Taking Nothing for Granted
The fact the Spartans scrimmaged for two hours and 30 minutes (173 plays) should say a lot to fans. With temperatures in the mid-70s, head coach Mark Dantonio and his staff looked at many combinations of players and handed out plenty of reps for everyone.
QB Battle Heating Up
The battle for playing time at quarterback is not going away like some thought it might following the second jersey scrimmage of camp. In fact, some might say things are getting more heated following a few performances on the day.
Red-shirt freshman Tyler O'Connor continues to keep his name in the running going 11-of-16 for 102 yards. However, O'Connor threw one interception and no touchdowns.
Sophomore Connor Cook had the touchdown, but also tossed one interception and complete only 4-of-9 throws for 67 yards.
Senior Andrew Maxwell hit only 9-of-19 throws for 77 yards, but did not throw an interception on the day.
Freshman Damion Terry was the star of the day and could force Dantonio's hand in looking more at the first year player. On the day Terry was 10-of-14 for 240 yards and three touchdowns, and also rushed 12 times for another 40 yards in leading the Spartans offense to a 37-36 victory.
From Dantonio's comments following the scrimmage you can see he's starting to think more about Terry for this season.
"Damion Terry is a big, physical guy. He's sudden, and he can create. He's still a freshman and that's the thing that bothers you a little bit, but he can create. The name of the game – and I've said this over and over again – is you've got to create at quarterback. You've got to take a bad play and make it a good one because things are going to break down. That's just the way football is. (After today's scrimmage) it makes it (the quarterback race) even more interesting. Damion throws a nice ball, and guys went up and caught the ball. It's exciting to see (his development).
Committee Time at Running Back
Take away who did what and look only at 153 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns. If we we're talking about Le'Veon Bell Spartans fans would say he had a solid day. Instead, we're talking the combined totals of junior running back Jeremy Langford (13 carries, 75 yards, 2 TDs), freshman Gerald Holmes (7 carries, 41 yards) and freshman Delton Williams (10 carries, 37 yards, 1 TD) during the day.
So while it would be nice to see one back emerge to the front of the pack, look for the Spartans to go with the hot hand early in the season until someone steps forward and claims the spot.
Harris & Davis Step Forward
Sophomore linebackers Darien Harris and Ed Davis stepped forward Saturday posting some solid numbers. Harris posted a scrimmage-high 11 tackles while Davis recorded four sacks to go along with nine tackles overall.
Muma Not Done Yet
Some have been quick to eliminate Kevin Muma from the kicking competition but the senior hit a game winning 46-yard field goal as time expired to push the offense over the top. On top of the game-winning kick, Muma connected on 7-of-8 field goals, including seven straight.