January 20, 2009

Video Exclusive: Andrew Maxwell senior highlights

A rare four-year starter for one of the most storied football programs in the state of Michigan, Andrew Maxwell piled up more than 5,000 passing yards in his varsity career and led the Chemics into the playoffs each of seasons under center.

As a senior, Maxwell passed for 2,032 yards and 23 touchdowns. The future Spartan was 151 of 254 through the air as a senior while playing in a ball control pro-style offense.

While Maxwell didn't throw the ball around as much as some quarterbacks in the Great Lakes State, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior demonstrated his versatility as a passer by making virtually every type of throw when called upon to do so.

Maxwell is a national Top 250 player in the Class of 2009 according to Rivals.com. He is ranked the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the senior class. SpartanMag.com ranks Maxwell the No. 4 player in the Great Lakes State for 2009. Rivals.com ranks Maxwell No. 6 in 2009.

Maxwell's ability to throw deep passes with precision is one of the qualities that caught the eye of Michigan State coaches when the Midland star camped in East Lansing prior to his junior season. But a strong arm is just one of the qualities possessed by the Elite 11 quarterback, who led his team to the Division 2 state title game as a junior and to a district championship last fall.

Throughout the course of his varsity career, Maxwell has developed a knack for making quick reads and getting the ball to the right receiver with touch. Maxwell has the confidence to put the ball on the money and beat double coverages when necessary. At the same time, Maxwell is a disciplined quarterback who is more than willing to throw the ball to one of his check-downs when it is the more prudent play.

Maxwell executes the play fake better than a lot of quarterback prospects. He is also good at looking off defensive backs. A good athlete, Maxwell was a state qualifier in the high jump as a junior. And while he is not a dual-threat quarterback, the future Spartan can pick up first downs with his feet if necessary. He even had a touchdown as a receiver on a trick play in 2008.

Maxwell comfortable directing the offense under center or in shotgun sets with an empty backfield.

Maxwell will be the fourth Elite 11 quarterback to join the Michigan State football program since creation of the prestigious invitation-only camp in 1999.

Maxwell is just the third Elite 11 selection from the state of Michigan. Current Spartan Keith Nichol, and former Spartan Drew Stanton were Elite 11 selections from Michigan that preceded Maxwell.Jeff Smoker was the first Elite 11 quarterback to play at Michigan State.

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