Michigan State ranks 11th in the Big Ten in scoring offense this season.
The team has struggled to score touchdowns this season, and has just two in their last home games – both losses (one against Iowa, one against Ohio State).
And MSU quarterbacks coach Dave Warner stressed Wednesday he and the coaching staff aren’t happy with how things have gone.
“Again, our expectations in this football season were we’d knew we’d have a good defense and they’ve played well,” Warner said Wednesday. “Offensively we knew we’d be young but we thought we would be able to make progress through the first couple of games and be able to gain some confidence and settle in and sort of hang our hat on some things offensively and that hasn’t happened. We’re unproven yet. We’re still trying to find that magic formula.”
Warner did say he’s seen Maxwell and the receivers grow but made it clear this is not where they expected to be at this point in the season.
“It’s a process. I see it getting better,” Warner said. “It’s certainly got a long way to go. We’re juggling some guys around there and still trying to find out our top guys on a consistent basis just that you can go with throughout the course of the game. But I see progress, but in the middle of the season you’d like to see more progress. It’s not just the receivers. It’s the offense and that includes us as coaches.”
MSU defensive coordinator said Tony Lippett and freshman safety Demetrious Cox are simulating Michigan QB Denard Robinson in practice this week.
He said they will defend Robinson a little differently.
“He’s throwing the ball a little bit underneath,” Narduzzi said. “I don’t know if you can blitz him as much because he’s going underneath and getting it out a little quicker. So there’s some things you’ve got to worry about.”
Speaking of stopping Denard, the Spartans have been better at doing it than most others. Narduzzi was very non descript about that success stopping him Wednesday, saying they’ve just played defense.
On the hockey front, Solari writes that MSU learned from its losses to top-ranked Minnesota last weekend.