April 17, 2012

Video: Dantonio discusses Maxwell injury

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EAST LANSING - Andrew Maxwell, who is expected to start at quarterback for Michigan State next fall, sustained a sprained knee during Saturday's scrimmage, Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio announced to media prior to practice on Tuesday.

"He may or may not be back be back by the end of spring ball," Dantonio said. "We will see how it goes early in the week next week. It's a non-surgical thing."

Maxwell sustained the injury while escaping the pocket during Saturday's scrimmage. It was a non-contact injury.

"He was just leaving the pocket, sort of backing away from the defense and sort of fell backward," Dantonio said.

Connor Cook, a freshman who redshirted last fall, has taken over first-string duties. Dantonio said Cook is likely to see action for both the Green and White during the annual spring-ending scrimmage on April 28 at Spartan Stadium.

"We will be able to put a scholarship player at every position, we think," Dantonio said.

Dantonio said the Spartans will still hold a spring game draft on April 25 and proceed as usual.

"We have to look at it as an opportunity and a positive," Dantonio said. "If it had to happen, you would rather have him (Maxwell) do it. Connor needs the work. Connor is the true freshman. Andrew has been in the system for three years and he will be ready to go, and he may be able to come back next week but we won't push that."

In looking back at Saturday's scrimmage and other items, Dantonio said:

  • He thought the defense played "very well, came away with some turnovers."

  • The offense "moved the ball a little bit and then have a problem whether it was a turnover, a bad snap or a penalty - things we can fix."

  • Chris Norman and Bennie Fowler were back on the field in non-contact mode on Tuesday.

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