Brian Lewerke had plenty of options in his first full season as Michigan State’s starting quarterback, from several running backs to take his handoffs to a bevy of receivers to haul in his throws.
The good news for the Spartans is most of that cast is back, including Lewerke, leading rusher LJ Scott and leading receiver Felton Davis III.
That trio, in fact, ranks 11th in ESPN’s list of the top “triplets” (quarterback, running back, receiver) in college football, posted Friday.
“One of the most balanced triplets to make this list,” ESPN’s Jake Trotter writes “Lewerke, Scott and Davis all had productive seasons last year.”
Lewerke completed 59 percent of his passes last season for 2,793 yards and 20 touchdowns (with seven interceptions), while also rushing for 559 yards and five TDs. Those rushing totals were second on the team to Scott, who had 898 yards (4.5 average) with eight TDs, taking the majority of snaps ahead of Gerald Holmes and Madre London.
Davis, meanwhile, was the Spartans’ top deep threat, leading the team in receptions (55), yards (776), average (14.1) and receiving TDs (nine), though Darrell Stewart also had 50 catches, with Stewart and freshman Cody White combining for almost 1,000 receiving.
The Lewerke-Scott-Davis triumvirate ranks third in the Big Ten among ESPN’s top triplets, following Wisconsin’s group of quarterback Alex Hornibrook, running back Jonathan Taylor, and wide receiver Quintez Cephus (No. 8 overall), and Penn State’s trio of quarterback Trace McSorley, running back Miles Sanders and receiver Juwan Johnson (No. 6)