Here are five things learned from this year's spring game.
DEFENSE WILL LEAD THE WAY
No surprise here by those who follow the Spartans. Pat Narduzzi has the tools in place to have another top level defense in 2013 as veterans and some new faces are in place to keep the Spartans defense at the top of the national scene.
RUNNING GAME IN FLUX
The hope heading into the spring was one of the Spartans running backs would show enough skill to take a firm lead at the position. With the late addition of Riley Bullough to the mix, Spartan fans were hopeful the linebacker could be the answer to the biggest question heading into the 2013 season. Nick Tompkins had four carries for 43-yards for Team White while Bullough carried 11 times for 46-yards. This will still be the biggest question going into fall camp.
MAXWELL NO.1 – COOK ON HEELS
If the season opened next week we fully expect Andrew Maxwell (9-of-20 for 110 yds & 1 TD) would be named the starter. However, the gap between Maxwell and Connor Cook is not all that wide. Neither quarterback had a great day and it is in the best interest of the program that both enter camp trying to beat out the other.
NO. 1 RECIEVERS
There is no mistaking Aaron Burbridge is the Spartans top receiver now and going into the 2013 season. The 46-yard touchdown pass from Maxwell to A.J. Troup showed why some feel Troup is ready to breakout and join Burbridge at the top of the depth chart.
OFFENSIVE LINE NOT AS BAD AS IT LOOKED
With a couple of offensive linemen out for the spring game and players split between the two teams there was no way the offensive line can look as a solid unit. When camp opens there will be plenty of competition with only Fou Fonoti and Travis Jackson as solid starter. Solid springs by Donavon Clark and Kodi Kieler will force players like Skyler Burkland and Dan France to step up their game.