3 Big Takeaways From 2016 MSU Spring Game
The 2016 Michigan State Spartans spring game is in the book and even though White beat Green 14-11, the real story here is the future of MSU football looks bright despite graduating the winningest class in MSU history.
Here's 3 big takeaways from Spartan Stadium.
Three players who stood out in the contest were all early enrollees. Wide receivers Cam Chambers (2 receptions, 45 yards, touchdown catch), Donnie Corley (1 catch, 18 yards, multiple targets) and quarterback Messiah DeWeaver (2/6 27 yards) all had solid debuts, in an exhibition setting, as Spartans.
Chambers' touchdown catch came on an impressive sub one minute drive from the Green team that saw him open on multiple plays. Both of his catches came on clean routes run to get himself open no matter which quarterback was throwing.
Corley was targeted multiple times by both Damion Terry and Messiah DeWeaver. His speed showed on multiple routes, verifying the hype around the young receiver coming off of a Michigan State championship.
DeWeaver, despite only being in on one drive per half, led the most impressive drive of the first half that culminated in a three yard Delton Williams score. It was the only touchdown drive of the half for the either squad.
Damion Terry and Tyler O'Connor figured to battle it out for the starting role in the fall, but Mark Dantonio had said its an "open competition, for everyone". With that being said, Brian Lewerke and and Messiah DeWeaver both looked good in limited time.
Terry's line finished at 6/12 for 70 yards and three carries for 10 yards and a score. Terry used his legs brilliantly throughout the game, one time scampering for a quick three yard touchdown run and multiple times extending plays and showing escapability that went far above spring game standards.
O'Connor had the most impressive day among the game's quarterbacks. His stat line finished at 10/16 for 138 yards and a touchdown pass, he also carried the ball four times for 28 yards (leading rusher on the Green squad).
O'Connor's most impressive moment and arguable a moment that could seem him grab the lead in the quarterback battle came in the third quarter. After White scored to take a two possession lead late in the third quarter, O'Connor orchestrated a 49 second touchdown drive to quickly answer the White score. O'Connor capped the drive with a 13 yard pass to freshmen Cam Chambers. O'Connor also ran for 27 yards on the drive.
DeWeaver led the first half's only touchdown drive, going 2/3 in run heavy packages finished off by a Delton Williams score for white.
Lewerke's line finished at 2/9 for 42 yards and he threw the game's only interception.
Players looked good and looking just as good on a sunny Saturday in East Lansing was the fan support.
Announced in the middle of the second half, the 2016 spring game attendance was listed at 51,000. A new spring game school record.