Five Takeways: WMU edition

What did we learn from the Spartans' opening win against WMU? One thing is for certain, the secondary is as talented as ever.

1. The secondary is really good

Michigan State has been deep in the secondary in past years and still are. The showing against Western Michigan was more evidence of the fact.

Six pass break-ups and an interception is a good line for the group, which was led by Kurtis Drummond. Drummond, who always seems to make plays when he is out there, is showing to be exactly as good as he has been in previous years. Should be a good year for the junior safety.

2. Jairus Jones made the move to LB well

Jones showed his move went well as he had bulked up, but still is quick at linebacker. He was effective in showing blitz, but dropping into coverage on third downs – when both interceptions came.

He definitely has safety skills and MSU will be utilizing those well on third downs in the future in a 3-3-5 formation.

3. The QBs haven't proven anything is different …

Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook both struggled to move the ball and complete passes. Maxwell did start strong, but few passes went downfield and drops hurt him. He did have a couple of runs, but still struggled to get the offense moving.

Cook was much of the same. He is mobile, but that was known. He struggled with his accuracy whether in the pocket or outside of it.

4. …. And neither have the WRs

The wide receivers had between five and seven drops, depending on who you ask. I counted six drops. Senior Bennie Fowler had three. Keith Mumphery's cost a touchdown late, but could have been hurt by MacGarrett Kings ending up in the same corner of the endzone on a possible bad route.

With quarterbacks struggling to move the ball, the wide receivers didn't do their job well, either.

5. Langford showed promise

The bright spot on the offense was running back Jeremy Langford. The most encouraging part was he showed what he said all fall camp: He was working on being more physical and taking the 4-yard gains instead of looking for the home run on every play.

He would up with 94 yards on 20 carries. He did have a fumble, which was costly as MSU was driving to take a potential 33-7 lead.

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