How did each position group perform against the Hawkeyes in a hard to take 19-16 double-overtime loss? We take a hard look giving our opinion.
Two steps forward went to two steps back as Andrew Maxwell struggled against Iowa hitting on just over 38% of his throws. Yes the conditions were poor and again the receivers needed to do a better job of securing the ball when thrown to them. Maxwell was under pressure being sacked twice and pressured three times while also throwing an interception. However, this was a poor performance by the first year starter. Add in the poorly executed play with back-up Connor Cook and the interception to close the game and the position as a whole played below what should be expected.
Spartan Digest Grade D
Can Le'Veon Bell please get some help? Bell carried the ball 29 times on Saturday and has 200 carries on the season. He is the Spartans offense and if he were to ever go down who knows what would happen. Keith Mumphery got two carries for 15 yards but Nick Hill's three carries for five yards and Larry Caper's zero carries are cause for concern going forward.
Spartan Digest Grade B+ (Because of Bell)
RECEIVERS / TIGHT ENDS
Dion Sims was missed big time Saturday and may have been the difference in the end. The second outing for freshman Aaron Burbridge shows he's here to stay and Keith Mumphery was solid. Nevertheless, the position as a whole is still a work in progress and must continue to improve. Getting Sims back will be a major help.
Spartan Digest Grade C+
This make shift unit is not afraid to fight but they just don't have the horses and it shows at times. Overall the team rushed for 149 net yards and only one touchdown while giving up two sacks and three quarterback hurries. Because of the losses of Travis Jackson and Fou Fonoti look for continued struggles going forward. However, with each week they should start to form a comfort level with each other and their play should improve. If not, the rest of the season could be a major struggle.
Spartan Digest Grade C