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CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner saw action in 28 career games (14 starts), completing 53 percent of his passes (278-for-530) for 3,014 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions . . . finished his career ranked among MSU's all-time leaders in pass attempts (11th with 530), pass completions (13th with 278) and passing yards (14th with 3,014) . . . became the 18th Spartan in program history to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors four times.
2013 SEASON (SENIOR): Saw action in six games (Western Michigan, South Florida, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan, Stanford) and started the season opener vs. WMU . . . completed 46 percent of his passes (15-of-33) for 114 yards . . . was 4-of-9 passing for 40 yards against South Florida . . . completed 11-of-21 passes for 74 yards against the Broncos in the season opener . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2012 SEASON (JUNIOR): Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in passing (200.5 yards per game) and sixth in total offense (192.3 ypg.) . . . completed 53 percent of his passes (234-of-446) for 2,606 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions . . . had six 200-yard passing games in 2012 . . . ranked among MSU's Top 10 single-season leaders in pass attempts (second with 446), pass completions (fourth with 234), passing yards (seventh with 2,606) and total offense (eighth with 2,500 yards) . . . elected a captain by his teammates . . . recipient of the team's Clarence Underwood Sportsmanship Award (offense) . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the third-straight year . . . completed 13-of-29 passes for 143 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions at Minnesota . . . threw for a career-high 297 yards on 22-of-46 throws vs. Northwestern; had two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Wildcats . . . was 9-of-27 passing for 123 yards, including a 46-yard TD pass to Tony Lippett, vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . recorded his fifth 200-yard passing game of the season by completing 24-of-39 throws for 216 yards in the overtime win at Wisconsin . . . on MSU's last two possessions against the Badgers, Maxwell was 9-of-11 for 81 yards and two TDs . . . with MSU trailing 10-3 late in the fourth quarter against UW, Maxwell led the Spartans on a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in 4:58, capped by a 5-yard TD toss to Le'Veon Bell with just 1:08 remaining; Maxwell was 8-of-9 for 69 yards on that drive . . . was 21-of-34 passing for 192 yards, one touchdown and one interception at No. 23 Michigan . . . completed 12-of-31 passes for 179 yards and one interception vs. Iowa . . . had a career-high 24 completions for 290 passing yards in the 31-27 comeback win at Indiana; the 290 passing yards marked the fourth most by a Spartan quarterback against the Hoosiers . . . engineered his second fourth-quarter comeback of the season as his 36-yard TD pass to Bennie Fowler proved to be the game winner at Indiana . . . completed 22-of-42 throws for 269 yards and one touchdown against No. 14 Ohio State; his 269 passing yards were the sixth-best single-game total by a Spartan quarterback against the Buckeyes . . . was 16-for-29 passing for 159 yards, including a 10-yard TD pass to Dion Sims, against Eastern Michigan . . . completed 23-of-45 passes for 187 yards vs. No. 20 Notre Dame . . . became the first Spartan quarterback to win his first two starts since Jeff Smoker in 2000 . . . threw for 275 yards on 20-of-31 passing, including TD tosses to Sims (20 yards) and Bennie Fowler (7 yards), at Central Michigan . . . in his first career start, completed 22-of-38 passes for 248 yards to help lead MSU past No. 24 Boise State.
2011 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second-straight year . . . saw action in four games, completing 69 percent of his passes (18-of-26) for 171 yards and one touchdown . . . completed 4-of-7 throws for 22 yards in second-half action against Indiana . . . was an efficient 7-of-8 passing for 71 yards against Central Michigan, including his first career TD pass, a 3-yard strike to Dion Sims . . . was 6-of-10 passing for 63 yards while playing a majority of the second half in the win over Florida Atlantic . . . played in one series in the fourth quarter vs. Youngstown State in the 2011 season opener and completed his only pass attempt for 15 yards to Tony Lippett.
2010 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): 2010-11 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . saw action in five games in 2010 (vs. Western Michigan, Northern Colorado, Iowa, Purdue and Alabama) . . . completed 44 percent of his passes (11-of-25) for 123 yards . . . went 2-for-6 passing for a season-high 43 yards vs. No. 15 Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl, including a 34-yard strike to Charlie Gantt . . . played one series in the first half vs. Purdue after Cousins went to the locker room with a shoulder injury . . . hit 2-of-3 passes for 10 yards against the Boilermakers . . . connected on 4-of-10 throws for 29 yards while playing in the fourth quarter at No. 18 Iowa . . . completed 3-of-5 passes for 41 yards vs. Northern Colorado, including a 21-yard toss to Bennie Fowler late in the first quarter.
2009 SEASON: Redshirted . . . presented the Jim Adams Award (unsung hero) after being selected Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top pro-style quarterbacks by Rivals.com (No. 9) . . . rated among the country's top drop-back quarterbacks by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 18) . . . listed among the nation's top quarterbacks by Scouts, Inc. (No. 18) and Scout.com (No. 36) . . . ranked among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 54) . . . rated among the state's top seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 4), Rivals.com (No. 4), The Detroit News (No. 5) and Lansing State Journal (No. 7) . . . received Associated Press All-State special mention in 2008 . . . first-team All-Saginaw Valley League selection as a senior . . . started 45 of 48 career varsity games played at Midland (Mich.) High School . . . played for both Terry Wilczek and Eric Methner at Midland . . . completed 151-of-254 throws (.594) for 2,032 yards, 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2008 while leading the Chemics to a 10-2 record . . . recorded two 200-yard passing games as a senior . . . hit 27-of-48 passes for 270 yards, three TDs and one interception vs. Davison in the 2008 regional final . . . threw for 172 yards and four scores in a 43-40 victory over Flint Southwestern . . . connected on 16-of-21 tosses for 188 yards and three TDs vs. Flint Central . . . completed 12-of-14 throws for 174 yards and five TDs vs. Flint Northern . . . participated in the 2008 Nike Elite 11 Quarterback Camp . . . hit 134-of-262 passes (.510) for 2,024 yards, 18 TDs and seven interceptions as a junior while leading Midland to the Division 2 state championship game . . . set 14 school single-game, single-season and career passing records . . . completed 387-of-778 career passes (.497) for 5,488 yards, 54 TDs and 34 interceptions . . . also lettered in track and field and basketball . . . finished second in the high jump (personal best 6-7) at the Division 1 state finals as a senior . . . recognized as one of Saginaw Valley League's top scholar-athletes, earning all-academic honors in all three sports . . . graduated with a 4.35 grade-point average, ranking in the top 10 percent of his class . . . member of the National Honor Society . . . served as president of the Midland student council . . . in May 2009, received a first-place award for his sports news story in Focus, Midland's student newspaper, from the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association . . . son of Mark and Karen Maxwell . . . born Jan. 7, 1991 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majored in marketing.
CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Made an appearance in the final series against No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game . . . started against TCU in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, completing 6-of-15 passes for 28 yards . . . was 2-of-6 passing for 43 yards vs. No. 15 Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl.
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