5 to Watch: Michigan State Offense

SpartanDigest.com presents five players on offense that Irish fans should keep an eye on when the team's square off on Saturday night.

Note: Spartansdigest.com publisher Dave Berk offers five key players to watch for Irish fans as Notre Dame travels to East Lansing for a Saturday night tussle vs. Michigan State:

#1— TB: Le'Veon Bell (6-2, 244 Jr.)
Bell is a true power back who can block and catch the ball out of the backfield. With one of the best stiff arms in college football and the knack of spinning out of a tackle, Bell is already off to a fast start this season with 280 yards rushing and four touchdowns while also pulling down seven passes for another 55 yards. However, a couple of his biggest plays have come in max protection when Bell destroys a defender looking to reach the quarterback.

#2— QB: Andrew Maxwell (6-3, 212 Jr.)
After a rough start, Maxwell settled down in his second career start and is putting up some solid numbers. The arm strength is there for the deep ball and the out patterns. However, Maxwell saw several throws be high or long in week one lacking the touch you want to see. Things went much better last weekend as the junior signal caller went 21-31 for 275 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception.

#3— TE: Dion Sims (6-5, 285 Jr.)
Sims has fought injury and off field issues since arriving on campus but looks to have everything straightened out for a big season. The Detroit (Mich.) native is Maxwell's go-to guy early and causes match-up problems with his great physical size and speed.

#4— WR: Bennie Fowler (6-1, 218 Jr.)
The Spartans have a deep group of inexperience receivers and Fowler looks to put injury issues behind him and show the skills many feel can make him a major receiving threat. Already this season the Bloomfield (Mich.) product has posted 10 catches for 135 yards and one touchdown. While we list Fowler, Irish fans will also have to keep an eye out for Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphery as well.

#5— RG: Chris McDonald (6-5, 298 Jr.)
McDonald enters the Notre Dame game with 19 consecutive starts at right guard. Solid run blocker with lots of experience, McDonald is the offensive lines leader on and off the field. If McDonald struggles the Spartans offensive line usually follows suit.

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