East Lansing – For the second year in a row, Michigan State’s spring sport was really an open exercise.
A brief attack forced line design and the team spent about 90 minutes Saturday afternoon in front of fans on a lively, windy day at Spartan Stadium.
The 15th and final spring training for Spartans and third-year coach Mel Tucker will include individual, level and team periods, and ultimately fighting.
Here are quick observations and excerpts:
* Only eight attacking linemen in the state of Michigan attended: Nick Samak, Spencer Brown, Kevin Vigenton, Dallas Fincher, Ethan Boyd, Brandon Baldwin and Evan Bruning Jacob Lafayette. Mixtures were mixed, but first-team Baldwin (left tackle), Vigenton (left guard), Samak (center), Pincher (right guard) and Brown (right tackle). While Boyd was on the right block, Brown was picked up at the left bar, Fincher at the center and Samak at the right guard.
Starter Jared Horst, starting left-hander Jedi Dublin and right-hander Matt Garrick with 18 career starts are not available. Horst missed the last five games last season, while Carrick was out for the final six due to a leg injury. Geno Vandermark, who did not play as a real newcomer last season, was also released on Saturday after being found wearing a right-handed rap during training on March 29.
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* The Spartans are missing key players. Receivers Terry Lockett Jr., Montori Foster and Aubrey Dawkins, tight ends run behind Malik Carr and Adam Bergorst, Donovan Eagle, Michael Fletcher on the defensive ends, Idevion Brown and Avery Dunn, Dashon McLaughlin on defense; Reiser was knocked out. Croach missed three of the last four games due to a knee injury last season, while Williams wore a cast on his right arm after training on Tuesday, while Foster booted on his right leg during training on March 29. Tight End Tyler Hunt and cornerback Charles Brandley were limited in their participation while wearing the red contact jersey.
* Coming from a strong season, Baton Rouge has confirmed the opening quarterly job, and it is not clear who is at the forefront of the backup job. Following the spring game, Tucker said the competition will move into the summer and fall.
On Saturday the photos were shared with Thorne, Redshirt sophomore Nova Kim, Redshirt freshman Hamp Faye and real new student Kate Hauser. Kim, who is entering his third year in the organization, could be at the forefront of taking charge of the backup, but it’s hard to say based on how the quarterbacks turned out on Saturday. Throwing the ball was a bit of a challenge to the conditions and had good passes and some off target.
* Replacing all-American running back Kenneth Walker III is almost impossible but there are options in the running game for the Spartans. It was hard to feel the backfield due to the offensive linemen available on Saturday against the defensive front with more experience. Wisconsin transfer John Berger had a few decent runs and may be in line to take charge as a starter. Elijah Collins, Jordan Simmons, Harold Joiner and Davian Prim also received touches.
* Starting recipients were not surprised – especially given Foster out – Jaiten Reid, Trey Mosley and Keon Coleman were on the first team. Reid and Mosley are back starters, while Coleman is vying for the spot created by the departure of Jalan Neylar for the NFL.
Kim’s almost 50th pass was caught by Reed’s diving line with one hand. Kate McDonald also pulled the diving catch from Faye.
With the car and Perkorst out, Powers Warren snapped with the first team. Drew Freshman Tight End Jack Nickel Middle Caught First First-Down Catch.
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* The first-team defensive line at Jacob Slate and Simeon Barrow tackles was just as expected and eventually Jeff Beatrowski and Florida transfer Chris Bogel. Slate and Barrow return to the group’s deep level group, while after the Spartans have lost both starting points, Petrovsky and Bogal take the lead.
* Linebacker combinations are blended and some highlights from the transfer additions include Aaron Proul (Mississippi State) and Jacoby Windmond (UNLV). Windmone had an excuse and returned a fumble forced by Darius Snow against Tight End Jackson Morse for Touchdown. Snow, who started at Nickelback and Safety last year before starting work at Linebacker this spring, lined up at Nickelback and Linebacker on Saturday. Linebacker Ben Wansumeran entered the portal in March, but continued to train with the team, playing a lot on Saturday and being sacked. The Spartans, operating a 4-2-5 defense, sometimes used three linebackers lined up at one edge.
* Marquee Lowry and Georgia transfer Amir Speed are the first two cornerbacks. Chester Kimberly, who started 11 games at cornerback last season, became the first nickelback on the field. Xavier Henderson and Angelo Cross are the first team defenders.
* The spring game ended with a defensive position. Tucker designed the situation to capture crime on its own 45-yard line with 42 seconds left and only one deadline. Thorne moved the Spartans across midfield, but the drive came to a halt. Thorn, who faced fourth and 15 with 15 seconds left, threw on Reid in the middle near the first-down marker, but Snow was involved to break the pass.
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