Michigan State vs Western Michigan: Grading the Spartans

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Sep 4, 2015; Kalamazoo, MI, USA; General view of Michigan State Spartans helmet on field prior to a game against Western Michigan at Waldo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan State vs Western Michigan contest has concluded and we finally have time to look back and really think about what had transpired on Friday night in Kalamazoo. The Spartans and Broncos played a much closer game than people were expecting.

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Michigan State pulled out the victory, 37-24, and it seemed like there were a lot of things that needed to be worked on.

Despite having won, and led the entire contest, Michigan State’s 13-point victory should have been much larger had they followed the game plan and executed it.

There were plenty of positives for the Spartans such as redshirt freshman cornerback Vayante Copeland who looked great while guys like RJ Williamson and Arjen Colquhoun both struggled in the secondary a bit as Zach Terrell passed for over 350 yards and two touchdowns against MSU.

Many are worried that the ‘No Fly Zone’ is gone for good and the MSU secondary may be taken advantage of all season long. Two receivers for Western Michigan did account for 23 catches and over 200 yards — not a good sign.

With that being said, we are going to take a look at the grades for each position group for the Spartans and what MSU needs to work on in the span of a week as Oregon is waiting for its shot to take down the Spartans in East Lansing.

Who played well enough to receive an ‘A’ and who did the worst and received my lowest grade of a ‘D’?

Next: Quarterback