Spartans heading toward youth movement?

``The more confidence they get, the better they get, the more knowledgeable they get about making the adjustments and checks and all the things that you have to go through and just how they play it, yeah, hopefully that will be the case." John L. Smith on the MSU freshman class.

EAST LANSING - In his weekly press conference Michigan State head coach John L. Smith emphasized that the Spartans goal is to become bowl eligible and send the seniors out as winners, but also revealed he has plans to move a few key young players into the playing group and how these, as well as a few others, form the nucleus of what could be a Spartans youth movement.

``We'd like to get those [younger] guys in more and more all the time," said Smith. ``The more confidence they get, the better they get, the more knowledgeable they get about making the adjustments and checks and all the things that you have to go through and just how they play it, yeah, hopefully that will be the case."

Smith specifically pointed out key plays the team got from younger players in their win over Indiana. ``Kaz (redshirt freshman offensive lineman Tom Kaczmarek) played pretty good and I think he got much better as the game went on and you get a bit of confidence in him and he needs that, we all need that," said Smith

``We need to see those freshmen come in and play like they are. You see a guy like Kaz come in and did the good job. [Brandon] Long ends up getting a turnover forced [by] flying around, [Otis] Wiley gets a turnover forced [by] flying around. [Ross] Weaver made a couple of plays, he gave up one, but he made one real good one."

Kaczmarek, Long, Wiley and Weaver are four of Michigan State's top recruits from a season ago and now, eight games into the season, Smith no longer looks at them as freshmen, but as players who have some experience but need more as they become acclimated to playing on Saturday's.

Smith also pointed out the play of one soon to be key performer who cannot get on the field on Saturday.

``I think they're all getting better, I don't want to single anybody out, but if I had to single one guy out A.J. Jimmerson is a guy that comes out every day to play. He's like [Javon] Ringer except he's not playing. He's a redshirt. He likes having fun and practicing and that catches on with those other guys."

Jimmerson will come back next fall with four years of eligibility and with senior Jason Teague headed for graduation, Jimmerson will likely take his place in Smith's running back by committee rotation.

Smith also said good things about another freshman, kicker Matt Haughey, who's fast becoming one ofthe coaches' favorites. Haughey, along with kickoff specialists Todd Boleski, have solidifed the kicking game and made kicker John Goss and Kyle Mayer expendable.

```Chips-a-Haughey?'" asked Smith in response to a reporters question. ``What we do is we call him up at the end of practice every day and we put the team around him and try to harass him as much as possible and then we make him kick all over the field and the harassment in brutual," joked Smith.

What kinds of things are they doing to Haughey? ``It's kind of a ritual that we can't tell you what we do.....[or] we'd have to kill you."


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