Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 9:30 AM EST Nov 19, 2018 LINCOLN, Neb. — Rocky Lombardi stuck to his script. “I didn’t see any drops.” You didn’t see any drops? “No.” Of course, Michigan State’s quarterback saw them. Every one of the 88,793 bundled-up fans in Memorial Stadium did. His coaches did. Even his defense did from the sidelines. At least seven of Lombardi’s 25 incompletions touched his intended receivers’ hands —some high, some wide, some right on target. But he wanted to put the blame on himself and not spread it around. That’s simply a quarterback protecting his teammates and avoid division. That’s all the Spartans can do right now as a group. MSU arrives at the final game of a tumultuous regular season in a tenuous spot. Not just at quarterback, where coach Mark Dantonio continues to try and juggle Lombardi and Brian Lewerke. But with an entire offense that continues a drop also … [Read more...] about Michigan State football’s Dantonio has tough decisions ahead
Spartans michigan state football
Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 6:56 PM EDT Oct 6, 2018 EAST LANSING — Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel tackles the tough questions after Northwestern’s 29-19 victory over Michigan State on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. What is wrong with Brian Lewerke? Statistically, he wasn’t horrible on Saturday. He completed 31 of 51 passes for 329 yards with a touchdown. But he was not sharp. "It's not in the yards sometimes, it's in the production and the points behind it," MSU coach Mark Dantonio said. Lewerke threw too many bad passes. And he didn’t see some open receivers. Cody White was out with an injury, but this was more than that. “He's got to play better obviously than he did,” Dantonio said. What's the problem? To begin with, MSU does not have a consistent running game, and that makes everything harder for a quarterback. It can even mess with a quarterback’s head. Lewerke admitted that he might be pressing a … [Read more...] about Michigan State football: What’s wrong with Brian Lewerke?
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 12:03 PM EDT Oct 4, 2018 Welcome to our weekly Michigan State football live chat with Free Press sports writer Chris Solari. The Spartans (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) take on Northwestern at noon at Spartan Stadium. Feel free to leave your questions below or check back at 11 a.m. on Thursday when Chris begins to answer. Solari: Michigan State's offense must step up in vital October Access to live chat for mobile users. … [Read more...] about Michigan State football chat recap: LJ Scott ready to play?
Detroit Free Press staff Published 10:00 AM EDT Oct 4, 2018 No. 20 Michigan State (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) at Northwestern Wildcats (1-3, 1-1) When: Saturday at noon. Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan. TV: FS1 Radio: WJR-AM (760). More MSU football: Michigan State football defense seeks more pressure on Clayton Thorson Examining every turnover by Michigan State football QB Brian Lewerke • Box score Twitter updates Don't see the updates, try this. … [Read more...] about Michigan State football vs. Northwestern: Time, TV, radio info
Souichi Terada Special to Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT Oct 4, 2018 EAST LANSING — Two years ago, Northwestern ruined Michigan State football's homecoming by scoring 54 points at Spartan Stadium – the most points ever given up in the Mark Dantonio era. One year later, the Wildcats prevailed in a 39-31 triple-overtime thriller. Now, MSU welcomes Clayton Thorson and the Wildcats for a yet another homecoming date on Saturday (noon, Fox Sports 1). More: Northwestern holds the blueprint to beat Michigan State Northwestern moved down the field last year with short passes, using a slew of underneath and crossing routes. For an MSU passing defense ranked 114th in the nation – giving up 288.3 yards per game through the air – it’ll be an important test as the Spartans enter the bulk of Big Ten play. “We got to find them,” captain Khari Willis said of the underneath routes. “We got to break up on them. We got to trust what we … [Read more...] about Michigan State football too familiar with Northwestern offense