WHAT TO LIKE
Defense, Defense and more Defense is what the 2012 Spartans football team will be built around and the Spartans have plenty to work with. While all eyes were on William Gholston, it was Kurtis Drummond who led the Green team with six tackles. Denicos Allen picked up where he left off with a game high seven stops for the winning White squad.
Cook showed great growth after a slow start and played a key role in the White offense success going 11-of-19 for 134 yards and one touchdown. We'll have more on Cook when we breakdown his performance overall coming.
Nick Hill showed he's ready to battle for snaps in the fall with an average of 95 yards on the day and taking snaps for both teams. With Larry Caper taking one snap and Le'Veon Bell also being sat down, Hill looks ready to push for back-up status as a dependable back with big-play potential.
Dion Sims showed his toughness pulling down four balls for 73 yards with a hand wrapped up due to injury. Sims has a chance to be a major factor next season and showed he might just be ready to breakout.
WHAT SHOULD CONCERN YOU
Despite a strong showing by Cook there have to be concerns if Andrew Maxwell would go down during the season. Maxwell has been groomed to take over for the departed Kirk Cousins while Cook is still in his growing stage.
While he's been solid during his career the two misses by Dan Conroy going into the north end zone (wind at his back) will leave some questioning what happened. While concerned you also have to take into account if it was a snap or holder issue that played a role in both misses.
Who is going to step up at wide receiver when the season opens is going to go a long way in the success the Spartans can expect on offense. Andre Sims showed very well and freshman Kyle Kerrick was able to get his feet wet. However, by the time the Spartans open the season three players must have shown the ability to be go-to players when needed. Tony Lippett and Bennie Fowler were missed and could be the answer to this pressing need when the season opens.
With 21,000 fans in Spartan Stadium on a damp cool spring day, Michigan State was able to whet the appetites of diehard fans. With the team broken down into two teams it makes it hard to get a real feel for the offense and defense fans will see come August. However, enough players showed they have the skill sets to battle for major playing time when camp opens.
This week we'll be breaking down the Spartans by position to give fans a more in-depth look at how the Spartans stack up.