Last Look Back Offense: Central Michigan

We take one last look at Saturday's game against Central Michigan looking at each position on the offensive side of the ball.

Each week we'll take a look back at each side of the football from the previous game before moving on to the next one. The Spartans 41-7 victory allowed for many players to take the field earning valuable experience.


Michigan State passed for 322 yards as Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook combined to go 25-of-37 with two touchdowns and one interception (Cook) on the day. While it was important to get Cook reps in a game like this one, you don't want to see an interception that leads to the only score on the day. However, overall Cook was 5-of-6 for 47 yards in live game action and that is promising.

Maxwell started slow but picked things up passing for the two scores and 275 yards with no interceptions. He also showed the ability to run the two-minute drill and put points on the board.

Spartan Digest Grade A


Ok, Le'Veon Bell is human and only rushed for 70 yards on the day and two touchdowns. However, he only had to carry the ball 18 times and should be ready for next Saturday when he'll surely be needed against Notre Dame.

On the bright side, Larry Caper got nine touches and picked up 66 yards for a 7.3 yard per carry average. This might have been the best Caper has looked running the ball in some time and shows promise going forward.

Nick Hill and Jeremy Landford combined for 13 carries for 35 yards with Hill scoring a touchdown.

On the day the Spartans rushed for 173 yards, three touchdowns and an average of 4.2 yards per carry.

Spartan Digest Grade A


Dion Sims was only called upon a few times in this game but pulled down three balls for 48 yards and one touchdown.

What has to have Spartan fans excited was the use of Aaron Burbridge (2 catches - 14 yards.), MacGarrett Kings (2 catches - 18 yards) and DeAnthony Arnett getting a catch and taking it for a 48 yard gain. Add in the eight catch, 99 yards, one touchdown performance by Bennie Fowler and you have a group that enjoyed a solid day.

Spartan Digest Grade A


Using several different combinations throughout the game the Spartans offensive line got plenty of players some live game action and will allow Mark Staten a chance to grade out several guys to help them going forward.

Overall, the Spartans only gave up one quarterback hurry and no sacks on the day while opening up holes for the running game.

Spartan Digest Grade A

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