Michigan State vs Western Michigan: 5 things to watch for

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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

4. Return of the ‘No Fly Zone’

After taking a year off, will the devastating ‘No Fly Zone’ return? It might get off to a slow start since three of four secondary members are first-year starters and one happens to be a redshirt freshman.

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Western Michigan’s Corey Davis is probably the best receiver in the MAC, catching 80-plus passes for over 1,500 receiving yards a season ago. It will be a tough test for Demetrious Cox and the aforementioned Vayante Copeland.

If either of those guys gets burned deep, the Spartans have a solid set of safeties in Montae Nicholson, who has been hyped up beyond belief, and senior leader RJ Willoamson. Those two guys have the ability to bring the ‘No Fly Zone’ back and the two first-year starting corners have potential as well.

WMU quarterback Zachary Terrell doesn’t have to rely on Davis, either. He passed for over 3,400 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, which means he spreads the ball out to all of his targets.

One thing everyone wants to know is if the secondary will be as solid as it was just two years ago when the Spartans made an almost improbable run to a Rose Bowl title. It will get a true test tonight.

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