Best Michigan State Offensive Player
QB Brian Lewerke, Jr.
After a down year at quarterback following the Connor Cook era, the Spartans got their guy in the 6-3, 215-pound Lewerke, who took command of the offense adding more of a rushing option to the mix. He needs to be a bit more accurate – hitting just 59% of his passes – but he threw for 2,793 yards and 20 scores with just seven picks. The 559 rushing yards are an added bonus.
2. RB LJ Scott, Sr.
3. WR Felton Davis, Sr.
4. OT Luke Campbell, Soph.
5. OG Kevin Jarvis, Soph.
Best Michigan State Defensive Player
LB Joe Bachie, Jr.
The main man in the middle of the linebacking corps looks and plays the part. At 6-2 and 230 pounds, Bachie has the size to go along with the range, leading the team with 100 tackles with 3.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss and three picks. Combining with Andrew Dowell – who came up with 74 stops – the Spartans have a terrific pair of tackles to work around.
2. DE Kenny Willekes, Jr.
3. LB Andrew Dowell, Sr.
4. S Kharli Willis, Sr.
5. CB Justin Layne, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Brian Lewerke, Jr.
Consistency, consistency, consistency. If he’s keeping the interceptions to a minimum- with just seven last year, but two against Ohio State – and he’s keeping the chains moving with his legs as well as his arm, he’s doing the job. However, he went through a way-too-long stretch of six games in seven without hitting 60% of his throws.
He cranked up 845 passing yards in a two-game stretch against Northwestern and Penn State, and followed it up with a clunker against Ohio State and – in the snow – a 2-of-14 day for 20 yards against Maryland, but got the job done early with his legs.
Key Game To The Michigan State Season
at Penn State, October 13
Of course the Michigan and Ohio State games mean everything, but both of those are at home. Beat Penn State on the road, and there’s room for a slip along the way against one of the other two East big boys.
The rest of the road games? Arizona State, Indiana, Maryland and Nebraska – ASU was the only one to go bowling last season. Get by the Nittany Lions for the fifth time in six games, and and the Spartans should be 6-0 going into the showdown with the Wolverines the next week.
2017 Michigan State Fun Stats
– Time of Possession: Michigan State 35:19 – Opponents 24:41
– Penalties: Michigan State 84 for 768 yards – Opponents 63 for 592 yards
– Punt Return Average: Michigan State 3.9 yards – Opponents 2.6 yards