EAST LANSING, Mich. - In the latest edition of Monday Morning Quarterback, Michigan State starter Andrew Maxwell talked with msuspartans.com about the progress he made from week one to week two, the play of the freshmen wide receivers at Central Michigan, and the protection the offensive line has given him the first two games.
In the 41-7 win at Central Michigan, Maxwell threw for a career-high 275 yards while completing 20-of-31 passes. He passed for a career-best two touchdowns, including a 20-yarder to Dion Sims and a 7-yarder to Bennie Fowler.
With the victory over the Chippewas, Maxwell became the first Spartan quarterback to win his first two starts since Jeff Smoker in 2000.
On progress from Boise State to Central Michigan...
"We had some guys get the ball in space and make some plays. That's what we wanted to do. We want to make our offense two-dimensional, because if you want to be effective in one, you have to be effective in both. First week, we really established the run. (Saturday) we got the passing game going and that's going to keep us rolling through the season."
On freshmen wide receivers (Aaron Burbridge, Macgarrett Kings Jr.) getting reps at CMU...
"It's great, especially for the young guys who have played sparingly or haven't played much at all. Just to get that game experience, they work so hard in practice, those game reps are really something you can't duplicate for them. To get that action was huge for their development."
On third down conversions...
"That's something we did well last week against Boise, we converted well on third down, so you can leave yourself third and short or third and medium. That's something that comes with running the football and making completions on first and second down and not leaving yourself big third and longs. You're going to give yourself a lot better opportunity to covert those third downs and keep the drive moving."
On no sacks allowed by offensive line...
"It's very important. It gives me a lot of confidence that I can go through my reads and find the open guy. I'm not feeling rushed, I don't feel like I have to get the ball out quicker than I do. So we can just go through our progressions, let the plays develop, and get the ball to our playmakers. "
On being prepared for another big game against Notre Dame...
"It kind of takes the awe and the shock factor out of it for us. We're not going to be walking in there wide-eyes, because it's not going to be a completely new environment. We got that out of the way with week one. It's another huge opponent, another huge game, but we just have to approach it the same way we approached the last two weeks with a business-like and workman-like attitude."