EAST LANSING — The offense as a whole may still be trying to cure their struggles, but Mark Staten has been impressed with the way Michigan State’s offensive line has performed.
The Spartan offensive line coach thought the lines’ performance against Notre Dame was one of the best in some time at MSU.
“They’re playing well,” Staten said Wednesday afternoon. “We continue to be able to mix guys in there. We had eight different guys able to contribute against Notre Dame which is good.
“We played offensive-line speaking the best in a lot of years, even with the loss happening. I would have given all that up for the ‘W.’ But it’s important we continue to jell, continue to get guys in there and feel good about things.”
The Spartans have used several different combinations on the offensive line through the first four games of the season with Jack Allen and Travis Jackson missing time and Fou Fonoti being limited. Staten said the different combinations is something MSU will continue to use going forward.
“I’m going to keep doing because like anything, you keep getting something different at you by the time you figure it out,then you’ve got something else to figure out,” Staten said. “Every offensive lineman like every defensive lineman and linebacker, et cetera, they all have their own nuances to their game, positive and negative. If you don’t allow a defensive front or a defensive lineman or linebackers to figure that out, by the time they get it figured out then you’ve got the next guy in there.”
Senior captain Blake Treadwell has started every game this season at left guard and been one of the fixtures on the playing on the line so far this season for the Spartans. Staten believes the East Lansing High School grad is playing his best football.
“(Blake) is playing real explosive football,” Staten said. “He’s put a lot of time in. He’s turned into a tremendous leader for us, and he’s one of the top leaders on the offense I would say. He’s just a tough, gritty, grinder. He just gets so much joy and thrill out of just smashing people.”