What Michigan State Spartans Aidan Chiles is most looking forward to this season

Michigan State quarterback Aidan Chiles will be the starter for the Spartans in the fall. Following Chiles’ long-awaited arrival in East Lansing in December, he is one of the most touted additions to a Spartan team in recent memory. The expectations surrounding Chiles are almost unfair.

Chiles is consistently cited as one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten Conference despite not playing a snap for the Green and White. His name is said in the same breath as “Heisman Trophy,” despite limited action as a true freshman last season. The legendary award is about the only thing that has eluded the Spartans, so throwing around such lofty labels is no small feat.

What Chiles is most looking forward to, however, is proving the doubters wrong.

“I’m almost looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong,” Chiles told George Wrighster on “The Unafraid Show.” “I see a lot of things. I try not to be on social media that much, but when I do go on social media, I see five wins, four wins, okay. So I’m really looking forward to that. I think we have a better team than what people give us credit for, so I think we’ll just show a lot of people this year.”

When it comes to success in 2024, Chiles said his success is based on the team’s success.

“We win games, but at the end of the day, even if we don’t win these games, it has to look like we fought,” Chiles said. That’s actually exactly what I’m here for. I’m not here to give up on anyone… that’s just not what I’m here for.”

What Chiles is “here for” is quite simple.

“I’m here to help the team win,” Chiles said. “I mean, I want to be a household name, just like everyone else wants to be a household name. But I’m here to help the team win as best I can, even if it happens because I’m not playing.” It is what it is, but I’m here to win, so that’s exactly what it is.”

This spring was Chiles’ second spring football program, and this time it was very different for Chiles. Last year he was a true freshman backup to DJ Uiagalelei, who could “just do” what he wanted to do and just “play football.” Now he holds the keys to the offense, and the stakes are much higher.

“I’m taking reps with the (starters) and I need to be able to lead my team,” Chiles said. “That’s just the way it is.”

Michael France is Sports Illustrated’s recruiting beat writer at Michigan State and covers all things Big Ten recruiting for Spartan Nation. Be sure to follow him on Twitter/X@michaelfrancesi for exclusive Spartans recruiting coverage.

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