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Monday, September 26, 2011

5 Things we learned from MSU victory

Free Press sports writer George Sipple reviews the lessons gleaned from Michigan State’s 45-7 win Saturday.

1) Micajah Reynolds was up to the challenge

Reynolds moved over from the defensive line last week to back up Dan France at left tackle. Reynolds played a significant amount of snaps against the Chippewas and looked like he might be able to push for more playing time heading into conference play. Travis Jackson also looked solid in his first action at center.

2) Tony Lippett showed his versatility and ability by playing WR and CB against Chips

He got more
playing time on offense after Keshawn Martin left early with an apparent ankle injury. Lippett finished with three catches for 29 yards on offense and had one pass breakup on defense.

3) Taiwan Jones could push Chris Norman for playing time at the star LB spot

Jones has had some good hits on special teams, and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has noticed. “You watch him run down on kickoff and (it) makes you want to throw him back in at backer. You wish he played fullback sometimes. He just gets better every week.”

4) MSU keeps finding new ways to mess up on special teams

A blocked punt resulted in Central Michigan’s only touchdown. Against a better team, that kind of mistake could have cost the Spartans the game.

5) Spartans' running game gains momentum

The Spartans were determined to run the ball early and did so, gaining 122 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns in the first half. They finished with 197 rushing yards on 47 carries.
Contact GEORGE SIPPLE: 313-223-4796 Follow him on Twitter @freepspartans.
MSU vs. Central Michigan

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