Aggressive play keying wide receivers at MSU

Samuel says relief of big plays makes him feel like a "proud dad" and that work remains following strong performance at Iowa.

Michigan State's much maligned wide receivers finally seemed to break through against Iowa last Saturday – somewhat representative of the entire offense.

Wide receivers coach Terry Samuel said the performance from his group was the best since a couple years ago, when MSU had a couple of top receivers.

"(It was the best) since B.J. (Cunningham) and Keshawn (Martin)," Samuel said. "Overall, they did a really good job knowing their responsibility, being in position to make plays and we talk about making plays in the run and pass. … We got it out of them this past week."

The group combined for 20 receptions for 257 yards and two touchdowns between five different receivers.

Senior Bennie Fowler led the Spartans with nine catches for 92 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore MacGarrett Kings Jr. had five grabs for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Samuel said the emergence of Kings as a go-to receiver has made a big impact on the group.

"He's playing aggressive and that's probably the biggest thing – playing aggressive, not just confident," he said.

He also said the play of the sophomore has keyed the play of the rest of the wide receivers.

"We're talking about getting open, having separation, making plays, run and pass," he said. "He's been doing that and the guys are coming on. Right along with that their aggressiveness is coming as well.

"That's what I'm liking, the fact they got the confidence now play aggressive, attack the ball, attack your blocks and do the things of that nature."

Samuel said the big plays being made make him feel like a "proud dad."

"Just a matter of having the opportunity and taking the opportunity, you're a proud dad, when thing go well for your kids and you're a proud coach when things go well for you guys," he said. "I've very proud of them, but we've got more work to do."

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