MSU Football Burning Question: Who will start at QB for Spartans in 2021?

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MSU Football Burning Question: Who will start at QB for Spartans in 2021?

Who will be the Michigan State starting quarterback this season? That’s a question many are still debating and trying to answer, including us at Spartans Wire.

With the Michigan State 2021 season set to kick off next week, the Spartans Wire staff is offering up their thoughts and insight on numerous hot topics and burning questions surrounding the team. That includes a look into the highly competitive quarterback battle between Payton Thorne and Anthony Russo.

Here’s how the Spartans Wire staff thinks this quarterback battle will play out this fall:

Andrew Brewster

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Anthony Russo

Russo has more experience and I think they will give him the first opportunity but if he struggles and throws a lot of interceptions, something we saw from him at Temple, I wouldn't be surprised at all if we see Thorne get a chance to run the offense.

Cory Linsner

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Nick King/Lansing State Journal

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Anthony Russo

Michigan State will start the year with Anthony Russo as the QB. He is coming into camp with more experience and is a veteran presence this team will need early in the season. I do believe Payton Thorne will take over at some point this season though.

Robert Bondy

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Nick King/Lansing State Journal

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Anthony Russo

Anthony Russo has the most game experience and at this point should have a better grasp on the offense so my guess is it’ll be the Temple-transfer that’ll start for Michigan State in the season-opener against Northwestern. Will he remain the starter all season long…that I’m not sure about. Anthony Russo is a more polished option for the Spartans and provides Michigan State with the best chance to win right away. That’s what is most important for Michigan State in continuing to build the program back up. Thorne should get a chance to play at some point as well so I anticipate this position battle continuing at least into the start of the season.

Other Preseason Burning Questions

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Nick King/Lansing State Journal

Here are the other burning questions the Spartans Wire staff will be addressing prior to the season kicking off next week: -Who will be the Spartans’ top offensive threat this season? -Who will be the Spartans’ top defensive playmaker this season? -Who’s an under-the-radar player that'll have a breakout season? -What's considered a successful season in year two of Mel Tucker era? -Who is Michigan State most likely to upset: Miami (FL), Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State or Penn State? -How many games does Michigan State win this season?

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