Kiy Hester has a history with Michigan State that dates back to his high school days at both Wayne (N.J.) DePaul and Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional. The Spartans recruited Hester and twice hosted him on visits.
Hester's second career start now comes against Michigan State, and he cannot wait to display his progress.
"I’m excited,” Hester said. “I built a good relationship with a lot of the coaches. I visited there twice. It feels good, they’re a top four team in the country, so I feel like it’s going to be a great game. It’s going to be a great opportunity to play them.”
Hester started his first came last week, and projects to start again in place of the injured Davon Jacobs. Excited for black uniforms, Hester said he will be more ready this start despite a projected hectic environment.
"That extra work [in practice] helps because recognition of formations and plays helps a lot," Hester said. "When you stand around, you can visually watch it and learn it. But when you're actually out there going through it, when you're in the play, it helps a lot. On the field, you can just fly around. You can react faster."
The red-shirt freshman made 13 tackles and broke up four passes in his first three college games.