The Michigan State Spartans fell to No. 4 in the country after a narrow three-point victory over lowly Purdue on Saturday, and they're looking to impress the College Football Playoff selection committee this weekend against Rutgers. Here's the latest on everything surrounding the Spartans:
Spartans want to give WRs Felton Davis, Monty Madaris more playing time
Michigan State surprisingly removed freshman Felton Davis' redshirt earlier this season and got junior Monty Madaris back from injury last week, and co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner wants to get both players more involved in the offense:
“(Monty has) been a guy that we’ve been excited for years,” Warner said, via 247sports. “I think now is his opportunity and I think he took advantage of it last week and hopefully he continues to do that because we need him. He’s a guy that is probably the closest to a Keith Mumphery that can take the top off in the pass game."
Warner went on to express that he's frustrated he hasn't been able to get Davis on the field more, saying he "deserves to play and we want to get him in there and we’re going to continue to try and get him in there.”
Tight end Josiah Price likely to return vs. Rutgers
Price was forced to miss last weekend's game against Purdue with an injury but should be back on the field on Saturday against the Scarlet Knights, Warner told reporters following practice on Tuesday.
“The next couple of days will be key for those guys. Price is real important to our offense, obviously. Got some depth there which helps, but I think he’s a guy we’d like to have back if he is able to.”
Price has seven catches for 92 yards and four touchdowns on the season.
Michigan State latest to offer three-star LB/RB
The Spartans are the latest school to offer three-star LB/RB Antjuan Simmons (Ann Arbor, MI), according to Allen Trieu for the Detroit News.
Simmons has picked up 13 offers over the past two weeks alone, including Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Miami.
"His work ethic is incredible," Daryl Graham, who trains Simmons at Developing Great Athletes, told Trieu. "When he came to our training, the coaches were like, 'Who is that kid?' And it wasn't his size, it was that everybody noticed his effort. If I said 15 seconds (as a time limit for completing a drill), he would try to make it 14. Even when he was tired, he would try to make that time regardless, and he also showed leadership. Even our older players said, 'Man, this kid is leading,' so he's a natural leader."
However, don't expect a decision from him anytime soon.
"He's playing everything by ear, and the main thing he is focusing on is the season and taking his team to a state title," Graham said. "After that is done, we can sit down and go from there."Back to the Michigan State Spartans Newsfeed