Execution key to big plays, red zone TDs

Spartans look to execute better in the red zone and avoid "stubbing our toe" when touchdown opportunities at on the table.

Michigan State heads into Iowa with a lot to work on offensively, but the focus rests with two areas: Big plays and red zone touchdowns.

The Spartans' longest play of the season is 35 yards – a Nick Hill touchdown run against Youngstown State – and have turned just 50 percent (8 of 16) of red-zone trips into touchdowns

Sophomore wide receiver MacGarrett Kings said improving in those areas is a big emphasis.

"The big play, who is going to make it?," he said. "Is it Jeremy Langford with a 50-yard, 60-yard touchdown. Whether it's me with a long pass and run, just whoever can step up. It doesn't matter who. We are just looking for that spark, whether it's me or anybody else."

Kings, who leads the Spartans with two receiving touchdowns, said execution is the key for MSU in the red zone.

"Being more hungry when you get down in the red zone," he said. "You can't just keep coming out with field goals and missed field goals. That's not going to win you a ballgame. You gotta come out of there with six every time you're down there. It's just execution and being hungry when we get in the red zone."

Senior offensive guard Blake Treadwell agreed with Kings and said the execution will come with practice.

"It's more about we gotta step up and make the plays happen," Treadwell said. "No more getting down there and stubbing our toe."

Junior wide receiver Tony Lippett said it will take more attention to the little details when the field gets shorter. He said the wide receivers just need tunnel vision to make the big plays for touchdowns.


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