Stock Market: Nebraska edition

Some MSU players on defense played well, while some new names made the fallers list after some tough showings in Lincoln.

Risers

Kurtis Drummond

Drummond opened up the game quickly. He had an interception on Nebraska's second drive and forced a fumble on a punt later on.

He also led the team with 10 tackles, which was important in a game which needed good tackling from the secondary with the way Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah was getting out in space.

He did have a bad pass interference penalty which led to a Nebraska touchdown, though. He also was the one on Kenny Bell on his long touchdown reception, but Drummond played it very well and Bell had to make a spectacular catch.

Tony Lippett

Lippett has been a staple playmaker lately for Michigan State. He continued that Saturday in Lincoln. He led the team with four catches for 67 yards, including a 20-yard reception on a third-and-19.

He also had a 34-yard reception on a third-and-5 in the fourth quarter, which led to Keith Mumphery's touchdown.

R.J. Shelton

Shelton had a 5-yard touchdown run and his role in the offense has been expanding. MSU is looking to get him the ball in more ways than just the jet sweep now. He has been used in more sets out of the backfield, in which he either gets the ball or blocks.

The best sign of Shelton in the offense came on a play fake where the throw went to him down the sideline. He was called for pass interference – questionably – but it was a good indication of ways MSU can use him more.

Damon Knox

Knox played well again starting in place of Tyler Hoover. He had a nice tackle for loss on a Tommy Armstrong run and had a couple of other strong plays in run defense. He has become a solid player for MSU this season.

Fallers

Fou Fonoti

Fonoti gave up a bad sack and a couple plays later his side was beaten again for a sack as he picked up the defensive end, but a defensive back came in untouched for another sack. Fonoti was then replaced with Jack Conklin.

Taiwan Jones

Jones made a poor decision to go for an interception, which he didn't get to and it led a long gain for Nebraska on its first touchdown drive. He also struggled out in space against a speedy Huskers offense with good blocking wide receivers.


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