartans will focus on will depend on opponent.
A lot of what Michigan State wants to do offensively could depend on the quarterback situation. Johnson is currently rotating quarterbacks Rocky Lombardi, Payton Thorne and Theo Day have been getting equal reps, and that the battle for the No. 1 spot will likely continue for a few more weeks, Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press reported.
Johnson didn’t rule out the possibility of the battle continuing into the season, but hopes to have the starting position locked down by Michigan State’s Oct. 24 opener against Rutgers.