Reschke working to be like Max

Redshirt freshman linebacker a better student of the game after last season around Bullough, now he is applying that knowledge this preseason camp

When Michigan State coaches challenge their linebackers these days, a common question is asked: “How much do you want to be like Max?”

For redshirt freshman Jon Reschke, the answer is he wants to be “a lot” like Max Bullough.

“Knowledge is the most important part as a linebacker,” he said. “Toughness, knowledge and effort, that’s what you need as a linebacker.

”Max had all the knowledge in the world. I wanna do that because that’s one thing I can control as a middle linebacker.”

While Bullough is not around East Lansing anymore, his impact still is being felt as he set the standard for middle linebackers at Michigan State. After having one season to learn from the three-year starter last year, Reschke is looking to apply what he learned to be a better student of the game.

”He lead us by example for other linebackers that want to go in and watch as much film as possible,” Reschke said.

This spring, that meant spending a lot of time in the film room with linebackers coach Mike Tressel.

“We would watch film or even the players, we would just all come in and watch film and go over certain plays and go over certain packages,” he said. “I know all the checks now and it is just much easier to play.”

That play has manifested itself this fall as he has been working as the No. 2 middle linebacker behind senior Taiwan Jones. He also has been getting work with the ones, at times, and junior Darien Harris said Reschke has been playing well

”He is doing a great job out there leading from that middle linebacker spot and is making a lot of plays out there, working on the things he has to do to work on,” he said. “I’m very impressed with him.”

Reschke said he can sense the rest of the defense trusts him now with a year under his belt at Michigan State. He knows he feels a greater sense of comfort, as well as seeing the game become a lot easier at this level.

”The speed of the game is so much more slowed down,” he said. “The leadership role I have gained is so much stronger and it’s just a lot easier to play.”

Part of that comes from having played outside linebacker at points last season, giving him the necessary knowledge at middle linebacker and that has made the difference this fall camp.

“We had a scrimmage on Saturday and I felt like I played great,” he said. “I have been making a lot of tackle for losses this camp and that comes with play recognition and knowledge, knowing what is about to come, I can kind of see that coming and make a play faster.”

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