Reschke ready for first opportunity

Redshirt freshman linebacker has earned playing time, coach Mark Dantonio says, and he will see the field for the first time at Spartan Stadium on Friday against Jacksonville State.

With the departure of middle linebacker Max Bullough, Michigan State lost the heart and soul of last year’s defense. This year, the two-deep is talented but lacks experience inside.

Senior Taiwan Jones has moved inside after starting 17 games at the STAR the past two seasons. Redshirt freshman Jon Reschke isn’t far behind and during preseason camp, the middle linebacker has worked his way into an opportunity to play.

“I think he’s going to be in there.” Mark Dantonio said Tuesday. “He’s a redshirt freshman so you’ve got to get him some game experience.”

“I look for him to play and get reps, how many reps will be depended on how he plays. But he’s going to play in and out, initially.”

The Brother Rice product knows what he has to do to stay on the field: Make plays.

“I want to go out there and do as best as I can,” he said. “I just want to play my heart out of course. I’ll take it one play at a time. From there, hopefully I get to play more.”

Reschke said the game speed has slowed down plenty since his true freshman season, allowing him to play even faster.

“I’ve gotten so much better with that, with slowing down the game and just taking it one step at a time,” he said. “Doing what I’m supposed to do on the play instead of worrying about everything. It’s so much slower than last year.”

Although behind Jones on the depth chart, Reschke has impressed Jones with his ability on the field.

“Jon can come downhill, he’s a good player,” Jones said. “He’s smart, he’s coming along well.”

“He has great football instincts, so I feel like if he gets the opportunity here he can definitely show people a lot of things, show people that he’s a great football player.”

Reschke is looking forward to the challenge of an athletic Jacksonville State offense Friday. The Gamecocks have SEC transfers on the roster and an explosive offense which could give Michigan State’s defense a challenge.

Above all else, Reschke is looking forward to playing live football in front of thousands of Michigan State faithful.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I haven’t played since my senior year in high school, so it finally gets real and I get to go on to the big stage in front of 75,000 people.

“It’s just going to be awesome.”

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