It’s no surprise Michigan State’s defense may already be ahead of the curve this preseason. However, despite a few mistakes, Andrew Maxwell and his offensive teammates showed well in the team’s first jersey scrimmage.
"We got a good week of practice under our belt,” said Maxwell. “So we just wanted to come out and execute. We've got pretty much our whole offense in, so we wanted to come out and be crisp mentally. We had some mental errors, but we'll get those cleaned up. We'll be ready to get back to work tomorrow.”
While Sunday’s mistakes were painful, Maxwell knows in the future they’ll hurt the Spartans chances of fighting for a Big Ten title.
"The self-inflicted wounds and unforced errors killed drives,” explained Maxwell. “Despite being the first scrimmage, there weren't too many penalties, so that's always a plus.
"We have to go back and clean up those mental mistakes. Obviously, there were some plays today that we simply beat ourselves on. If we can eliminate those mistakes from our game, we'll be a lot more productive next week (in the second preseason scrimmage)."
One person that impressed the Spartans quarterback was junior running back Le’Veon Bell who could be on the verge of becoming a household name.
"The preseason pub Le’Veon Bell is getting is well deserved,” said Maxwell. “He showed that today. When you combine the way he runs the ball with toughness along with his moves, he's truly a special back.”
Another weapon Maxwell is looking for a big year from is wide receiver Bennie Fowler.
"If I've said it once this preseason, I've said it 100 times: it's great to see Bennie (Fowler) healthy,” said Maxwell. “He can make plays for us down field."