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.
Who is best fitted to be the starter at left tackle?
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.
Has the offensive line as a whole gelled more since the Youngstown State game?
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.
Can the Spartans play better on special teams?
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.
Will Michigan State as a whole play a more solid game against Florida Atlantic as compared to YSU?
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.
Can the Spartans defense play a better overall game?
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.