Spartans getting ready for Iowa without Mitchell

Seth Mitchell will undergo the first of a two part surgical procedure to repair a torn patella knee tendon with the hopes of playing football again next season has learned

(EAST LANSING) - Michigan State University linebacker Seth Mitchell will undergo the first of a two part surgical procedure to repair a torn patella knee tendon with the hopes of playing football again next year has learned.

"He's going to have to go through a two-part operation here, " said MSU head coach John L. Smith. "He will actually go in and get the first part done this week in which, it's going to be a 'scope'. So it's not going to be a long period of time or there not going to have to extensively open him up or anything like that. Then he'll go in for the second part of the operation down the road, when that is, I'm not sure."

Hopefully they'll end up fixing his knee and I know that Seth is very optimistic that in the future he'll be able to, in the future, come back and play. We're knocking on wood that this is the case and that he can comeback and contribute and play again. That's what he wants to do.

Smith explained that the damage is to the knee cap, not the knee ligaments themselves. "it is the knee cap, it's not like it's a weight bearing part of the knee is the cap itself. It's the slippage and how loose the cap is creates pain and the wearing that the knee puts on the knee cap is painful to him. I don't know exactly what the process is, but they are going to allievate that."

GETTING READY FOR IOWA After their 30-20 win over the Indiana Hoosiers, Michigan State has another tough road game at Nile-Kinnick stadium in Iowa City against the Hawkeyes.

Iowa is smarting after back-to-back losses to Arizona State and a 30-17 drubbing at the hands of Michigan. The Hawkeyes are 5-0-1 on homecoming days against Michigan State meaning the Spartans have a tough row to hoe against Iowa, but Michigan State's Smith believes his team turned the corner the win over Indiana.

" I think we can take a look in the mirror now, as a football team and say that we grew in that football game because we were lucky enough to get a win [while] preparing as poorly as we prepared. We have to prepare better, we have to play with emotion. If we'll do that and play for one another, we'll be a good football team.

TROUBLE MAN? Former Michigan State running back David Richard, who would have been State's starting tailback a season ago, but who elected to transfer to Missouri, was arrested on marijuana charges and his future with the team is in doubt. Richard, now a linebacker for Missouri was arrested at 2:30am on September 11 in Columbia, MO. BIG MAN COMING? Michigan State is pushing hard to nab Eastern Arizona JC 6-foot-5, 305-pound guard Reid Jacobs. The Spartans are in a pitched two-team battle against South Carolina for the services of the talented junior college lineman who is said to be among the top JC transfers available.

Michigan State has used the JC route to fill holes until Smith can fill holes in the previous years recruiting classes. Last year the Spartans had success in recruiting from College of the Canyons JC where they nabbed defensive tackle Domata Peko, brother of former Spartan and current Indianapolis Colts star Tupe Peko (Sittupe) and defensive end Daniel Zynn.

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