Five Standouts from the Spring Game

Taking a look at who was impressive in Saturday's spring game -- and on replay with further review.

A few stood out a little bit more than the rest in Michigan State's spring game Saturday. We take a look at who helped themselves:

Josiah Price

The sophomore tight end had such an impressive spring game that it prompted some talk in the press box of looking like a future NFL tight end. He had five catches for 81 yards, including the game-winning 2-yard touchdown. Price showed he is tough to bring down, can run routes well and block. The improvement in the latter would be the key for him moving forward, but Saturday was an outstanding showing from him as he and Connor Cook had a good rapport all game.

Demetrius Cooper

As early as last fall camp, Cooper was drawing some pretty good praise for his future potential. Saturday he showed his quickness and outstanding pass rush ability. He still is raw in his run defense and showed a little bit of overzealousness jumping offside twice, but he was a force. With the weight added as he a redshirt

Shilique Calhoun

Calhoun was in midseason form and put on a clinic. He was in the backfield time and time again, beating left tackle Jack Conklin a few times. He was not alone on the defensive line, as Cooper also made plays, but so did Lawrence Thomas and Joel Heath. Both Thomas and Heath had flashes of greatness from time to time and showed speed in getting into the backfield. As Heath moves inside to the tackle spot, he also showed he isn't bothered by facing double teams after being one on one outside on the edge.

The secondary

It is pretty hard to pick just one player that played well in the secondary. Kurtis Drummond is the unquestioned leader and probably the best player in it, but Trae Waynes was strong and effective. Demetrious Cox, Jalyn Powell and R.J. Williamson all made plays as they compete for a starting spot in the fall. Jermaine Edmondson, Darian Hicks and Ezra Robinson had an interception each as they battle to be the second starting corner. A total of five interceptions made for a good day. It will come back to consistency play to play for those competing at corner, but Saturday showed the Spartans have options and talent to step in for Jim Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Dennard.

Connor Cook

A year after being in a battle for the starting spot in the spring game, Cook was putting on display why he is the starter. He was confident and smooth in his play, showing the great rapport with Price and just being an all-around strong QB. He had a couple interceptions on throws he could have placed better, but Cook was just solid from start to finish.


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