Michigan State quarterback Tyler O’Connor will likely start against Furman in the opener.

Barely minutes after Alabama pitched the last shovel of dirt upon Michigan State’s grave in the College Football Playoff national semifinal, Tyler O’Connor took it upon himself to transition the program from a disappointing end to the 2015 season to a promising future in 2016.

“As the quarterback,” O’Connor said, “I thought that it fell upon me to make sure that everyone understood what’s required to take the next step forward. But everyone already knew that. It just shows the level of commitment that everyone has .”

O’Connor is probably the starting quarterback in the season opener against Furman on the Friday of Labor Day weekend.

O’Connor could’ve bolted from Michigan State after he lost the starting quarterback competition among himself, Connor Cook and Andrew Maxwell three years ago.

O’Connor wasn’t sure of the exact number, but was nonetheless confident that the bulk of the quarterbacks who participated – and were likely already committed to college programs – transferred to other schools.

O’Connor said he desired becoming part of the answer.

The easy path was leaving and blaming Michigan State for a career O’Connor hadn’t envisioned before he arrived on campus.