1. Defense gets healthier, schematic changes are made
The injuries on the defensive side of the ball are piling up. Just last week, we watched as Khris Bogle and Simeon Barrow were helped off the field and neither injury looked great.
Before that, guys like Xavier Henderson, Jacob Slade, Jeff Pietrowski, Aaron Brule, and Darius Snow were all injured. It seems like the injury bug has bitten this team harder than any Spartan squad in recent memory and if these guys can get healthy (outside of Snow who is already out for the year), Michigan State’s defense may actually improve.
Right now, Scottie Hazelton has more questions than answers surrounding him and he’s got to make necessary schematic changes because playing so far off the ball on third-and-short and not blitzing has had adverse effects on this defense.
Getting healthy is important but making schematic changes is even more critical to success.
If Michigan State wants to even think about turning things around this year, it all starts on the defensive side of the ball. If the defense improves, the offense will be in much better shape.