Lippett Feels It's His Time

Following last spring Spartan fans were excited about talk of Tony Lippett making big strides on the field. After earning All-Freshman Big Ten Honors from the BTN.com, Lippet enters this spring feeling as it's really his time to showcase his talents.

Last season was one of growth for Detroit (MI) Crockett product Tony Lippett as he shared time between the Spartans defense and offense.

Now, a fulltime receiver for the Spartans, Lippett feels it's his turn.

"It does fell like it's my turn," said Lippett. "I feel like I have to step up to the plate so I just try everyday to get better in practice."

Lippett is one of several Spartan wide receivers who will look to keep Michigan State at the top of the Big Ten standings.

"We're just going to take it in because we know we're a young group," said Lippett. "We're just going to try and get better not just to prove people wrong, but to be great on our end."

One of the biggest changes for Lippett and the receiving core is a change at quarterback. Despite the change, Lippett feels the fact many of them spent time on the Spartans second unit will help.

"Andrew Maxwell is not that much different from Kirk Cousins," said Lippett. "They are similar and I was catching balls from Kirk and Maxwell during practice last year.

"I feel at home because I was with the twos last year and he (Maxwell) was a two so I'm comfortable with Maxwell and I think the rest of the team is comfortable with Maxwell. He's a great quarterback.

"I don't really know if there is a difference. Probably Andrew throws the ball with a little more zip. But that doesn't bother anybody."

The spring of 2011 may well be the full coming out party for Lippett as he continues to work on his offensive game with no distractions from also knowing what to do on defense. If so Spartan fans should finally see why the coaching staff feels Lippett may well be one of the best receivers in the Big Ten for 2012.


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