MSU QB/WR’s vs. ND DB’s
On both sides of the ball, this is the big position matchup for two high powered offenses. And frankly, it’s going to be hard for either team’s defensive backs to slow down the oppositions passing game. Last week Keshawn Martin broke onto the scene for the 2011 campaign with 7 catches and 73 yards, eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark for his career. Meanwhile, B.J. Cunningham continues to be as steady as ever. Early on in the season both Martin and Cunningham have done very well after the catch. Martin’s “wiggles” – as Cunningham calls them – were on full display last week. B.J.’s body positioning on receptions and the way he can shield off corner’s with his 215-pound frame while making the catch are second to none – not to mention his ability to repeatedly shed would be tacklers.
Kirk Cousins has been flawless in his execution thus far. Last week I can only remember one pass that was truly off target. His confidence is high as well, evidenced by the great play action pass last week, when he surprised just about everyone in Spartan Stadium with a fake hand off [..]
If you’re a Michigan State fan, what is there not to love heading into this game? Notre Dame - 0-2 on the season - after two horrific losses to South Florida and Michigan is on the brink of disaster. And in my opinion, there’s no better time to head down to South Bend than now and push them past the brink.
Sure, there will be debates all week long whether or not the Notre Dame loss to Michigan was good or bad for MSU this week. But who cares about that. This is about Michigan State versus Notre Dame. It’s NOT about Michigan State versus What Notre Dame Did Last Week.
If anything, the Irish players – whether spoken or not – probably lack some confidence. After Coach Brian Kelly so quickly dismissed QB Dayne Crist for Tommy Rees, the Irish players may be looking over their shoulders wondering who will come in a replace them. Not exactly a confidence builder when you play for a guy with a quick trigger.
After allowing Denard Robinson to throw for 338 yards, the defensive backfield of the Irish is vulnerable, despite three interceptions. Gary Gray, a South Bend senior got picked on [..]
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 [..]