Spartans' Maxwell on track in recovery

Michigan State is one of the favorites to win the Big Ten in 2012. But the Spartans likely will need a healthy Andrew Maxwell at quarterback to reach their goals.

Head coach Mark Dantonio told reporters Tuesday at the team's fantasy football camp that Maxwell is recovering well from a sprained right knee that forced him to miss the latter part of spring practice.

“He’s healthy,” Dantonio said. “He can throw 7-on-7 and do some different things. I don’t know if he can take a shot right now, and we never really want our quarterbacks to get hit, but he’s going to be hit out here.

“He can play. He’s doing all the running and all that type of thing.”

Maxwell's injury, which occurred during an April scrimmage, wasn't considered a major setback at the time. But Michigan State has been understandably cautious in dealing with the successor to Kirk Cousins under center.

Redshirt freshman Connor Cook took all the main practice reps while Maxwell was out this spring. Cook had some good moments, but no serious Big Ten contender wants to enter the season with a quarterback who has no game experience. Which is why Maxwell's recovery is such an important development.