Michigan State Spartans freshman quarterback Brian Lewerke is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a broken fibula during Saturday’s game against Michigan. Lewerke would go 6-for-10 with 100 passing yards and a touchdown on Saturday, as three different quarterbacks would be under center for Michigan State in the eventual 32-23 loss.
In his redshirt freshman season, Lewerke played in four games and went 31-for-57 through the air, passing for 381 yards and two touchdowns. He was listed as the co-starter for Saturday’s rivalry game against the Wolverines, but was knocked out, as was quarterback Damion Terry, leaving the duties to senior Tyler O’Connor. Going forward, the 2-6 Spartans will have to choose between the junior Terry and the senior O’Connor to play quarterback, or go with a rotation of the two.
Lewerke is a former three-star recruit out of Pinnacle HS in Phoenix, Arizona, from the 2015 recruiting class. He was ranked as the fourth-best player in the state (with current Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk the No. 1 ranked player), but would shirk in-state offers from Arizona and Arizona State to attend Michigan State, the exact opposite climate that he would have faced had he stayed in the southwest. He also drew interest from powerhouse schools such as Michigan, Alabama, Louisville, and Florida, before choosing Mark Dantonio and the Spartans.
It appears that Lewerke will not undergo surgery for the broken fibula and is expected to be ready for the start of spring practice come 2017. With O’Connor having graduated, he’ll be competing with Terry for first-team reps.