A week has passed and the general feelings surrounding this Michigan State team has changed for many fans. Like most of us presumed, the Spartans came out sharp against the Owl’s on Saturday and the defense earned its first shutout since 2008 when they blanked – who else – the FAU Owls. As coaches and players like to say ‘The biggest improvements come between week 1 and week 2.’
“That’s the type of progress you want,” Dantonio said. “It was a very clean game.”
Here are the things from week 1 that Coach D wanted cleaned up against FAU:
-Offensive Line play: There were plenty of concerns about the offensive line, beginning at Left Tackle. Dan France was solid on Saturday, despite committing a false start penalty.
His athleticism at that position solidifies him at that position ahead of Fou Fonoti…at least for now. This weekend’s game against Notre Dame will be the true test.
-Special Teams: Last week it was a struggle getting the ball from snapper to holder to foot on field goal opportunities. This week was a different story however. The snaps and holds were all good according to [..]
MSU O-Line vs. FAU D-Line
This is going to be the position battle of the day. There has been a lot of moving and shaking from last week to this week in East Lansing. Seemingly everything has changed on both sides of MSU’s line.
Last Week This Week
Jared McGaha – Started at LT 2nd String RT
Dan France – 2nd String LT Possible starter at LT
Fou Fonoti – 2nd String RT Possible starter at LT
The Spartans are suddenly without any true experience at Left Tackle - Kirk Cousins’ blind side. Dan France, as we all know, is in his first year on offense after spending his freshman year along the D-Line. Fonoti, a JC transfer, told me at practice this week that he played guard in High School and only played Right Tackle at Cerritos College in California. While the switch may sound simple, Fou says that switching his kick and post foot can be a challenge because it’s not something that comes naturally. He hopes that the reps he got in practice will make it much more natural by game time.
Across the line is an experienced group of Owl’s in the first [..]
Saturday’s game between MSU and FAU will mark the third meeting between these schools. Here’s how their only two meetings went down.
MSU – 17
FAU – 0
You all remember the rain storm right? Well it turned into the Javon Ringer hurricane. Javon ran for a career high 282 yards and scored both Spartan touchdowns.
MSU – 30
FAU – 17
In what was supposed to be FAU’s home game in their brand new stadium, MSU’s rushing attack again pounded the Owls…instead at Detroit’s Ford Field. Edwin Baker ran 15 times, gaining 183 yards – including an 80-yard score. It was also Kicker Dan Conroy’s breakout game, as he converted all three of his field goal attempts – including a 50 yarder.
***Here’s how last year’s game sounded: MSU vs FAU Highlights***
HOOOOOOO are the OWLS???
0-1 RECORD (41-3 loss at Florida)
Coach: Howard Schnellenberger (57-64 overall)
-25th year as a Collegiate coach, Including stints at Oklahoma (5-5-1), Louisville (54-56-2), and Miami (41-16)
-He was the Offensive Coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in 1972. Yep. That’s the year they went 17-0.