Tight ends make an impact for MSU on Saturday

Pair of redshirt freshmen combine for five catches and 47 yards in win vs. Youngstown State.

Through the first two games, Michigan State had received little production from the tight end position – just one catch for seven yards.

In Saturday's 55-17 win against Youngstown State, the Spartans tight ends got their names in the scorebook a lot more.

"I think (their production) is very important," Dantonio said. "We've been saying that Josiah Price has great hands. I think you saw that today, makes a great catch. We moved Jamal Lyles over there. It's good to see him over there. He's got great hands and played a lot of positions in high school."

Price had three catches for 28 yards in the win and said it was a great feeling to get his first career receptions.

"It's a great feeling to finally get out there and make a catch or two and get upfield and get a few first downs," the redshirt freshman said. "It's a great feeling and it's very rewarding for all the hard work we've put in over the past two years. For myself, I've put in a lot of extra work and it's a very rewarding feeling."

Price said in an offense that relies on its tight ends to produce, there is a lot of pressure.

"This is Michigan State and they say that we use our tight ends a lot and it's a very valuable position," he said. "They put a lot of pressure on us to perform at a very high level and I think we are a pretty young group."

The group stayed young when the coaches moved defensive end Lyles – also a redshirt freshman – to tight end in practice leading up to the South Florida game.

Price said that Saturday helped the tight ends a lot moving forward and that Lyles was a part of that with two catches and 19 yards.

"Jamal Lyles had a few catches and I had a few, too," he said. "I think it's a huge help to the passing game. The defense has to respect the tight end then and it will take a little pressure off the receivers. You saw the receivers making outstanding catches and getting upfield and doing things after they catch the ball. I don't have any worry on your receivers, they're all great players."

Sophomore wide receiver MacGarrett Kings, who had four catches for 61 yards and a touchdown, said having the tight ends playing a bigger part is good for the offense.

"It's good, get to take another guy out the box," Kings said. "It frees up other receivers when you have a good tight end."

Price said he felt good getting a few reps in a game for the first time, but more importantly that it was a big day for the offense.

"I feel like it was a great day – a great day overall for our offense," he said.


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