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Spartan Digest hands out game balls from the Spartans 28-13 win over Furman to open the 2016 season.

Spartan Digest hands out game balls for the top performers from Michigan State’s season opening win over Furman.

Some are calling Friday night’s Michigan State opening night win over Furman sloppy and mistake filled.  A win is a win and a few Spartans stepped forward with solid performances and Spartan Digest hands out game balls to those Spartans.


Spartan Digest starts on the offensive side of the ball with a few game balls from the Spartans 28-13 victory over Furman.

Tyler O'Connor – The fifth-year senior did start a game last season when he guided the Spartans past Ohio State.  However, this game gave us more of a look at what O’Connor is capable of doing.  The numbers are solid with 190-yards passing on 13-of-18 passing with three touchdowns.  There was the interception but from our vantage point the intended receiver did a poor job of adjusting to the ball allowing for the defender to step in front of the pass. 

Monty Madaris – We’ve waited for Madaris to show his skill set since his arrival on campus.  No one expected it to come in the first game of his final season.  However, if the Cincinnati, Ohio native and continue to play at this level he’ll have a solid season.  On the night Madaris had one touch running the ball where he gained 12-yards but pulled down a team high five balls for 85-yards.

L.J. Scott – Last season the Spartans had only three games where running backs rushed for more than 100-yards.  Scott, Madre London and Gerald Holmes each had one game where they hit for more than 100-yards.  Scott did his feat against Purdue so for him to get it in the first game of the season could be a sign of what is to come this season.  Dave Warner has said he wants one featured back to get the majority of carries and on Saturday night during and after the game we saw it was Scott who got the call.  The nice thing about Scott’s performance was that on the 20 carries he averaged 5.3 yards.

Felton Davis III – The sophomore pulled down three balls for 40-yards and made a nice adjustment on O’Connor’s pass the resulted in a 13-yard touchdown strike.  Davis has the tools to become a major weapon and Spartan Digest hopes to see him continue to grow his game in the coming weeks.


Andrew Dowell – The Spartans needed a big play after a turnover in the fourth quarter and Dowell gave it to them with a great one-handed interception.  Add in eight total tackles and the sophomore had a solid game.

Chris Frey – The Ohio native was all over the field with nine total tackles and a quarterback hurry.

Riley Bullough – The senior posted eight total tackle and two quarterback hurries on the night.

Montae Nicholson – With six total tackles and two pass breakups the junior looks like he’s put some of his struggles from last season behind him.

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