Brian Lewerke gets call as MSU starting QB

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Brian Lewerke

East Lansing – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has maintained he’s playing for now, not worrying about any preparations beyond 2016.

On Saturday, Dantonio did both by starting redshirt freshman Brian Lewerke at quarterback against Northwestern. It was the first start of Lewerke’s career, taking over for fifth-year senior Tyler O’Connor, who started the first five games this season.

There’s no doubt the Spartans (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) needed a spark, and if it works out, it could lead to a turnaround to the season and set Michigan State up for next season.

Lewerke’s playing time has been limited to one series against Wisconsin on Sept. 24 when his first pass was intercepted but wiped out because of a pass interference call. He finished 2-for-4 for 26 yards.

O’Connor is 78-for-128 for 976 yards and eight touchdowns along with three interceptions, all coming in the loss to the Badgers. Junior Damion Terry relieved O’Connor last week against BYU, throwing an interception before leading a late touchdown drive.

Spartans might change quarterback, but not philosophy