1. Payton Thorne taking advantage of good tight ends, receivers
When Payton Thorne passes to his best players, good things happen.
We saw it against Wisconsin and earlier on in non-conference play. When he passes to his tight ends and guys like Keon Coleman and Jayden Reed, defenses struggle to stop the offense.
Thorne needs to realize that when he gets the ball to Reed, it almost always turns out to be a positive play. Against Wisconsin, he realized that in the second half and that’s when the offense started to take off.
He also got the ball to Maliq Carr and that turned into about a 70-yard reception. The tight ends have a serious athletic advantage over most linebackers so this needs to happen more.
If Thorne can rely on the guys who led the Spartans to their first win in a month over Wisconsin two weeks ago, Michigan State’s offense will move the ball.
I’d also like to see the run abandoned early on if it’s obvious that it’s not working.