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Michigan State Spring Recap Quotes: Offense

May 4, 2017

Sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke

On if he is more open with the team now…
Yeah, I’d say so. I feel like I can say a little more with the guys being more near my age as opposed to last year where there were kind of a lot of older guys. As a younger team, I feel like people like me and other guys my age just need to step up and be leaders.

On what has improved offensively…
I’d say passing game I guess. Overall I think the offense improved, but I’d say passing game.

On if he is more comfortable with the offense…
I do. I feel a lot more comfortable. I know we are playing a lot better and that the coaches trust me a lot more so I think overall it is working a lot better.

On if he is 100 percent heath-wise how that was coming back from the way the season ended…
Yes (he is at 100% health). It was kind of disappointing not being able to be out there. Being able to know what happened at the Michigan game, it probably would not have been the same and we could have won that one. But it’s going to get back out there and transition to being more healthy. It took some time but I think it paid off.

On coach’s encouragement and his confidence as quarterback…
It definitely helps my confidence knowing that he believes in me and knowing that my team believes in me. It helps my confidence out a lot and it helps me play a lot better.

On reps…
I’d say I got a pretty good amount of reps. They were trying to give time to a lot of guys but I think I probably got a lot of them.

On changes in the team this year…
I think the team’s mentality is pretty solid right now. A lot of young guys are stepping up and leading with us, considering our team is going to be very young, so from that aspect it is looking very good.

 

 

On getting the team back to where it was…
I can definitely tell a difference in the offseason workouts. They are more intense and the coaches have been a lot more intense than what they previously have been so I can definitely tell a difference.

On getting the ball rolling…
I mean yeah, before you know it, it’s going to be fall time. The summertime part goes pretty quickly so we are ready to get back out there. I’ve watched the Cotton Bowl game that we won, the Rose Bowl game, and all that stuff just to get me going so it gets me excited for the season.

On how he likes the upside of the offense…
I think the upside is pretty good. Obviously we have some stuff to improve on. You guys probably all watched the spring game and I think we all looked pretty solid with the offense so just kind of improving on that.

Sophomore offensive tackle Cole Chewins

On his development as a player…
Being able to get some game reps last year and getting that game time experience definitely helped me out. Just with the ability to grow, mature, and get used to the sped of the game and the physicality. Especially growing up undersized and the transition to left tackle. Just moving forward and just have to continue that growth, and continue to try to lead the offensive line with Brian (Allen), and continue to make strides and work together as a unit.

On becoming a leader…
We definitely need guys to step up; we have a young team. I mean, we have great senior leadership from the older guys who have played, but at the same time we still need our younger guys to step up. I’m just trying to fill that role, and trying to be a little but more vocal, because I wasn’t the biggest vocal guy. Especially when I first got here, we had great leaders like Jack Conklin and Jack Allen – all of those offensive linemen. So we’re just trying to take a page from their books, and trying to lead those young guys so we can grow as a whole team.

On Brian Lewerke…
Brian is a very smart football player. He has a lot of great qualities and attributes. He’s a leader, he does the right things, he’s able to step up and guide other people in the right direction, and he brings a lot of guys with him, which I think a lot of people look up to. So we’re expecting big things out of him. We just need him to keep motivating us, keep pushing us as a team and bringing guys along with him.

On his thoughts about how spring went…
We had a lot of growth as a team. We had a lot of young guys coming in, stepping up, and trying to work their way into positions and roles. Overall as a unit, we saw a lot of development from the young guys. We’re still continuing to grow and kind of mesh, just continue to work hard and focus on us.

On his love for football…
I think ever since growing up, just having the opportunity to play. I think the team comradery is the biggest thing for me. Just having a good time with your teammates, especially growing up. Then having the opportunity to showcase all of the hard work that you’ve put in, it’s just one heck of an experience.

Senior offensive lineman Brian Allen

On spring practice…
We all came together and decided that we were moving forward and taking the spring for all of the young kids that needed it. I think a lot of people made progress…I thought it was a good, productive spring. The guys came together more than we came apart. I thought it was good overall.

On learning from leadership from the past…
For sure. Whenever we talk about whatever we want to be now, it’s relating to 2013 or 2014, and it’s not that we want to do that because of the success they had, but because that was the right way and that’s why they had the success. Whenever something happens, we want to look at ourselves in the mirror and think about not only the eagles who are in here today, but hold ourselves accountable and to trying to live up to those expectations and not hurting the foundation they worked on to get us where we are. Because those guys really are the reason that we’re where we are or where we were and where we need to get back to. We have to keep living up to their expectations and what they did for us.

On the young guys on the offensive line…
Pretty much all of them. I’m pretty happy with my brother’s class (freshmen). (Luke) Campbell, AJ (Arcuri)… All of those guys worked really hard. Each is going to be a really good player. All three of those guys had really good opportunities to be a good player depending on how hard they want to work. Potential is definitely there. Most of the spring, Luke, most of his reps were at guard to start off but then as we progressed we gave him a shot at tackle and he kind of put himself in the position to be our right tackle going into fall camp.

On talking to his brother, Jack Allen…
We’ll talk every now and then but to be honest, it doesn’t really have to be a conversation. Just the impact that he left here, it’s pretty evident what he’s done here and the example that he’s set. Him, guys like Shilique (Calhoun), that whole class, Darien Harris. Those guys were such great leaders that there didn’t have to be coaches telling them what to do. Like what Coach D (Dantonio) always says: a player led team. Just trying to get back to that. The season came and went so fast, it just didn’t go our way. At the end of it we looked back and said, “What the heck happened?” But, there were definitely a lot of aspects that weren’t there last year that were there for 2015. We’re still a young football team, we just have to get back to what we know.

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