Michigan State junior Micajah Reynolds has bounced around both sides of the line since arriving on campus two years ago. The Lansing Sexton grad felt he would have had a great shot at a starting job on the offensive line going into the spring, but injuries on the defensive line meant yet another switch to defense.
Ryenolds began his career at guard in 2009 before switching to defensive line in spring practice last season. He moved to the offensive line last fall and played in four games while backing up Chris McDonald at right guard.
“It’s one of those things where you have to be mature about it and say, ‘I’m gonna do what’s better for the team’ and not be selfish about it and say ‘Oh, I just want to play offense.’ So you take your time and say ‘man, this kind of messes up my plans’ and everything, but then you say ‘OK, now it’s time to go to work and get better at this.”
Reynolds lost someone close in his life Tuesday, as legendary Lansing Sexton assistant football and track coach Lyle McFadden died at age 73. McFadden, who served at Sexton for more than 50 years, became a grandfather figure in Reynolds life during a relationship which began when Reynolds was a freshman in high school. Reynolds said he feels he owes much of his success to the long-time assistant.
Spartan Tailgate caught up with Reynolds for his thoughts on how he hopes to make an impact next season, and how coach McFadden impacted his life.