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The safeties had a redemption game, while another player in the secondary had a big game against Michigan on Saturday.

RISERS

Darian Hicks

Hicks had probably his best game in his Michigan State career on Saturday. He came out well on the opening drive with a play intended for wide receiver Amara Darboh and was all over the coverage. Then after MSU turned it over on a Josiah Price fumble, Hicks made a great read on the third-down play. He read the play, retreated to help Kurtis Drummond in coverage and almost picked off a ball intended for Devin Funchess. He then had a second pass breakup in the fourth quarter. It was a stellar performance from the sophomore cornerback.

Darien Harris

Harris was great in run support against Michigan. He sniffed out a jet sweep with Dennis Norfleet in the third, stuffing him for a loss. He brought down Devin Gardner on the flea flicker play that UM tried to run and almost had heavy pressure on Gardner another time. He finished with seven tackles and a tackle for loss with a quarterback hurry.

Safeties

The group that has been most criticized for Michigan State this season had its best showing. R.J. Williamson stepped back into the starting lineup and had a big pick-six. He also brought down Gardner on fourth-and-five from the MSU 10 in the fourth quarter. Kurtis Drummond also had a big game, including a great read of a quick pass to Norflett as he brought him down for a loss of 4. It was a classic Drummond play.

FALLERS

Michael Geiger

What is going on with the Spartans’ kicker? He has missed a field goal in four straight games and the one he missed Saturday never seemed like it would be close. Mark Dantonio says he is not concerned about Geiger or his confidence, but in a pressure situation right now, it seems like a lot of concern would be there.

Chris Frey

Frey was tossed early Saturday for a targeting penalty as he made helmet-to-helmet contact with Darboh on a punt return. The contact was not too bad, but the helmet contact is what got him tossed as he lowered his head slightly.


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