Calhoun had been relatively quiet thus far through the 2014 season, but showed up on a pair of big plays for Michigan State against Wyoming on Saturday. The defensive end blocked a field goal early in the game, setting up the Spartans with great field position after Darian Hicks recovered it. He also had a sack for a loss of 14 yards as Wyoming attempted to run a flea flicker early. Despite just one tackle – being the sack – it looked more like the Calhoun that is expected.
Kruse is an easy choice because he came back from injury to provide a valuable piece for Michigan State’s offensive line. He worked at guard as well as center, showing the versatility he provides. On his first drive of the game, he was the final block to spring Keith Mumphery for a 33-yard touchdown run
Maybe lost in the mix of a talented group of receivers, Mumphery had a two-touchdown game and has been seemingly seeing an increased role. One touchdown came on a 33-yard run, while the other came on a 6-yard reception.
It has been a tough season early for Williamson as he stepped in to take the place of Isaiah Lewis. He seems to always be on the end of bad plays for Michigan State’s defense, whether that be coincidence or more. On Saturday, he struggled with a pair of broken tackles leading to big runs for Wyoming – including getting ran over for a 57-yard touchdown.
Jackson has been reliable and is an important leader for the Spartans, but he has looked hurt and is not playing as well as he has throughout his career. A couple times, he was slow getting off the field, but it was the penalties that were more concerning. Jackson was called for three holding penalties and a personal four for clipping. Those aren’t mistake that can happen through conference season.