Five Answers: Florida Atlantic

Saturday afternoon found Michigan State enjoying the fruits of their labor as they shutdown Florida Atlantic 44-0. We asked five questions going into the game against the Owls; now we have the answers.

Michigan State is now 2-0 with the best performance you could expect from any college football team.

With the team now set to prepare for a struggling Notre Dame team, we go back and answer the five questions/points of interest we posted about prior to the Spartans battle with the Owls.

Question One

Who is best fitted to be the starter at left tackle?

Answer One

Dan France got his first career start at left tackle and played solid. While France's battle with Jared McGaha may be over, he still remains in a fight to retain his role against junior college transfer Fou Fonoti the rest of the way.

Question Two

Has the offensive line as a whole gelled more since the Youngstown State game?

Answer Two

Yes! However, there is still work needed along the line as it continues to build into a solid unit capable of playing at a high level in bigger games. The offensive line will be tested Saturday when the Spartans travel to Notre Dame.

Question Three

Can the Spartans play better on special teams?

Answer Three

Mike Sadler was only asked to punt once in the game and put it inside the 20 on a 36 –yard punt. Keshawn Martin only had one punt return but went for 35-yards. Nick Hill was solid in his one kickoff return going for 31-yards. So overall the return game looked solid. However, Dan Conroy missed his second field goal of the season from 28-yards out in the third quarter. Still some questions to be answered, however, looking like things are coming along fine.

Question Four

Will Michigan State as a whole play a more solid game against Florida Atlantic as compared to YSU?

Answer Four

Yes! Michigan State unloaded the bench against the Owls as many players got into the game. The defense posted a shutout and the offense was able to give quality minutes to future key offensive players like Andrew Maxwell and Nick Hill.

Question Five

Can the Spartans defense play a better overall game?

Answer Five

Yes! Giving up only one first down against any team in today's world of college football is a major event. Doing it while also getting quality minutes to back-ups help's MSU coaches make future depth-chart decisions.

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