Thursday, April 12, 2012
Notes from Michigan State
By Brian Bennett
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- I'll have much more from Michigan State in the days and weeks to come, but here are a few notes of interest:
- Wide receiver Tony Lippett suffered an ankle injury and "could be out for a while," offensive coordinator Dan Roushar said. Roushar said Lippett had been playing very well and losing him hurts a very inexperienced group.
- The Spartans moved Jeremy Langford from running back to wideout earlier this week to give him a look. "On his first day, he was pretty darn productive," Roushar said. "We were impressed with him."
- Coaches have singled out linebacker Darien Harris, defensive end Joel Heath and center Jack Allen as young players who are emerging. Harris is playing with the first team at linebacker with starter Chris Norman out this spring with an injury. Head coach Mark Dantonio called him "one of the exciting surprises of the spring." Heath is backing up William Gholston and is impressive looking at 6-foot-6, 277 pounds. Allen is a redshirt freshman who's pushing for time at center and at guard.
- Defensive end Shilique Calhoun drew some advance praise to start the spring based on his work with the scout team last year. But defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said he told Calhoun he's been disappointed with his play this spring and hopes he isn't just a scout-team wonder. Narduzzi hopes that will motivate Calhoun, who's very athletic.
- Lead tailback Le'Veon Bell is up to 242 pounds, Roushar said. Tackling him in the open field won't be fun.
- Dantonio said the petition for DeAnthony Arnett to become immediately eligible has been sent to the NCAA. The Spartans are hopeful they'll get a ruling on the Tennessee transfer by the end of the month. Dantonio said Arnett still needs to be viewed like a freshman since this is his first spring ball.
- Narduzzi said Kurtis Drummond has a solid lead on redshirt freshman RJ Williamson in the battle to replace Trenton Robinson at safety. Narduzzi described Williamson's inexperience as someone "eating baby food right now who's not ready for whole food."