Lewerke: The Offense Is "Ready To Play"

Lewerke: The Offense Is "Ready To Play"

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Lewerke: The Offense Is "Ready To Play"

Junior quarterback Brian Lewerke, the Spartans’ field general, is becoming more comfortable with the way his offense is performing in Fall camp.  He says the unit it ready to go.

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The season opener is within sniffing distance.

A week from Friday, Michigan State will kick things off at home against Utah State, under the lights at Spartan Stadium.

Expectations continue to be sky high for the Spartans thanks to a loaded roster that has all but three starters returning from last season’s team that went 10-3 and, in the process, wiped away all of the garbage from the disaster of 2016’s 3-9 performance.

In the two polls that “matter” at this point, Michigan State is firmly and comfortably at the #12 spot (Amway Coaches Poll) and the #11 spot (AP).

Those spots give the Spartans a view of the landscape that’s almost as nice as the view of the Red Cedar River from behind the Hannah Administration Building on a beautiful Fall afternoon in East Lansing.

The Spartans are probably approaching the point of being sick of looking at one another on the other side of the line of scrimmage as Fall camp drudges on.

The dorm rooms that they all cram into are probably beginning to feel like tiny cages.

How does Raequan Williams actually fit into a standard Case Hall bed anyway?

After two scrimmages, it’s beginning to sound like things might be clicking for the man who will be most responsible for leading this team into a season that features those aforementioned sky high expectations.

Brian Lewerke said that he was a bit frustrated with the way the offense performed after the team’s first scrimmage and he provided some additional color after practice yesterday.

“Scrimmage one, I’d give it a C-minus. But the last scrimmage was a B-plus or A-minus,” was what the field general had to say about the progress the offense is making.

Scrimmage one sounds like my academic performance in East Lansing.

Scrimmage two sounds like the academic performance of a person other than me.

“I think we definitely improved on the stuff we needed to do.  I think us, as an offense, and us, as a team, are ready to play.”

Ready to play.

This is an offensive unit that loses just a single starter from last season’s team – and with former center Brian Allen off to the NFL, it appears as though Tyler Higby is filling the void left by Allen more than suitably after Mark Dantonio made it clear that Higby has taken control of that role for the time being.

Lewerke stands to benefit from having played a full season without any interruption with an offensive line that is strong, athletic, experienced, and deep.

That’s all likely to give Lewerke confidence that could allow him to stay in that pocket for even a split second longer and find a streaking Darrell Stewart rather than tuck and run prematurely.

Speaking of Stewart, Lewerke likes what he’s seeing out of Stewart so far.

“He’s just making plays out there,” is what Lewerke had to say about Stewart after yesterday’s practice.

While that quote is about as revealing as the clothes I allow my daughters to wear when they leave the house, it certainly is better than Lewerke saying, “I wish Stewart didn’t stink so bad out there – it’d be nice if he would catch a pass every now and then.”

Stewart stands to benefit from the departure of Hunter Rison.

Along with Felton Davis and Cody White, Darrell Stewart appears ready to give Lewerke a bevy of options for an offense that has the potential to be dangerously balanced.

For right now, with August starting to wind down and the season coming into view, Lewreke is saying the things you want to hear your junior year quarterback and program leader say when championships are part of those sky high expectations.

Soon, Lewerke will be able to give grades to the offense that will actually count – and there is every reason to believe that the Spartans will earn better than that C-minus when it all matters.

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