Michigan State Football: 3 things to know about Richmond

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After notching a season-opening win over Central Michigan, Michigan State football will head into Week 2 with a 1-0 record and hoping to improve before facing Washington.

Let’s meet Michigan State’s Week 2 opponent.

1. The quarterback can run and throw, but the offense lacks experience

While Kyle Wickersham may be new to the starting role, he has come in as Richmond’s best offensive weapon. He completed almost 77 percent of his passes and ran for almost 70 yards if you take away sack yardage lost. He also scored the Spiders’ lone touchdown on a 1-yard rush in a Week 1 loss to Morgan State.

While the Spartans’ did a good job containing run-first quarterback Bert Emanuel Jr., Wickersham has a stronger arm. He’s also prone to making more mistakes with a fumble and a deep interception early in the game. The Spartans will need to force more turnovers as the season goes on and this is a prime opportunity to give the offense a short field against a weak FCS opponent.

Yes, this team won a playoff game in 2022, but also graduated their starting quarterback, running back, and top two receivers. Their defense packs a little more punch, with their leading tackler, senior Tristan Wheeler, already racking up 17 tackles including a sack against Morgan State.

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