For the last several weeks, Michigan State's quarterback situation has been very much in limbo. With a shoulder injury having sidelined starter Brian Lewerke for the better part of the last two months, his status for the upcoming Redbox Bowl against Oregon was in doubt. Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio clarified the situation this weekend and revealed who will get the starting nod.
Dantonio has named Lewerke as his starting quarterback in the Redbox Bowl.
Michigan State's head coach revealed on Friday that Lewerke was able to take all of the reps in the practices leading up to the game.
“We wanted to let things take its course through bowl preparation and everything,” Dantonio said Friday during a news conference for the game. “Brian Lewerke will start the game, so he’ll be our starter as we move through. He’s taken all the reps pretty much throughout bowl practices …, so we feel good about that.”
Lewerke has not played since sustaining the shoulder in a November game against Ohio State.
When asked about the injury, Lewerke indicated that the shoulder is doing "a lot better."
“I’m feeling better,” Lewerke said. “I’ve been practicing a little bit, and it’s been a lot better.”
Lewerke played in 10 games for Michigan State this season, completing 54.2-percent of his passes for 1,868 yards and eight touchdowns.
On the ground Lewerke has 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also has two receptions for ten yards and a touchdown through the air.
Michigan State and Oregon are set to kick off at 3 p.m. E.T. on Monday.