The crew at Big Ten Network do a phenomenal job.
In the offseason, the analysts get to visit each Big Ten school and check out how practices and the teams are looking. On Monday, the crew got a look at Michigan State and Howard Griffith broke down a couple of the Spartans’ skill position players in particular:
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Aside from the ice cream that Griffith craved, he raved about Michigan State juniors WR Cody White and RB Connor Heyward. White, a junior, is a 6-foot-3 play-maker that is hard to match up against.
As Griffith said, he is a “matchup nightmare.”
As for Heyward, Griffith said that he is one of the best all-purpose backs that this conference has. A season ago, White played in just nine games and had 577 total yards to go along with his 3 TDs as a sophomore. Heyward, also as a sophomore, maintained a 4.5 yards per carry average while amassing 778 total yards and 5 TDs. Heyward also caught 32 passes as a RB.
If Lewerke is able to truly take that next step and become a consistently great QB, he has weapons at his disposal. And if that’s the case, Michigan State’s offense in particular will take a massive step up from where it was a season ago — ranking 125th in the country in scoring (18.7 points per game).