- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Many of us wondered why wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett didn't see the field more in Michigan State's season-opening win against Boise State. The Spartans weren't doing much in the pass game, and Arnett, a transfer from Tennessee who recorded 24 receptions as a freshman last season, seemed like a sensible option.
Arnett saw the field a bit more Saturday against Central Michigan and recorded a 48-yard reception in Michigan State's 41-7 win. But the question of playing time came up following the game, and again Monday on Arnett's Twitter page.
Arnett took to Twitter -- where else? -- to defend himself against what he believed to be media miscasting following the CMU contest.
Here are some of his tweets (@DeAnthonyArnett) from Monday morning:
"Wow All these miss leading tittles & quotes from you guys is just a shame. Trying to make me out to be a bad apple! That's not my character"
"Anyone will tell you that I'm the most happiest person on the planet right now! To even be playing! NCAA could have easily denied me"
"Theres guys that have been here for 3 & 4 yrs @ my position waiting for there opportunity. I'm learning from them! It's there time to shine"
"I'm not frustrated about anything at all. It'll come! I've only been here 8 months."
Here's what Arnett told the Detroit Free Press after Saturday's game:
"It was definitely frustrating not playing last week. I felt like I could have helped the team a lot. We were struggling a little bit, and like I said, all I can do is continue to keep guys' heads up and give them positive advice. I know the offense. The word has been I don't know the terminology, but that's not true."
Arnett seems to be irked by a story in The State News, Michigan State's student newspaper, headlined: "Arnett frustrated with playing time against CMU." He's quoted in the story as saying, "I'm not used to sitting on the bench … but all I can do is try to help those guys. It's been real frustrating, knowing that I know the offense, I know everything, [and] I should be playing."
Quotes can be wrong and can be taken out of context, but this seems to spell it out pretty clearly. Is there some degree of frustration with Arnett? Looks like it. But it also doesn't seem overwhelming or overly detrimental to the team.
If anything, Arnett appears more upset by the perception that he doesn't know the Spartans' offense well enough.
Arnett also tweeted Monday that he's done talking to the media and will only do interviews if asked by his coaches. Guess we'll have to keep following him on Twitter, where the Spartans have provided plenty of entertainment so far this season.
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