The junior running back has been on this list before this season and he continues to be the most consistent running back for the Spartans to me. He had 68 yards on 14 attempts against Notre Dame, but he made guys miss and broke some tackles. He was key when Michigan State was driving in the second half before an interception stalled the drive.
He hasn't "hit the home run" yet for a big touchdown, but it is a matter of time with his speed. What he is doing is moving the ball down field in chunks of 4 to 7 yards and that is important to the MSU offense in its run-focused system.
The senior wide receiver lost his spot in the starting lineup after the opener against Western Michigan, but has been a nice contributor the past two weeks. He had a good catch and run after the catch last week, but against Notre Dame he had one of the best plays of his career on a diving 19-yard reception that put MSU in the red zone in the fourth quarter.
He has been catching the ball much better of late.
Other than Max Bullough, Drummond probably has been the most consistent playmaker on defense for the Spartans this season.
He had seven tackles against Notre Dame, with two tackles for loss. He reads plays incredibly well in the flat and gets to the ball quickly. His closing speed and ability to get to the opponent before they have a chance to do anything with the ball is a huge asset to the defense.
Usually, there are three risers and three fallers, but Scarpinato has to be on this list. He was arguably the best defensive lineman against Notre Dame. He got pressure more than others and had a pass breakup. He and Damon Knox look primed to step in to replace Tyler Hoover and Micajah Reynolds next season.
Waynes had his lapses in the first three games, but had the speed to recover. In this one against Notre Dame, he was tested and struggled. He was called for pass interference three times, twice on third down and once on fourth down – all crucial plays.
Notre Dame's plan was to go after him and they got the best of him. He is a solid young player, but will need to bounce back from a tough one today.
Clark started again at left tackle, but was beaten badly a couple times allowing pressure to get to Connor Cook. Jack Conklin spent time at left tackle and did a little bit better than Clark in his time there, but not a lot better.
It's hard to say a player is falling without playing much, but that is exactly why Bullough is falling. Langford and Nick Hill seem to be separating themselves at this point, taking the majority of the carries again.
Bullough had just one carry against Notre Dame for one yard. He will important when MSU hits Big Ten play as a change of pace and big bruiser in the backfield, but right now he isn't a factor.
Since I had four risers, I will include a fourth faller. Burbridge should be Michigan State's best wide receiver but he is not playing like it. He is dropping passes at a higher clip than others and isn't playing like the dynamic player he showed he can be last season.
It could be attributed to misuse in the offense, as he should not be playing in the slot and being used more downfield, but he isn't making plays. MSU needs him to be dynamic and is not there.