Re-evaluation leads to success for Lippett

Junior wide receiver stepping up in recent weeks after talking with coaches about roles and other things. What is the next goal for him?

Going into Saturday's game against Indiana, Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett had never led his team in receiving yards in a game.

Check that off the list for the junior. More importantly, check the box next to figuring out his role and no longer feeling on the outside.

"I had to sit down and re-evaluate myself," he said. "Throughout spring ball and throughout camp, I feel like I'm one of the biggest critics on myself. I sit back and watch myself a lot. I wanted to figure out what things do I do well and what things I don't do well, so I can work on those things and make progress."

Lippett, who had two catches for 29 yards against Iowa, had six catches for 64 yards in MSU's 42-28 win against Indiana.

"Tony's had a great two weeks," coach Mark Dantonio said. "He's playing much more confidently and I think the theme here is confidence. He's playing harder and tougher."

Dantonio said he sat down with Lippett during the bye week leading into Iowa – as he did with most players – and just listened to the receiver.

"He had some things he wanted to say and I think after that, he just moved forward," Dantonio said. "He got some things off his chest and just move forward with life. I think he's playing outstanding right now."

Lippett said the talk centered on finding a way to make the Spartans a better team.

"One way was I just wanted to figure out how I could help this team in any way I can as far as scoring points on the board," he said. "We talked about a lot of things, but that was the main focus. What can I do to help this team score points and help this team win?"

While he hasn't gotten in the end zone yet, Lippett said coming out and making plays Saturday was great.

"It felt good," he said. "At the same time, I'm just trying to come out here and make plays for the team. Make plays for Connor and just keep this offense excelling – no matter what."


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