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Anthony Williams Jr. enrolled at Michigan State just three months ago. The freshman running back is still in the early stages of making the challenging transition to college football and isn’t familiar with playing in front of large crowds. Yet, when speaking with the media for the first time as a Spartan after Saturday’s spring game, Williams showed the restraint of a veteran when asked if running back was a position open for the taking.

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Looking back at what happened in Michigan State’s spring game, which was won 42-26 by the defense, and looking ahead to the Spartans’ offseason and 2019 season opener against Tulsa.

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Saturday’s performances from Brian Lewerke and his receivers are a reminder that health was as much to blame as anything in ’18

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Anthony Williams felt the butterflies. His first game in Spartan Stadium. Just four months removed from high school. The early enrollee may have given Michigan State a glimpse of its future at running back. Williams ran for a team-leading 26 yards on nine carries and caught three passes for 19 more yards, flashing a speed burst to the edge that stood out for the offense in a 42-26 loss to the defense in Saturday’s spring game.

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Defense Tops Offense in Green-White Spring Game, 42-26 MSU Official
Utilizing a modified scoring system, the Green (defense) defeated the White (offense), 42-26, on Saturday afternoon for the Green-White spring game, presented by McLaren Health Plan, in Spartan Stadium. The game was played under sunny skies and temperatures in the low-50s with winds nearing 20 mph

Brian Lewerke looks healthy, defense sharp Detroit Free Press
No one expected Michigan State football to unveil its revamped offense during Saturday’s spring game. But there were things to see from the offense in the defense’s 42-26 victory at Spartan Stadium. Specifically that quarterback Brian Lewerke’s right arm appears healthy. Here are some takeaways from the game, heading into the offseason before the real games begin Aug. 30 at Spartan Stadium against Tulsa.

‘He had good zip’: Brian Lewerke passes spring test in a breeze Detroit News
The wind was blowing at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon and Brian Lewerke was slinging the ball around the field. Forget that Michigan State’s offense didn’t look much different than the one that averaged barely more than 18 points a game last season. It was, after all, the plan coming into the annual Green and White game. Even with the coaching staff reshuffled and Brad Salem now the offensive coordinator, coach Mark Dantonio’s plan was to keep things simple

Mark Dantonio wants Brian Lewerke to inspire, like he did in spring game Detroit Free Press
Kirk Cousins visited Michigan State’s practice this week and met one-on-one with all of the quarterbacks. That included Brian Lewerke, who appreciated it but would not reveal much about the pep talk. “I don’t want to talk about it exactly. He did give me some advice on just football and life,” Lewerke said Saturday. “He’s a smart guy, he has an answer for everything.”

Short-handed Michigan State defense flexes its muscle in Green-White game Detroit News
The Michigan State defense wasn’t at full strength on Saturday, but that hardly meant they were not dominant. That’s been the norm for the Spartans for the better part of the last 10 seasons and it was again in the annual Green and White game as the defense — the Green team — was in control much of the afternoon and beat the offense — the White team — 42-26 in a modified scoring system.

Observations from Michigan State football’s spring game mlive.com
Michigan State’s defense beat the offense 42-26 in Saturday’s spring game at Spartan Stadium using a modified scoring system. Here are quick observations from the game

Brian Lewerke looks sharp in spring game, gives himself an A-minus mlive.com
Brian Lewerke believes his return to form is still a work in progress. It’s only April but the Michigan State fifth-year senior quarterback’s performance in Saturday’s spring game was clearly a positive step towards getting back to where he wants to be.

Michigan State defense showcases depth and versatility during spring game mlive.com
When their backs are against the wall, the Michigan State defense typically responds. During Saturday’s spring game, which pitted the Michigan State football team’s offense against its defense, the vaunted Spartan defense found themselves down 17-15 midway through the third quarter.

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Trenton Gillison looked around and soaked in his collegiate debut. The 100,000-plus fans roaring inside Beaver Stadium. A chance for the Michigan State football true freshman to get experience against Penn State. “They were loud, that game was crazy,” Gillison said Thursday. “You could barely hear the quarterback say the cadence on the field. But that’s what every little kid dreams of, just playing college football in being out in front of thousands of fans.”

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Don’t expect a full unveiling of a new playbook or scheme during the annual Green and White game that kicks off at 2 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. Not in an exhibition scrimmage.“Any spring, it’s gonna be vanilla,” quarterback Brian Lewerke said this week. “But especially when you got a new guy in there, I think, it’s gonna be pretty basic stuff.”

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“I heard it pop,” Willekes recalled on Thursday as Michigan State’s spring workouts winded down. Willekes, the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year last season, who had started to hear his name crop up in NFL Draft discussion, knew at that moment where he would be in 2019. “I knew immediately I was coming back,” Willekes said.

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Saturday’s spring game will be the first time the public gets a glimpse of what is different going into the Aug. 30 season opener against Tulsa. While many of the offensive adjustments likely won’t be revealed until then, there is plenty to keep an eye on when the languishing MSU offense faces its dominant returning defense at 2 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.

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“We’ve got seven guys or eight guys that are running tailback,” Salem said, “so we’re trying to rep them all to figure out who fits. For them, just to get better with their steps, their vision, and making plays with the football.”

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Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Mike Tressel and offensive coordinator/running backs coach Brad Salem met with the media following Tuesday’s practice to talk about how the Spartans have looked so far this spring.

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The Michigan State football team was planning on having its second spring scrimmage last Saturday morning. Instead, at around the same time they would have been in Spartan Stadium, about 20 members of the program were on a bus heading more than 600 miles to Minneapolis.

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A school-record six Spartans – Chase Gianacakos, Collin Lucas, Grayson Miller, Matt Morrissey, Matt Sokol and Khari Willis – have been named to the 2019 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF and College Football Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday.

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The Michigan State football team is in the final week of spring practice as the Spartans prepare for the annual Green-White spring game, presented by McLaren Health Plan, on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.

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After one of the worst offensive seasons in program history, there’s one aspect most observers will be focusing on when Michigan State plays in its annual spring game on Saturday. With a new coordinator, the Spartans’ offense will be under plenty of scrutiny, something that won’t end after the Green and White game.

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Dantonio said Tuesday he has yet to determine whether the Spartans will draft teams and split up the roster, as they have done for much of his tenure, or continue to use the offense vs. defense, first string vs. second string approach he has used the past two years.

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A miserable performance by Michigan State’s offense last year led to changes. Coach Mark Dantonio reshuffled his entire offensive staff with Brad Salem taking over as coordinator. The Spartans will give fans a glimpse of the 2019 team in Saturday’s spring game and Dantonio expects the changes to stand out.“I think you’re going to see some things,” Dantonio said before practice on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re not going to just go out there and just bag everything we’ve been doing all spring.”

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