It will be Senior Day at Memorial Stadium on Saturday as the Huskers host Michigan State. The Huskers have won three of their last four contests and Michigan State is coming off of a 26-6 loss to a top 10 rated Ohio State team. For Michigan State, they have been struggling so bouncing back is key and for Nebraska, for any shot at a postseason bowl game, they need to keep winning.
The Spartans are only producing about 352 yards per game. For Michigan State, the quarterback position has been a question mark for the Spartans. The leading passer is junior Brian Lewerke as he has 1,868 yards, eight touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Redshirt freshman Rocky Lombardi has also been getting more time behind center as he has 419 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. As if right now it is unclear who will get the start.
At running back with the injury to LJ Scott, and his decision to redshirt, sophomore running back Connor Heyward will see the majority of the carries. This season he is at 359 yards, and five scores on the ground. The go-to receiver for the Spartans is senior Felton Davis III. Davis III has 31 catches for 474 yards and four touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, Michigan state allows just 327.3 yards per game. Linebacker Andrew Dowell leads the way. The senior linebacker has 75 tackles and three sacks. Also, junior Joe Bachie has 73 tackles from his linebacker position as well.
Nebraska continues their great offensive output by producing 482 yards per game. Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez has season totals of 2,212 yards, 15 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He will face a tough defense this week and will have to make good decisions.
Senior Devine Ozigbo is just 42 yards away from the 1,000-yard mark for the season. The Spartans are only allowing 118.4 yards per game on the ground this season so it will be a tough feat for Ozigbo. On the receiving end of things, senior Stanley Morgan has 59 catches, 856 yards, and seven touchdowns. Sophomore JD Spielman is not far behind in yardage as well with 66 catches, 818 yards, and eight touchdowns. There’s an opportunity for the Huskers to have a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers this season.
For the Husker defense, the struggles continue, but for them, they will not face a very dynamic offense. With that being said, the Blackshirts will need to contain the run and limit big plays. The number one item for Nebraska’s defense is to force third and long and convert on the third and long situations. The linebacking core of seniors Dedrick Young, Luke Gifford, junior Mohammed Barry, and sophomore JoJo Domann to make plays in the run game. Barry is just 14 tackles away from 100 on the season.
The Huskers and Spartans will kick off at 11 A.M. with pre game starting at 8 A.M. on KRVN, Nebraska’s longest running affiliate.