The junior running back had four touchdowns and was the centerpiece of a big offensive performance for Michigan State. He had 109 yards on 23 carries and finally broke the big play with a 32-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
He also had touchdown runs of 2 and 5 yards, as well as an 11-yard touchdown reception. He clearly was the hot back for the majority of the game Saturday and deserved the carries he kept getting.
Hoover has been impressive in the middle all season, but he had a big sack early in the game Saturday on a drive that concluded with a punt for Indiana. He put a huge hit on the QB as he came in untouched.
Hoover has been a solid player at defensive tackle and it is nice for MSU to have his veteran presence in there.
MSU took the redshirt off Shelton for his explosive ability and it is easy to see why. They look to get him the ball so he can make it happen and now he is on kick return, too, for the same reason.
On Saturday, a key to his progression was getting him his first reception. To have that on film is important as other teams will have to respect his ability to catch passes now and can't just assume it will be a jet sweep …
… Which brings me to a jet sweep. Shelton had a fantastic play on a 34-yard touchdown run. He took the ball and got outside and had to jump an offensive lineman on the ground, but did so without really losing speed and ran in easily. His ability to stretch the field will be key for MSU as they keep moving forward.
Waynes had a bad late hit penalty on the sideline on a third down that extended an Indiana drive. The Hoosiers also looked to his side of the field a lot and he gave up more than he usually does.
It is a tough thing for Waynes to be opposite Darqueze Dennard, as opponents will throw his way a lot, but he is better than he played Saturday.
Mumphery seems to be getting lost in the shuffle at wide receiver. Bennie Fowler and Tony Lippett are making plays. MacGarrett Kings is the go-to guy. R.J. Shelton and A.J. Sims are solid role players. Aaron Burbrdige does a lot of good things. Mumphery is kind of in no-mans land right now.
Drummond was beaten on a downfield throw to Shane Wynn and then chased after him … and missed the tackle as Wynn juked. It was not his best showing. He also wasn't as good as he usually is in the support of an opponent's short passing game.
In a similar spot to Mumphery in that he isn't on the field because others are making plays. Hill didn't have a carry Saturday, but was on the field for a short while.
He still factors into MSU's plans moving forward, but wasn't needed against IU as Langford was rolling and Delton Williams was moving the ball, too.