It seems trivial to pick the scores of this weeks games due to the horrific terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa.
Even though head football coach Bobby Williams keeps his practices under wraps, everyone knows MSU must be focusing on special teams this week after Central Michigan blocked four punts in Saturdays season opener.Special teams and linebackers coach Sal Sunseri took the blame for Saturdays punt problems and said he shouldve lined up more athletic players in front of the punt team in practice.
Even though he didnt play in Saturdays home opener - a 35-21 victory over Central Michigan - about 100 protesters outside Spartan Stadium still felt Eric Knotts presence. Knott said Monday that he was aware of the protests, but didnt pay much attention to them.
MSUs gridiron matchup with Central Michigan was laced with controversy Saturday as about 100 people protested the university granting admittance and scholarships to Eric Knott and Damon Dowdell. Knott, a freshman tight end, was convicted of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in June from charges extending from a 1999 incident involving a 13-year-old Detroit girl. Dowdell, a redshirt freshman quarterback, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in the same incident.
As special teams hampered the MSU football team during Saturdays season opener against Central Michigan, it was the one weak spot that carried over from last season - despite an entire summer of troubleshooting.Central linebacker James King was the catalyst of the Spartans special teams debacle when he blocked senior punter Craig Jarrett in the first quarter.But when he blocked three more punts in the second half, he took his performance to another level by tying the NCAA Division I-A individual and team record for most punts blocked in a game.MSU head coach Bobby Williams said the problems with the punt team need to be rectified immediately.The blocks all came off of the edge.
MSU freshman tight end Eric Knott and redshirted freshman quarterback Damon Dowdell will not be welcomed by all to Spartan Stadium on Saturday.A group of MSU activists are organizing a protest against the two athletes.
College football know-it-alls say MSU, Nebraska will win, split on rest Two weeks of college football have passed without MSU playing, but now fans can dust off their Spartan helmet grills and break out the rest of their tailgating gear.
The football players are gearing up to take on Central Michigan on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. But theyre not the only ones preparing for the game.As usual, tailgaters are getting fired up, and this year, members of the recently formed Tailgating Project are ready for them.The project, which was formed in May by university administrators, will be evaluating the activities that go on during tailgating.This project gives us a snapshot of what is really happening at tailgates, said Pat Enos, assistant to the vice president for student affairs and a member of the committee.The committee wants to make sure tailgating continues to be enjoyable, she said.Tailgating is an important part of MSU, Enos said.
With Saturdays matchup between MSU and Central Michigan around the corner, the media, fans, players and coaches have been packing on the hype. But with every team comes first game jitters and questions marks.
But Williams said senior quarterback Ryan Van Dyke took the news well, and both signal callers have made smooth transitions into their new roles.
The MSU football team has lost what seems like a player-a-day to injury or ineligibility, but at least its linebacker picture was cleared-up as the team concluded its second preseason scrimmage Tuesday.