Michigan State has yet to have sophomore offensive guard Jack Allen on the field this season, but head coach Mark Dantonio said the Spartans look forward to getting him back in the lineup – and it sounds like it will happen soon.
"We do have some injuries up there that we got nicked up," Dantonio said Sunday night in a teleconference. "We had to move some people around I think that's the nature of it.
"We look forward to getting Jack Allen back in the lineup. That's a positive. He brings a very tough mindset, he's a very good player for us."
The Spartans also have not had Fou Fonoti in the starting lineup, although he has played in both games thus far.
Dantonio said Fonoti is getting back into condition to play after missing most of the summer camp.
"He played more this game and I would expect him to be one work further ahead," he said. "Does that put him at full go or not? I'm not sure, but he's advancing. He's getting that time back and getting his strength back."
Both Allen and Fonoti have missed time with undisclosed injuries.
Dantonio praises Sadler
With the Spartans offense struggling, the abilities of punter Mike Sadler are often needed to help keep the defense in a position to succeed.
Dantonio said Sadler's performance has gone under the radar.
"He's been spectacular," Dantonio said. "If you really want to look at it, he's put our defense in great situations because we've gotten the ball at midfield or driven it to midfield and we've punted it down inside the 10."
Four of Sadler's seven punts against South Florida left the Bulls starting inside their 10-yard line.
Shelton the second frosh to play
In the season opener, cornerback Darian Hicks was the first freshman from the 2013 class to see the field.
Against South Florida, wide receiver R.J. Shelton became the second.
"We took the redshirt off of R.J. Shelton," Dantonio said. "I was pleased with R.J. Shelton. I thought he performed. He made a couple of plays and he ran a reverse, but he didn't bat an eye. I think he will be an outstanding receiver for us."
After Saturday's game, wide receiver MacGarrett Kings said Shelton is a good player for MSU.
"He can step in and carry the ball very well," Kings said. "He's not afraid. He has a big heart and overall he's just a great young player."