In today’s Michigan State game, we met (digitally) Ryan Oblenes From The Only Colors to a discussion of all things perfect.
BSD: “Just this week it was announced that Mel Tucker has signed a 10-year, $95 million extension to remain in Michigan. I imagine most East Lansing residents are very excited about the news. What is Tucker’s outlook for the next five years in Michigan?”
Ryan: “Yeah, it looks like the majority of the fan base is behind Mel Tucker and what he’s building. Nobody expected this team to be 9-2 at this point, and in pre-season, a lot of pundits wondered if Michigan State would make a football match. Still, “Rebuilding” appears to be ahead of schedule, but the Spartans still have a long way to go, as demonstrated last week in Columbus when Michigan utterly devastated Ohio.
In terms of prospects, Tucker’s new 10-year, $95 million deal certainly speeds up the schedule for what’s expected of him and his show, but most fans realize it’s still practical, and it could be another two years before Michigan. Truly challenging Ohio State for Big Ten East titles, Big Ten conference titles, and College Football Playoff appearances. When Tucker inherited this roster in February 2020, the team had some decent players, but it lacked talent and depth. Tucker and his staff used the transfer gate to their advantage in off last season, cementing some starting positions and adding some key players, but the squad still lacks depth overall – which they will start playing in the past two weeks because of it all. from injuries. But make no mistake about it, if MSU eventually doesn’t rise to the challenge for the championships, then something seriously wrong has gone wrong here. Tucker is an excellent recruiter and plans to use his recruiting prowess and relationship-building skills to bridge the gap between MSU and the other 10 major powers. Tucker is a software creator and is quick about culture in Michigan. The important thing now is to progress every day.
It’s a massive commitment, a huge amount of money – although privately funded – but Tucker seems to be the right man for the job, and Michigan State officers and major donors have recognized it. “
BSD: “Michigan State made a lot of use of the transfer gate in another off season. Do you expect the Spartans to continue relying on the gate, or is this just a necessary thing due to roster turnover during Tucker’s first year?”
Ryan: “Tucker said he mainly wants to build the team through high school hiring, however, the staff will always do what they need to do to improve the roster, and there are likely to be some areas of the roster that need an upgrade at the end of the season – whether deep Or for starters — and that the staff will mark those areas, I don’t think you’ll see quite the madness that happened in the off season last season, with over 20 players moving to Michigan State, and most of them are scholarship holders. But there’s likely to be a couple of extras with graduating. current players or pursuing the NFL or moving on from the program.The staff have done a great job of not only identifying talent in the gate in the last season, but also hiring real team-makers like Kenneth Walker III to actually move to East Lansing, I think that kind of Success would be easy to sell to the future gate and recruits coming from off-season and beyond as well. So expect Michigan State to remain active in the gate, just not as active as it was on its way into the 2021 season.”
BSD: “For the match on Saturday, can we get an injury update on how many players have injuries? How likely are we to see players like Kenneth Walker, Jaden Reed and Jalen Naylor?”
Ryan: “Where do we start? There are a lot of injuries at the moment, and depth has been an issue. Tucker doesn’t like to give updates on players’ conditions, because he doesn’t like giving the opposing team any information, so we’ll see who will actually be available on Saturday. With that, I expect to see Kenneth Walker III play, but he’s not at 100 percent and seems to be dealing with some sort of ankle disease.As I mentioned, the top two wide receivers, Jalen Nailor and Jayden Reed, are both questionable.Reed finished last week’s match against Ohio State is in walking boots and wasn’t available for briefings this week while teammate Trey Mosley, the wide receiver, so I’d be surprised to see Reed active.Naylor was dealing with a hand injury, and was seen in uniform during training this week, but I’m not sure How much time he’s played Garrett Hurst still appears to be far from the team, but Tucker says it’s due to “medical reasons” and it’s not clear what his condition is.
In defense, corner back Charles Brantley is likely to stay out again with a shoulder injury, while several other players are playing in high school, including safety Xavier Henderson who appeared to pick up a shoulder injury last week. Full-back duo Cal Halladay and Cuavares Crouch are also dealing with injuries, Crouch missing some time, while Haldadi has played with a club in his hand. And fellow linebacker Noah Harvey was also shaken last week. Defensive meddling also squandered Simeon Barrow some time and kicker Matt Coughlin was also in and out of the lineup, which affected MSU’s kicking game. There are more injuries, too.
Oh and the state of Michigan may now be dealing with the same flu bug that Pennsylvania is, so there may be more players.”
Michigan State has been hit by flu risk and a rash of injuries and there could be up to 20 players, including 6-8 potential players against Penn State on Saturday, sources said. Tweet embed
– Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 26, 2021
BSD: “If Michigan wins on Saturday, how does that happen? If Michigan loses, why does that happen?”
Ryan: “If Michigan State wins, Kenneth Walker III will likely have a solid game on the floor, which opens up the passing game, particularly in action game, for Payton Thorne and his scattered array of wide receivers this week. 1,000 yards as he’s done so many times this season, and Sean Clifford will likely have some fouls in his passing game. It also means a lot of players have come up and done really well given all the injuries. My prediction in our staff picks article was Michigan State 27, Penn State 23, but that was before the news of the flu bugs, so I’m not sure about that anymore.
If Michigan State loses, it’s because the Spartans can’t move the ball over Penn State’s elite defense. Spartans can’t move Walker either, without any threat of scrolling. Michigan State would probably give the ball away a few times and the defense keep blazing in the air, while applying little or no pressure and giving Clifford all day to throw. Injuries/illness are taking a heavy toll, and MSU simply does not have enough talent in depth to match PSU.”