Misch Firing Up Linebacking Corps

"I think I have to play bigger than I am, if I play like a 200-pound linebacker, I'm not going to make any big plays so I try to attack downhill and not focus on my size," said Misch.

EAST LANSING -- Jon Misch lasted only one defensive play in his first start at linebacker before coming to the bench. Misch came off because he was so intense in getting up for the game that he may have gone overboard and forgot what he was supposed to be doing out there.

"This first game it all kind of hit me and I didnt get line up right, I actually got to where I thought I had to be and I hoped it was right but it wasn't," said Misch.

Senior linebacker and team captain Kaleb Thornhill calls the red shirt freshman Misch "crazy" out on the field.

"He's all fiery (and he kind of) lost his mind in the first couple of plays, but once he learns then he's going to be a good player," said Thornhill. "Definitely playing next to Misch is an experience; he was so intense that he ran into me a few times out there when we were switching up."

After settling down, Misch racked up nine tackles to lead the team while still showing some of his crazy antics out on the field.

"He flew around and made some plays," said Coach Mark Dantonio. "He's going to play up tempo and 100 miles an hour which is what we want, he will have an outstanding career for us."

"I get really excited with everything that I do, when there is a great play I like to make sure that everybody knows that it happened and people deserve props for what they do. I like to bounce around a lot, I never really stop moving," said Misch.

Although he is listed at only 200-pounds, Misch plays like a heavyweight.

"I think I have to play bigger than I am, if I play like a 200-pound linebacker, I'm not going to make any big plays so I try to attack downhill and not focus on my size," said Misch.

Aside from the young Misch, Thornhill finds himself quarterbacking a young group of linebackers that includes red shirt freshman Eric Gordon, true freshman Greg Jones and Josh Rouse as well.

Each player brings something different to the field, but they proved to be steady and tight in their rout of UAB last Saturday.

"We are going to get better as the year goes on, I feel good about us for the next few years, we have good depth, anyone can go in and make some plays, and the coaches can trust us that we can do the job," said redshirt freshman Eric Gordon, who made six tackles against UAB.

Greg Jones added seven tackles and Josh Rouse had three and Thornhill pitched in with two tackles in the game.

"We've got a very young line backing core and a lot of talent", Said Misch. "Greg Jones made some greats plays, Eric Gordon has a lot of talent, and Josh Rouse will rotate in there as well."

Thornhill starts in between the two red-shirt freshman Misch and Gordon with several players contributing from the bench, including SirDarean Adams.

Although they have only played one game, many of the young guys debuts were impressive, which coach Dantonio and the defensive coaches hope will lead to bigger and better things.


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