April 8th, 2018

Offense Edges Defense, 32-30, in Green-White Spring Game
MSU Official
Utilizing a modified scoring system, the White (offense) defeated the Green (defense), 32-30, on Saturday afternoon for the Green-White spring game, presented by McLaren Health Plan, in Spartan Stadium. The game was played in chilly conditions, with temperatures in the 20s most of the day.

Michigan State flashes QB depth in Green-White game
Detroit News
Brian Lewerke did not play much in the Michigan State spring game. He wasn’t expected to and he didn’t have to. Lewerke is the Spartans’ second-year starting quarterback and in limited action late Saturday afternoon in chilly temperatures at Spartan Stadium, he completed 7-of-12 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. All in a day’s work, or in this case, about a quarter and a half.

Couch: Connor Heyward’s spring game adds to anticipation of Michigan State’s backfield
Lansing State Journal
Connor Heyward seemed like a powerful kid. A bruising runner. A versatile team guy. A decent college running back. That’s what I thought before Saturday’s Michigan State spring football game. Now I’m wondering if he’ll be considerably more.

Michigan State football QBs Lombardi, Day have ups, downs in debuts
Detroit Free Press
Rocky Lombardi dropped back and sent a laser slicing through the frigid air. The first pass for the Michigan State redshirt freshman on his first play in his first game at Spartan Stadium zipped right to senior tight end Matt Sokol for 18 yards. Six plays later, Lombardi took a sack. Or at least a two-hand tag, since quarterbacks are off limits.

Heyward adds another dimension to Spartans ground game
Detroit News
Senior starter LJ Scott is Michigan State’s known commodity at running back, but Connor Heyward took advantage of the spring game stage to show his versatility. Heyward can run — he had 11 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown – he can catch out of the backfield and has worked at wildcat and threw a pass on a two-point conversion late in Michigan State’s spring game at Spartan Stadium on Saturday.

Matt Allen gets start for Spartans at center
Detroit Free Press
When Michigan State’s offense trotted onto the field in public for the first time this spring, there was a familiar name in the middle of the offensive line. Another Allen. Sophomore Matt Allen grabbed the ball and snapped it, and thus the family lineage continued for the Spartans as he joined his older brothers Jack and Matt as starting centers. At least for now.

Michigan State spring game offers glimpse at QB depth behind Brian Lewerke
Five possessions using three quarterbacks and zero points. That was how Michigan State’s offense began the spring game on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. Two possessions with one quarterback and two touchdowns. That’s how the Spartans finished the spring game as the offense used a late rally to top the defense, 32-30.

Connor Heyward in position to be a factor in run game as a sophomore for Michigan State
Connor Heyward could have been in a number of different places on the field at this point in his Michigan State career. The versatile sophomore played five different positions for his high school in Georgia before coming to East Lansing last summer with no set position. Now, nine months into his Michigan State career, he’s settled into a pretty important position: No. 2 running back behind LJ Scott.

Overheard after Michigan State’s spring game: Keeping it close and laying off junk food
Michigan State’s offense topped the defense 32-30 during Saturday’s spring game at Spartan Stadium. Here are notable quotes from Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and players after the game