Its clear now that after two games the offense is poor, the QB play mostly. The offensive line can’t block anyone, the receivers still aren’t catching the ball (only 1 drop today) and are not getting the chance to make a play. On the bright side though, Jeremy Langford looks like a good running back. He finds the hole and hits it and takes on the defenders and fights for the extra yards. Nick Hill also had a good game today tallying at least 2 runs over 10 yards. All in all, the offense is down right terrible. The play calling is abysmal, and the constant changing of the quarterbacks is not helping either.
Connor Cook got the start and was less than impressive early on. His first throw should have been caught by Aaron Burbridge but instead went right through his hands. His second throw was well behind an open Langford out of the backfield that could have been a decent gain. The third play of the opening drive was a fumble by Cook that should never have happened. Cook waited way to long and held onto the ball when he should have thrown it 10 rows deep into the bleachers, maybe a fan would have caught it unlike the receivers, but instead he tried scrambling and ultimately got hit by the defensive end and lost control of the ball. Cook did lead the Spartans down the field and converted a key 4th down on a quarterback option that led to a Jeremy Langford rushing touchdown.
Tyler O’Connor was not that impressive either. O’Connor tried to fit a ball into quadruple coverage in the endzone and probably should have been intercepted. O’Connor showed that he is not ready to be a Quarterback at this level yet, in my opinion anyway.
Andrew Maxwell got benched in the first half, but came out and played most of the third quarter. Maxwell moved the offense down the field, granted it was mostly on run plays, but ultimately the offense failed to convert on 4th down on a stupid play call by the co- offensive coordinators. Maxwell did take some shots downs field and should have had a pass completed 20 yards down the field to Bennie Fowler, but Fowler ran his route out of bounds.
The defense looked good once again. Tyler Hoover caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by defensive end Shilique Calhoun. Marcus Rush made a play on the quarterback that caused the ball to be up for grabs in the air and was ultimately intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Shilique Calhoun.
Is it time for Dantonio to give true freshman Damion Terry a chance or is it time for him to stick with either Maxwell or Cook?
Odd Stat of the week:
Shilique Calhoun has 3 touchdowns on the season and the offense has only 2.
Player of the Game:
Shilque Calhoun- fumble recovery for a TD; interception return for TD