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Boisture's exit could hurt MSU down line

Reserve quarterback Joe Boisture is leaving Michigan State's program.

The impact? We might not know until 2012.

The Spartans are in good shape at quarterback this fall. Two-year starter Kirk Cousins returns along with backup Andrew Maxwell, a player the coaches really like. Wide receiver Keith Nichol, a former quarterback, also remains on the roster.

Boisture's departure could become a bigger factor once both Cousins and Nichol graduate. Maxwell is expected to move into the starting role, but Boisture, who generated a ton of hype in recruiting despite some struggles late in his high school career, would have had a chance to compete for playing time in 2012.

"It is in my best interest that I have decided to leave the Michigan State football program," Boisture said in a statement released to Rivals.com. "I love the university, my teammates, the medical staff and most of all Coach Dantonio. Coach D truly cares about me and all of his players off the field as well as on the field. I have the utmost respect for him as a coach and person and wish him and the Spartans nothing but success."

Boisture originally committed to Boston College before switching to Michigan State, where he enrolled early and redshirted in 2010.

His exit leaves the Spartans with two quarterback options for 2012: Maxwell and heralded incoming freshman Connor Cook. Cook is the lone quarterback committed for the 2011 class, but expect Michigan State to sign at least one signal-caller in 2012.