Michigan State spring game: 5 things we learned

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Aug 29, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darian Hicks (2) reacts to a play during the 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

3. The return of the ‘No Fly Zone’

Make no mistake, the No Fly Zone is back in full effect. During Saturday’s scrimmage, the defensive secondary gave up a total of 160 yards and zero touchdowns. Leading the way for the White team was Darian Hicks. In fairness, we have been very critical of Hicks because we know of his potential and we know that he has the ability to be the next Dennard, but can he take the steps to be the next great Spartan corner?

If today told us anything, it’s that he’s ready to take those steps.

Although his stat sheet looks small — one tackle, and one pass breakup — he had the most efficient game. The QB’s on the Green team could not throw at him because he jammed his man down the field for the entirety of the game.

On one instance where he got beat, he made up for it by stripping MacGarrett Kings Jr. of a possible big play. This is the Darian Hicks that got fans excited, and this is the player who we can expect to see this fall. Do not be surprised if he wins back his starting spot.

The other defensive backs all played a spectacular game as well. Montae Nicholson, Mark Meyers, RJ Williamson, Demetrious Cox, Jermaine Edmonson and Vayante Copeland all held their assignments in check for the majority of the game. This should get fans excited. Although the spring game cannot predict the season, it can be used as an indicator — an indicator that the No Fly Zone is looking back to its 2013 roots.

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