Waynes stepped up big against Michigan. The Wolverines presented a challenge with Jeremy Gallon and Devin Funchess, but Waynes was up to the challenge. His biggest play came on a third-and-9 from the Michigan 8 on which he came in and hit Funchess to knock the ball out and force a punt.
For the most part, Waynes was consistent and made strong plays. He is starting to make teams have to worry about throwing to either side of the field.
Allen had his best game of the season with two sacks and three tackles for loss. It might not have been as much the fact he had two sacks as much as when he had them. Michigan's Raymon Taylor intercepted Connor Cook and returned it to the MSU 40-yard line. The Spartans drove the Wolverines back into a fourth-and-31 with Allen sacking Devin Gardner on second and third downs.
The game could have turned for Michigan then, but the Spartans instead took advantage of an offensive turnover … that's just amazing.
The sophomore from Detroit has been a player talked about a lot for what he can do, but this game was one of the first times he had a chance to showcase his skills. He picked a great game to do it.
Davis had 2.5 sacks of Gardner and both came on third downs to force long punts for the Wolverines. He played very well on a very big stage.
The entire defense
The three players above were the standouts to me, but realistically, Darqueze Dennard, Max Bullough and Shilique Calhoun all had a case for being on the risers as all had great games. So did Kurtis Drummond and Isaiah Lewis. The whole defense showed up in big ways almost top to bottom.
The one player of the defense who didn't have his best day was Reynolds. He had an offside penalty and didn't have a huge impact. He was good at taking up space and blockers to help the A-gap blitz for MSU, but as an individual, his play wasn't as strong as it has been in other games this season.
Price did have one reception, which almost was intercepted. It was the play he dropped that Michigan just missed intercepting deep in MSU territory that got him on this list. What should have been an easy reception almost turned disastrous for Michigan State at a point in the game that MSU couldn't afford a major mistake.