Friday, August 31, 2012

Thoughts after 1 quarter, Michigan State, Boise State

- Getting picked off so early in this game will only be a big deal if either Spartans' QB Andrew Maxwell lets it from a confidence standpoint, or if MSU offensive coordinator Dan Roushar plays it close to the vest, and doesn't allow Maxwell to open up. It was obviously a play that was well-diagnosed by the Boise State defense. The Spartans pass protection hasn't been as good as their run blocking so far.
- MSU defensive end William Gholston is already imposing his will on this game. Boise State QB Joe Southwick has had No. 2 in his face almost every time he's dropped back to pass. You can tell the Brocnos have no answer for Gholston already, especially given the Spartans' depth along the defensive front.
- I have never figured Le'Veon Bell as a particularly fast nor athletic tailback. Always figured that's why he was was bypassed by Ohio State out of a high school near Columbus, and why he was just a two-star recruit by Rivals. But he sure was athletic hurdling that defensive back in the open field on the Spartans' opening touchdown drive. A 245-pound running back just isn't supposed to do that, but he did. Amazing.
- Maxwell moves much better outside the pocket than Kirk Cousins. That much is already apparent. What's not so clear is if he has the same type of pocket presence.


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