Breaking Down The Offense

So what was really good on Saturday in Spartan Stadium? We break it down looking at the offense first.

In Mark Dantoino fashion, the annual Green & White game was interesting until the end. The Spartans head coach has a knack of keeping inter-squad battles close and the spring game was no different. But who on the offense really stepped forward?

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Kirk Cousins – With a year under his belt, Cousins is no longer looking over his shoulder wondering if he's the Spartans quarterback. With Keith Nichol firmly placed at wide receiver, Cousins is showing poise and leadership. Not only will this serve the Spartans well this fall, but the Holland, Michigan native will be under center the next two seasons.

Mark Dell – The senior wide receiver is ready to put the past behind him and be a main target for the Spartans offense. With 133 yards on 4 catches, Dell will be looked upon by the Spartans to take his gave to the level the staff feels he can achieve.

Keshawn Martin – The junior from Inkster continued to impress on Saturday with 109 yards on six catches. With Dell and B.J. Cunningham back, Martin could be the guy opposing defenses overlook in the fall.

Dion Sims – The sophomore tight end continues to improve and gives the Spartans another weapon in the passing game. With the depth at tight end look for the Spartans to throw more to them in the fall.

Andrew Maxwell – With constant pressure in his face during the day Maxwell didn't get upset or lose his cool. While this was only a spring game, it was a big game for the sophomore quarterback with Keith Nichol moving to wide receiver. Much like Cousins last season, Maxwell is looking to get more of the playbook down and keep his composer when called upon. His performance was good to see for Spartan fans and he should enter camp in August with more confidence.

B.J. Cunningham – Just like his teammate Mark Dell, Cunningham is looking to put the past behind him. While he only had two catches on the day, the effort on his touchdown is something the coaching staff was happy to see.

Charlie Gantt – Much like Sims, Gantt is ready for his senior season and showed the depth at the tight end position with his four catches for 68 yards.

Offensive Line: Its really hard to grade offensive line during spring games due to the way the teams are put together. Offensive line units work as a group and in a spring contest they are not one unit. On the bright side the continued improvement of Antonio Jeremiah is something the coaching staff is very excited about.

Running Backs: Nick Hill had the best run on the day but also fumbled it away. Hill's burst is what makes him special. Le'Veon Bell is a big back willing to run hard while Larry Caper and Edwin Baker continue to improve. This position is building depth as Hill and Bell are freshmen and Caper and Baker only sophomores.


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