No better place to start this list than with the senior wide receiver who put up a career day Saturday. He had nine catches for 94 yards and a touchdown, but it was as much the way he played as the numbers.
Fowler showed the speed and toughness to break tackles, using it to get extra yards and a first down early. He was key in breaking MacGarrett Kings for his touchdown, getting the block downfield. After dropping out of the starting lineup and now re-emerging, it looks like Fowler could make more noise going forward.
Cook looked confident, comfortable and capable in his first Big Ten start. He threw for 277 yards on 25 of 44 passing. Perhaps about all else, he was consistent. For his mental lapses and mechanical issues, he had few of them Saturday compared to prior starts.
He led Michigan State and showed he can be a solid quarterback moving forward – if he continues to work and progress.
MSU was at its best up front when Conklin was the left tackle and Fou Fonoti was the right tackle. There was some rotation and switching, but Conklin was more impressive than Donavon Clark at left tackle and MSU moved the ball better with him out there.
The offensive line turned in another good performance this week and Conklin was a big part of it.
Williams made his debut Saturday and flashed on one play in particular. He broke at least three tackles and was impossible to bring down. On other plays, he showed that same toughness. He will spend the rest of the year as the big back complement to Nick Hill and Jeremy Langford it seems.
He had nine carries for 32 yards against Iowa.
France had a pair of penalties, one of which killed a drive when MSU had reached the Iowa 15. That 15-yard personal foul was not okay and he had a holding penalty later.
Bullough was moved to running back in the spring, but hasn't seen much playing time in games this fall. Now, he has been moved to fullback. While he could be a contributor there, it does mean he couldn't catch on at running back and Williams made his case that he is a more pure running back.
I still wouldn't rule out seeing Bullough on defense in the future.
Burbridge had three catches for 22 yards with one being a critical third-down catch. It is the fact that Fowler and Tony Lippett have gotten more playing time that speaks more about Burbridge. He has been inconsistent this year and hasn't made the jump that was expected of him as a sophomore.
It seems to be a challenge to him that he isn't getting as many snaps.