Friday, August 30, 2013

Thoughts after 1 quarter, MSU, Western Michigan

MSU free safety Kurtis Drummond has played like an All-American in the first quarter of this game. That was a Charles Woodson-like interception. He's made three big plays.
- The Spartans' defense has been extremely aggressive. They mostly have had nine defenders in the box, daring Western Michigan QB Tyler Van Tubbergen to throw deep, which is going to be difficult with MSU's pass rush and lack of separation from the Broncos' receivers.
- The Spartans came out in a rhythm passing game, which was wise to give QB Andrew Maxwell confidence, but they are going to most deploy a power running game the rest of the way. It is simply the Spartans way under Mark Dantonio.
- It was a disappointing play by Aaron Burbridge. Not only did he get an ill-advised unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but he received the ball on time and in space on a drag pattern and did little after the catch. Still. he is the Spartans' most gifted receiver
- Riley Bullough is a hard runner with good body lean, who hits the hole quickly.


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