Weaver likely to join Wiley at safety

Look for Southfield native Ross Weaver to get extended playing time at the free safety position this week against Florida Atlantic.

EAST LANSING - Look for Southfield native Ross Weaver to get extended playing time at the free safety position this week against Florida Atlantic.

Weaver would join Otis Wiley who has had a spectacular start to his senior season with two interceptions and a 78-yard punt return to his credit.

Wiley's emergence thus far as a punt return has been almost as surprising as when Devin Thomas emerged out of nowhere and became MSU 's top receiver as well as a kick return threat.

Meanwhile, MSU remains thin at safety after Kendall Davis-Clark dinged his shoulder and it remains unclear how much or for how long he'll be available for the Spartans.

"We'll have to see how that goes in terms of our preparation," said Dantonio about Weaver's move to safety. " But certainly he's 205, 210-pounds and extremely strong, he runs very well. So that may be a possibility doing something like that. Our guys have been in the system for a while so they are somewhat interchangable."

Dantonio also had praise for Wiley and his play in the team's first two games.

"He's had two game where he's made huge plays for this football team. Obviously the Cal game with two interceptions, one coming off the goal line and the other for a touchdown were big plays. He tackled very well in that game. He's got leadership qualities going on back there as well."

"This past game, not only the long punt return, but also he had another one to set up a touchdown. Both of those were huge plays in the game. Obviously he's playing very well. He has outstanding talent and does a great job leading as well. This is his second year in the system and he's being pretty active."


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