Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Football

FOOTBALL

Gerald Holmes comes through in the clutch when called upon

In No. 2-ranked MSU's first game of the season sophomore running back Gerald Holmes was the second back on the depth chart. In the Spartans 37-24 win over Western Michigan in week one, Holmes carried the ball nine times for 54 yards and a touchdown. Holmes had just three carries over the next two weeks and he watched as true freshman LJ Scott went from the third back on the depth chart to co-starters with redshirt freshman Madre London.

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Hobbled Spartans claw their way to 4-0

 The Spartans’ 30-10 win over Central Michigan on Saturday was unsettling even though the team finished strong. The Chippewas exposed holes in the MSU secondary, passing for 285 yards, and held the ball for 31:45 compared to the Spartans’ 28:15.

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No. 2 Michigan State grinds out 30-10 victory against CMU

The Spartans’ 30-10 victory over Central Michigan left much to be desired and raised health questions, but there were good take-aways as well. The good The Spartans’ special teams unit allowed 209 kickoff return yards and a touchdown against Western Michigan and 98 punt return yards with a touchdown against Oregon.

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No. 2 MSU football team pushes through early season injuries

When No. 2-ranked MSU takes on Central Michigan on Saturday the Spartans will be a different team from the one they planned on entering the season with. Senior linebacker Ed Davis was lost for the year before the season even started with a knee injury. Recently redshirt freshman cornerback Vayante Copeland was lost for the year with a neck injury.

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Five things to know before MSU football takes on CMU

Before the No. 2-ranked Spartans (3-0 overall) take on CMU (1-2 overall) on Saturday here are a few things you should know: Familiar Faces CMU defensive backs coach Archie Collins played safety at MSU, lettering in 1996-97 and then assisted with the coaching of the defensive backs and special teams from 2010-12. The Chippewas defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Greg Colby was Colby a graduate assistant at MSU from 1987-88  and then he returned a defensive assistant from 1995-97

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Aaron Burbridge named Big Ten offensive player of the week

Senior wide receiver Aaron Burbridge has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after career highs in receptions (8), yards (156) and touchdowns (3) against Air Force. Burbridge’s performance tied the MSU record for receiving touchdowns in a game and solidified his role as the Spartans’ top target. Burbridge, just three games into the season, has already broke his career high for total receiving yards and has amassed over 100 yards in each of the Spartans’ 2015 games. “You got to go out there with the confidence to know what you are doing,” Burbridge said after the game on Saturday.

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Air Force football players deal with hectic schedule

The MSU football team will not be playing typical student-athletes when they line up against the Air Force Falcons on Saturday. The Spartans will face a team of servicemen; cadet-athletes who immerse themselves into the military culture first and study their craft first and play football second.