Reschke got some time as the MIKE linebacker with the No. 1 defense and performed well. He was solid in pursuit of the quarterback in run defense. Reschke looks like he will be a really solid player for Michigan State moving forward as Taiwan Jones graduates after this season. He had three tackles, a tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries Saturday.
The true freshmen got plenty of looks with a mix of the No. 1 defense just like Reschke did. He fit in well and was solid in his playing time. He finished with a team-high five tackles and recovered a fumble on special teams. Like Reschke, he figures to be a big piece of future Michigan State defenses.
Williams had a breakout game with a career-high three touchdowns and 103 yards rushing. It had been a while coming for Williams, who had seen little to no snaps in the first two games for the Spartans this season. He made the most of his carries against Eastern Michigan and should figure strongly into the playing group moving forward.
Michigan State has had its issues with some big play coverage busts this season and Williamson looked like the guilty party on Eastern Michigan’s 43-yard touchdown pass to break the shutout. Williamson said after the game he was the deep man in the Cover-1 and he needed to make a play. Watching the game, he looked like he lingered because of play action too long and could not recover. That is something that has to be shored up. Williamson did have an interception in the game.
It is hard to put someone on the “fallers” list when they were not in much, especially with little passing, but it became clear with Arnett that he is not in the playing group this season. He had seen limited action in the first two games, but saw plenty in this one. MSU was running the ball mostly at that point, but Arnett did have two targets with just one reception for five yards. The other target looked like a ball he could have made a play on, but did not.