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Rocky - I heard a lot about Tompkins' speed during his recruitment. Does that include lateral quickness and/or shiftiness? Or is he a pure break-away speed kind of guy?
His first throw was great down the middle of the field
Of course it was dropped
Yes, I did see Fennel on TV a few times out there. Did not hear his name called during the broadcast.
That was Maxwell's best throw all game. He's very good at the short and intermediate throws. His deep ball is terrible.
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Folks, looks to be a running back by committee until someone breaks out from the pack. I didn't see anything out there yesterday except Riley will be inserted to get the tough yards when they try to grind it out.
Not giving up the catch that led to that would have been much more impressive. Credit him for not giving up on the play, but the safeties screwed up to allow Fowler to make that catch.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
A) MD will put the best guy on the field. If Cook can minimize bad decisions/mistakes, improve his accuracy and engineer points he's got a chance, otherwise they default to Maxwell. O'Connor isn't there yet, and unless Terry comes in and just knocks it outta the park, there aren't any other options.
B) Is Troup the only player who scored in both scrimmages and the Spring Game? That would be some consistency the O hasn't seen from a WR for awhile. Throw it to that guy.
C) Thompkins averaged just under 11 ypc. Yes one long run, but his other three were for 4.3 a carry, behind patchwork OL. He's probably not an every-down back, but he's a HR threat and will be a great complement to a powerback, IF the staff uses him.
D) Seems like TE makes something good happen whenever he sees the field. Hope he gets plenty of chances.
E) Hope Robinson is ok.
1) Don't know how you can say anything about the OC's: no team is going to show off a ton of new plays/formations in the spring game. Last OC that did that was Roushar with the unbalanced OL. When he tried it out vs. ND, the Irish had already prepared for it and nuked the run game (29 yards rushing). I'm in wait-and-see mode. I did think there was more pre-snap motion from the RBs and WRs than in recent years.
2) See #1
3) Totally agree, though Burbridge and Arnett looked pretty sure-handed. Mumphery had 1 drop early and then was fine. Seems like quite the drop-off in terms of drops from those 3 to Fowler/Lippett though
4) Not so sure on the RB talent; have to see what those guys can do with 15+ carries in a contest.
6) Off of France, I was impressed with Conway at RG.
8) I thought the S/CBs were better than ok for most of the day. Burbridge was able to get separation from time to time, but Ezra Robinson went down so he was working against 3rd string CBs for the last 2.5 Qs
LT got some decent penetration; had an athletic swat of a pass too. They were good enough to keep the LBs clean (much like last year). Though they weren't making plays in the backfield on every drive, they certainly were not getting pushed around and I didn't see much difference between the top 5 guys or so (i.e., they were all 'solid', not Worthy, but not bad either). This summer is going to be big for their development.
On the other hand . . . . MSU's OGs/Cs were mostly able to handle interior blitzing as well, so the inside guys on the OL could turn out better than we thought. This is the difficult part of the spring game; 2 unknown units going against each other doesn't really tell you much.
I think it was #34 T. Jones that made the hit that caused the fumble that Ellsworth ran back for the td...did anyone ses for certain?
Taiwan Jones and Joel Heath, although Heath got credit.
1) Only issue with Cook are the mistakes . . . but you're right, those should come out with experience. He was also bailed out a couple of times by the WRs and still didn't complete 50% of his passes. A lot of strides need to be made on the offseason. The one plus is that Cook did look better than when we last saw him . . . don't know if you can say the same thing about Maxwell.
2) Based on yesterday, I'd take Troup over Fowler and Lippett. AB, Mumphery and Arnett are the top 3. Arnett actually made K-mart like moves, and that's something that was def. missing from the O last year.
3) Yea, Hill and Langford should be at the bottom of the RB list. Not a good spot for MSU to be in.
4-5) MSU's back 7 depth is crazy. Realize that the team was split in half and 3 of the 7 starters (Allen, Dennard and Lewis) were out and they STILL looked good. As I said earlier, MD gets the benefit of the doubt on any LB/DB recruit.
6) I think this year LT shows some flashes of being a player but he's still new to the position. I will say this: barring injury, he will not be a 5-star bust. Productive last year at FB and already moved into the playing rotation at DT. He's going to push Hoover or Reynolds for a starting spot based on what I saw yesterday, and you have to figure he's got a ways to go on the learning curve.
Good points Rocky. I just think its time to give Cook some more real game experience. Not saying he looked great, but to these eyes he looked simply better (minus the yakkity sax moment) than Maxwell.
Of course if the drops continue, Dan Marino would look bad.
Mills was mentioned earlier, anyone know what he needs to do to be with the team in the fall. Could make a huge difference.
Hope the let Kings get his red-shirt back and stick with Arnett, I think they kinda fill the same role.
Can Arnett return punts? Has he?
I thought Mills had academic issues.
Totally agree with Kings/Arnett.
SIms Jr. is the PR; he was held out this spring.
I wonder who the KO guy will be with Hill getting some looks at RB? Langford? Fowler? I'd like to see a speed guy like Kings or Tompkins back there personally, provided they don't fumble.
I think for the most part we agree.
1). I am just not convinced of Warner yet. I'll give him a couple game in the fall and a chance for Bollman to Tweak before final judgment. However I also thought they were much sharper in spring with Treadwell in the past---and the red zone options haven't changed whether be spring or fall. (Check back to 2007 iowa game)
2) Agree we'll wait and see.
3-7) we basically agree.
8) I will give you they were better than okay. I guess what i was thinking was there were no concerns.
I think the run game will be productive, and we will have more long runs this season than last. I also think we may go 4 wide more often, as our 4th WR is more effective in the field than our #1 TE at times.
As for Mills, I understand he has some work to do to get back on team, am hoping he gets it done.
Can you explain Arnett being picked 8th in the draft?
Maxwell said that the guys he picked before him had some more consistency (read: drops). It was also reported that Arnett had some ankle issues which may have slowed him down in some of the later practices.
I think one interesting thing is that Cook has looked better each time we've seen him, I'm not saying he's ready to be the starter or should start over Maxwell, but you can definitely see that if he gets the chance to play he will learn and improve alot. If Maxwell is the starter, and he likely will be, I would like to see Cook get playing time. Not a 2 qb system, but maybe a series or two per game (also depending on game situation).
Only that he probably wasn't very consistent in practice/there was some concern about his ankle. If he was performing in practice like he did on the field yesterday, I have a hard time believing anyone would have taken the walk-ons over him.
I wonder what this means for his playing time this year.
No clue, but I doubt he hurt his chances . Wish they had kept a RS on Arnett and Kings Jr.
Right now I'd roll with Burbridge, Mumphrey and Arnett. Lippett was bad yesterday. We only see 1 practice of 15+ so it's probably prudent not to jump to conclusions . . .. but I get the feeling one of the top 4 WRs from last year does not garner that distinction this year.
Pity about Lippett. Wish he could make an impact. He has a big frame, he has speed, he has the ability to be a good wildcat/reverse guy too (see his play vs. Michigan). But he's a really bad blocker. Really bad.
Needs to step up across the board. Burbridge and Mumphery have all but locked up 2 spots. It's between Fowler, Arnett, and Lippett for that #3 spot.
Actually I have to retract my original post. He threw a thirty yarder over the middle in the 4th qrt. That was his best pass all day.
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