2018 was supposed to be the year that Brian Lewerke took the next step and showed his potential to be an NFL Quarterback. An injury to his throwing shoulder proved to be quite the challenge. While Lewerke played in nine games it was evident that the shoulder may have been worse than he let on, which gave Rocky Lombardi some chances to flash his talent. Thankfully 2018 is in the review mirror and the Spartans can look forward to this season with a healthy Brian Lewerke and a more experienced Rocky Lombardi.
Brian Lewerke has all the tools to be an NFL Quarterback and with a healthy shoulder he should be able to prove it this year. With an explosive receiving unit returning and a run game that is always solid, its very reasonable to expect Lewerke to exceed his 2017 season. Two seasons he completed 59% of his passes and threw for over 2,700 yards. The offensive line should also be improved this year, which will give him more time to work and a better chance at staying healthy.
Rocky Lombardi saw action in eight games last year as a Redshirt Freshman. In his extended role he showed off his dual threat capabilities and sparked a sometimes stagnant offense. Even though Lombardi only completed 44% of his passes he did a great job of protecting the ball and making plays outside of the pocket. If everything goes right this season, we shouldn’t see much of Lombardi, but if we do, he flashed enough of his talents last year that Spartans fans should have some confidence in him.
The third string Quarterback for the Spartans this season should be Redshirt Freshman Theo Day. Day is a highly ranked recruit (#7 Pocket Passer) that fits the Michigan State style of play. He’s got the size, 6′ 5″, that you look for in a pocket passer and was very productive in High School. If you’re a Spartan fan it would be nice to see Day for a series or two in a game that is under control just to see what he’s got.
Spartan fans have good reason to be excited with Brian Lewerke back healthy this season and if Michigan State makes some noise, there is a good chance Lewerke could be in conversations for Big Ten Player of the Year. As he showed in 2017, he is very capable of being the leader of this team and will be key on the Spartans having a good bounce back season.