1. Chester Kimbrough, DB
Nickel Chester Kimbrough was clearly a guy Kalen DeBoer was looking to target last week — and it worked. Kimbrough got torched all night long until halfway through the game when he was pulled for Justin White who didn’t play much better.
Kimbrough will need to bounce back against Minnesota as the Spartans need to limit every single yard in the air. I’m not saying he has to be Trae Waynes out there but Kimbrough needs to make sure he’s not having any coverage breakdowns and has proper leverage on the wideout he’s guarding.
Every single pass breakup is a win for Michigan State, and a huge key to the game is Kimbrough stepping up and making plays on the ball. Mel Tucker will need to have Kimbrough ready, as I’m sure P.J. Fleck will implement plenty of pass plays his way in his game plan for Saturday.