Three Up or Three Down: Grading #24 Spartan FootballPOST Maryland
- UP: RUNNING GAME The Spartans ran for 269 yards on 46 carries. The offensive line was very solid. It was the best showing of the Spartans running game all season.
- UP: DEFENSE The Spartan defense owned the Terrapins. A team that had had great success running the ball was held to just 26 anemic yards on the ground and just 100 total yards.
- DOWN: Coaching Mark Dantonio had is a good an honorable man. That doesn’t mean he is immune from criticism. He started an injured QB that was closer to 50% throwing then 100% when he had a young QB that had just had a terrific day for the win vs. Purdue. If Lewerke is your long-term man, all you have to say is that you are NOT playing him until he is 100% and upon his return, he is 100% the starter. You give Lombardi all of the reps again against a terrible Terrapin team and SHOULD you need him against OSU, he has another game of experience under his belt. Lewerke was 11/20 for 87 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. The young man playing in pain was gutsy. I felt bad for him and it shouldn’t have been. Dantonio swam upstream when he didn’t need to.
I think Felton Davis III is a stud NFL WR, but Cody White in my opinion and those of scouts I talk to maybe the bests WR on this team. His return was mammoth and when you add to it a future NFL star in Josiah Scott coming back and looking fantastic, the Spartans are definitely on an upswing.
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