Big-Time Tight End a Big Game Playmaker

The Notre Dame game not only healed old wounds, but gave the Spartans a shot of confidence as they head into Big Ten play. "This game last year was kind of the downfall of our season," Davis said. "It was a great victory for us, it was one we had to get, and we were determined to get it and we did what we had to do."

EAST LANSING - Kellen Davis is fast becoming a go-to guy for Michigan State.

On the season, the senior tight end with NFL talent is a distant second on the team with 138 receiving yards but tied for first with three touchdowns. Against Notre Dame - the biggest game of the season so far, Davis said - he added two touchdowns, one of them on a critical fourth down.

"We go for it sometimes on fourth down and every time in the huddle, you know, nobody's doubting. It just comes from us believing in each other," Davis said.

The play of the game began as a fumblerooski. Quarterback Brian Hoyer and the offense put on their acting hats and fooled the Notre Dame defense into thinking the ball had been fumbled after the snap. Davis saw an opening against man coverage and streaked down the field.

"When you're in man coverage, just beat your man and that's it," said Davis. That's exactly what he did, grabbing a Hoyer rocket in the endzone.

Davis said he has all the confidence in the world in Hoyer. "He knows all the audibles, reads the defenses very well, obviously he's got a great, very accurate arm," Davis said, explaining that much of the success of the offense stems from the maturity the team has experienced.

"The camaraderie and stuff that we have off the field and in the huddle . . . that's the biggest growth we've had and it makes me feel a lot more confident in our team," Davis said.

The Notre Dame game not only healed old wounds, but gave the Spartans a shot of confidence as they head into Big Ten play. "This game last year was kind of the downfall of our season," Davis said. "It was a great victory for us, it was one we had to get, and we were determined to get it and we did what we had to do."

Learning how to bottle that determination will be the focus of the team as they prepare to play at Wisconsin this Saturday, where a tough, nationally-ranked Badger team awaits. But no matter the obstacle, Davis says the team is ready and confident.

"Everybody believes we can get the job done."

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