Michigan State senior CB Darqueze Dennard showed again Saturday that he's everything a team wants in a corner.
Dennard had a team-high nine tackles and made his fourth interception of the season in the Spartans' 30-6 win, which secured the Big Ten Legends Division title. He's smooth in his pedal and can turn and run with receivers. He tackles well and has excellent ball skills.
I've heard chatter that some think he's as good a corner as they've seen since Deion Sanders. I'm not co-signing on to the Primetime comparison, but I think he's very good and has the potential to be terrific at the next level.
The Michigan State defense is loaded with stars, and Dennard wasn't the only one who shined Saturday. The more I see of MLB Max Bullough, the more I like him. He's a very smart player, but he's not just a thinking-man's middle linebacker. He's a quintessential middle linebacker. He sets up the defense before the snap, and he'll make the plays, too. He strikes people in the running game. Bullough treats the game not just as a physical encounter but as a mental exercise every week.
MSU RB settling in
The defense has carried Michigan State for much of the season, but some offensive players caught my eye Saturday, too. Jeremy Langford has really settled in at running back after bouncing from defensive back to wide receiver before landing in the Spartans' offensive backfield last season. He rushed for a game-high 150 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries against the Wildcats. He's an intelligent runner with good vision and will drop his shoulder to finish off a run. He shows good wiggle in the open field. Spartans guard Blake Treadwell has a similar back story, switching from the defensive line to play offense, and his movement skills and power -- he packs a punch -- were impressive to watch Saturday.
QB to watch
It was a disappointing day for Northwestern, which has one more chance next week vs. Illinois to avoid going winless in league play this season. Despite his struggles Saturday, junior QB Trevor Siemian, who was picked off twice by the Spartans, intrigues me as we look ahead to next season. I'm looking forward to seeing him get a chance to be the full-time quarterback in 2014 after senior QB Kain Colter has moved on. He has plenty of arm talent. I've been watching him since his high school days in Windermere, Fla., and it has been fun to watch his progress.
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