“A guy we haven’t talked (a lot) about is Josiah Scott, No. 22 out there’’ Dantonio said. “He’s got a lot of Darqueze Dennard-type intangibles to go along with his ability to run and ball skills. He’s a very good tackler.’’
When the Spartans signed Scott, my first impression was at 5-10 and 166 pounds, would he be able to hold up at that size in the Big Ten. He more than held his own as was mentioned by the commentators of the Green-White game.
One area Scott will need to improve on is his ability to win 50-50 balls.
Members of the Spartans’ receiving corps found success against Scott on a couple of comeback routes and few jump-ball opportunities.
With Ohio State, Michigan and now with rise to power by Penn State, the Eastern Division of the Big 10 has become undoubtedly one of the toughest and competitive divisions in college football. If Michigan State wants to stay in the mix with those teams, some hard work has to be done to restore what was built during Coach Mark Dantonio’s helm. Something drastic had to happen this year. A program that went 36-5 the previous three years doesn’t suddenly fall to 3-9 without some internal issues. With that track record, Dantonio and his staff deserve the right to fix it.
Michigan State quarterback Damion Terry got his first start Saturday against Penn State and was impressive. He brings a running dimension to the position that Tyler O’Connor could not and it has been unfortunate that he was never given an opportunity to be given the keys to the offense and start a game. The unfortunate part of this is the fact that he has been injured to some degree his entire career at MSU. Some fans may wonder if he has what in boxing terms a “glass jaw”. Can he stay healthy enough to make it an entire season.
Well, the 2017 season starts now for the Spartans and the quarterback position will be up for grabs with Terry, Brian Lewerke, Messiah deWeaver and incoming freshman Rocky Lombardi. It seems that Lewerke would be the choice based on his play this season before he got hurt and was lost for the season. The Spartans have an number of areas to chore up for next season, but the QB position is number one
Michigan State has lost five straight games for the first time since 1991, and a failure of leadership is a big reason why.