Head coach Scott Frost said that last week’s game at Oklahoma should help prepare his players for the 6 p.m. kickoff Saturday night in East Lansing.
“It got loud a couple times in Norman, and we have to do a better job making sure the noise doesn’t affect us—four false start penalties is too many,” Frost said. “But we’ve been in a hostile environment a couple times already this year.”
Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III leads college football in rushing yards (493) and is averaging a whopping 8.65 yards per carry. Frost said the Wake Forest transfer is a special player and that it will take multiple hats around the ball to get him down.
“He’s a really good player. When he gets a head of steam down field he’s hard to tackle,” Frost said of Walker. “It’s hard for one guy to bring him down. He’s been a huge difference for them. I think they’re good all around him, but he’s a pretty special player and trying to contain him will be a big part of the game plan.”
Head coach Mel Tucker’s Michigan State Spartans have impressed this season, staring 3-0 with wins over Northwestern, Youngstown State and Miami.
More news and notes:
>> Frost said that he’s keeping his fingers crossed that Oliver Martin will play at Michigan State, but the receiver is still trying to get back from an injury. Martin hasn’t played since week zero at Illinois, where he caught six passes for 103 yards and one touchdown.
>> Frost said that outside linebacker Javin Wright’s season is likely over following a blood clot issue. Frost said that Wright, a third-year redshirt freshman from Arizona, is a special player who has had to deal with a lot. “He’s had some bad luck and we’re trying to get to the bottom of the root cause of what’s going on with him,” Frost said. “He’s a pretty special player who can’t seem to get out of the starting blocks.”
>> In his experience as a player, sitting in a hotel all day waiting for to play a night game wasn’t much fun. Frost and his staff will get the players up and active early in the day.
>> Frost said the field goal kicking has been a work in progress. “I have a lot of confidence in the guys,” Frost said, “they just have to find their rhythm. Connor (Culp) kicked well this week, so we have to trust him and let him go out and do his job.”
>> Frost said captain Cam Taylor-Britt is trying to do too much. “If he just plays within the structure of what he’s supposed to do, a player like him is going to make a lot of good plays,” Frost said. “I think he’s pressing just a little too much, and sometimes that can lead to a couple bad plays.”