|Sparty totes the rock!|
For the White squad junior LB Denicos Allen led the team with 7 tackles and batted down 2 passes. Sophomore DE Marcus Rush had 5 tackles (3 for a loss), including 2.5 sacks. Also, sophomore DB Mylan Hicks had an interception for team White.
Backup QB Connor Cook played for both teams. He finished 20 for 45 passing for 294 yards, 1 TD. This was great experience for the red shirt freshman who commanded the offense well. Cook needs to improve his reads and accuracy down field. Not sure if it was the routing running or just tough defense, but there were not many completions from deep. The one exception was a highlight catch by WR Keith Mumphery who made a great grab going to the ground. The completion from Cook to Mumphery was for 38 yards.
Overall it was nice to get an early look at who is representing MSU this year. They look like a confident bunch with real speed on both sides of the ball. However, the passing game needs to be more in sync. Had starting QB Andrew Maxwell been available the passing game would have been significantly better. What ever the case, improving the passing game is a point of emphasis for the coaching staff so I'm confident they will have it together after summer camp.
The injury bug did strike on some key guys after the game. As Gholston (bruised knee), Larry Caper (minor concussion), and Denzel Drone (leg) nursed injuries.
The Spartans will gain more depth over the summer as the 2012 recruiting class officially joins the MSU football team.
Check out the 2012 Spartan recruiting class here.
Final stats for the Green and White game: www.msuspartans.com
On a side note...there was nice light moment in the 2nd quarter when Coach Mark Dantonio allowed Sparty (yes, that "Sparty!") to take a hand off out of the back field. Sparty ended up coughing the ball up which result in a Gholston recovery and TD, which obviously didn't count. It was cool to see Dantonio have some fun with his guys. The coach and his team are definitely comfortable and confident being Spartans.
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