EAST LANSING– In doing a recap, most people will just summarize the game. But that’s not what spring football is about. Spring football is about finding players who are improving and playing well, and that’s why this post is not summarizing the game.
Let’s look at the five stars of the game.
Connor Cook- Cook, the starting quarterback of the winning white team, finished the day 11-21 with 159 yards and two touchdowns. He got the offense to a quick start (something uncharacteristic offensively at MSU in recent years) and led the white team to victory. He showed a lot of maturity and composure, something it took him a few games to develop last year. He’s looking like a true, clear-cut team leader.
Ezra Robinson- Robinson was also on the white team, and the MSU’ cornerback had six tackles and one interception. He was all over the place, reading Connor Cook’s throws, trying to beat out Darian Hicks for the second cornerback spot behind Trae Waynes.
Nick Hill- The white team’s starting running back and fifth-year senior had a great day, rushing 10 times for 69 yards. This was his last spring game, and this is his last chance to garner major playing time in a season. I have a sneaking suspicion he might earn it. Right now, he’s the leading candidate to back up Jeremy Langford, since Delton Williams suffered a knee injury. “Last year’s seniors left a legacy we need to repeat.” said Hill.
Josiah Price- It looks like MSU has found their tight end. After hearing about how much Jamal Lyles moved up the tight end depth during spring practices, some arose. They were all but gone after today’s performance from Price; he had five receptions for 81 yards and scored a touchdown for the white team.
Tony Lippett- The lone green team player in the top five was very well deserving of it. Lippett, the likely number one wideout this season, seven receptions for 96 yards, and that was in limited playing time. He didn’t play as much because the green team was playing a lot of new wide receivers and running weird formations. He would have had well over 100 yards if he were continually involved all game.
Darian Hicks- The green team cornerback that’s fighting for the number two job with Ezra Robinson also had a solid game, getting six tackles and an interception himself, even though the interception was on a Hail Mary play with time expiring.
Shilique Calhoun- The monster defensive end from the green team had three tackles and two sacks in this year’s spring game. “I can’t control my strength sometimes,” said Calhoun, in a half-joking half-cocky voice.
Jon Reschke- The redshirt freshman middle linebacker will be playing behind Taiwan Jones this fall, but I kept an eye on him today. He played a lot with the first team in spring with Taiwan Jones out, and he played well on Saturday. He only had one tackle, but he was huge in stopping Jeremy Langford’s run game and was really exciting to watch.