SpartanDigest Mailbag: October 17

Answering your questions about Michigan State football, basketball and recruiting!

Who would you say is the defensive MVP through 1st half of season?

I would give that award to Marcus Rush. He was the best player against Oregon and has held that level of play consistently. He already has almost matched his stats from last season and has been outstanding this year. A case could also be made for Trae Waynes or Taiwan Jones, but I think it has to be Rush.

So IU is playing the true freshman who'll be taking his first ever college snaps. Does he even have a chance to succeed? Just how overmatched would you say Indiana's offense is this weekend?

It certainly will be a tough go for Zander Diamont to make his career start against a pretty darn good Michigan State defense. The offense still has a veteran offensive line, an explosive running back in Tevin Coleman and a very good, also explosive wide receiver Shane Wynn. I think the quarterback situation definitely gives Michigan State a major upperhand in this game.

Of MSU's linebackers, which one would you say is closest to playing at an all-Big Ten type of level? I like what Ed Davis does most.

I think all are having pretty good years and it would be between Davis and Taiwan Jones for who is playing at an All-Big Ten level. You can’t really go wrong with either player.

This is the time for MSU's offense to pile up points and stats, right? Barring horrible weather conditions that could stifle play, should we be disappointed if the offense doesn't score at least in the mid-40's?

Indiana’s defensive is not among the best in the conference, while Michigan State’s offense is. I think you are right, this is an opportunity for Michigan State to put up quite a few points on the scoreboard. More so, I think it is an opportunity to fix those fourth-quarter issues.

Heard Jack Allen will not be playing this Saturday to rest an ankle that was rolled in previous game, any news on this or just a rumor? Does that mean Connor Kruse takes the snaps at center with Brian Allen as backup?

That is not something set in stone, but he had not practiced Wednesday and was classified as day-to-day by Jim Bollman. When Allen went out against Purdue, Kruse was the one to take center snaps. It is a nice thing for Michigan State that Kruse, Brian Allen and Travis Jackson all can play center. If Allen is out, though, I would lean Kruse at this point.

Are there any IU recruits/commitments who MSU was targeting?

Michigan State knew of or watched plenty of the commits, while some also camped. I believe quarterback Tommy Stevens is the lone IU commit that holds an MSU offer.

Any chance Brian Cole flips his commitment to MSU?

I don’t think the chances are high, but Michigan State has been to see Cole recently.

Any news on recruits Neville Gallimore, Cassius Peat or Anthony McKee? What are MSU's chances and when are they expected to announce?

Peat committed to UCLA earlier this week. I don’t have much on the Gallimore front other than he is taking an official visit to Florida State this weekend. McKee would be the player I think Michigan State has the best odds to land, but that recruitment has been in flux lately, it seems.

Does MSU have any current players or recruits that could potentially play both football and basketball?

On the recruit front. Khari Willis is a standout basketball player as well who has plenty of offers to play at the next level as well. As for current players, Shilique Calhoun is a pretty good basketball player.

Any rumors of any of the other recruits planning on enrolling early?

From what I know, Thompson is the lone one that Michigan State expected.

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