I’m not sure Tom Izzo and Michigan State football could have programmed better weather than what they had on Saturday for the Izzo Legacy 5k run/walk/roll and the Spartans’ final spring practice of the year. Sunny, not too hot in the morning, and perfect at the 2 p.m. ET kickoff.
The crowd for the charity run was buzzing, excited for not only getting to walk/run/roll through gorgeous East Lansing while supporting numerous great causes but also sensing Izzo’s excitement for next year’s team.
But before we already jump into basketball season, let’s take a look at how the football team looked in their 15th and final practice of the spring.
1. Injuries aren’t something to be worried about now, but…
Keon Coleman, Charles Brantley, Khris Bogle, Darius Snow, and Dillon Tatum are the notables who did not participate in practice. I know a majority of these players had injuries last season that kept them out at least one game, while Coleman had a partial muscle tear going into the last game of the season.
I understand that we are still four and a half months from the season but with what limited information we have, I wonder if they are just being cautious or if these are new injuries that have popped up in the last five weeks.
As for in-game injuries, of course, one of note had to happen. Ma’a Gaoteote went down after a play and seems to have gone out with a shoulder/arm injury. While this, again, isn’t too alarming seeing as we are 4.5 months out and the linebacking corps are our strongest and deepest, I just want to see fewer injuries this season. Please.