After the defense took the first jersey scrimmage of the preseason it was easy to feel the offense would get their revenge in the second scrimmage of the preseason. While there is plenty to talk about, don’t read too much into the overall outcome of either scrimmage as Michigan State continues work towards their season opener against Boise State.
First year starter Andrew Maxwell completed 13-of-24 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown, but the star of the day was tight end Dion Sims who pulled down 10 passes for 171 yards including a 12-yard score.
The Spartans offense found success on the ground as Larry Caper rushed for 49 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown.
Caper’s resurgence in the offense allowed the Spartans to hold junior running back Le’Veon Bell out of for the day.
Overall, Mark Dantonio was impressed by his offense on the day.
"Andrew Maxwell and Dion Sims really impressed today,” said Dantonio. “They connected for some exciting plays. Andrew looked extremely sharp and made some great throws. Dion is a big-play receiver, and he was very consistent today. Other guys made plays too. We held Le’Veon Bell out, but Larry Caper and Nick Hill both made some guys miss and got vertical. Their yards per carry might not look great, but I really liked the way they ran with toughness.”
While Maxwell continues to grow, Spartan fans should also be excited by the continued progress of back-up signal callers Connor Cook and Tyler O’Connor.
Cook was 12-of-27 for 145 yards and one touchdown, but also threw two interceptions. O’Connor went 6-of-11 for 70 yards on the day.
Beside Sims the Spartans saw first year Spartan DeAnthony Arnett step forward with three catches for 63 yards and freshman Kyle Kerrick get 3 balls for 62 yards.
On defense the Spartans got some solid play from Arjen Colquhoun who Dantonio praised in recent comments. The Canadian Flash posted seven tackles on the day. Joining Colquhoun was Jamal Lyles (7 tackles) and Tyquan Hammock (seven tackles).