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Former Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke wins first UFL start

The United Football League's Michigan Panthers began their search for a quarterback the week before their final game to maintain their two-game winning streak. The Panthers would select former Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke.

The Panthers quarterback did not disappoint as he helped lead the team to its third straight win in his first career start.

Lewerke shared his time at quarterback in the Panthers' 22-9 win over the DC Defenders on Mother's Day. In his first start with the team, he ran for a touchdown. The third straight win moved the Panthers to 5-2 on the season, and the victory helped the Panthers secure a spot in the USFL conference playoffs.

Lewerke was a three-year starter for the Spartans and ranks first in program history with 9,548 yards of total offense, 47 touchdowns and 10 scores. He went undrafted in 2020, signed with the Patriots and spent time with the Giants. Lewerke was acquired by the Panthers last year but did not appear in any games.

While at Michigan State, Lewerke was the starting quarterback for three seasons. Lewerke left MSU with the highest total offense total, nearly 9,600 yards, most of which came through the air. He finished his career as one of Michigan State University's top passing prospects, completing nearly 60% of his passes.

Lewerke threw 47 touchdowns and 32 interceptions in his Spartan career. He finished his career ranked second in school history in pass completions, fourth in passing yards and third among Spartans quarterbacks in rushing yards. He finished his college career with 10 rushing touchdowns.

Lewerke appeared in over 40 games for the Spartans, including 38 starts. He finished with a winning record and the third-most career starts and wins in Michigan State history.

According to Michigan State University Athletics, Lewerke was “one of only two quarterbacks and six total players in the Mark Dantonio era to be elected team captain twice and the only Spartan player to win two bowl MVPs (Holiday 2017, Pinstripe 2019 ). [and] one of three Spartan QBs to win two bowl games as a starter (2017 Holiday, 2019 Pinstripe).”

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