Lewerke and Receivers Are In Sync, Ready For Big Season

Lewerke and Receivers Are In Sync, Ready For Big Season

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Lewerke and Receivers Are In Sync, Ready For Big Season

We’ve looked at how the ground attack needs to improve and how the secondary must tighten up. With some of our whining out of the way following the 38-31 season opening win, it’s time to look at some positives for the Spartans.

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If Brian Lewerke throws another pick-six at any point of the 2018 season, I vow to stand at the bar at Beggar’s Banquet on the night of Wednesday, December 19th and purchase, for all comers, a serving of the Green & Whitefish Pate sandwich.

I’ll arrive at the joint at 7p et sharp and will stay until close and purchases of the sandwich will accompany chit chat and frivolity to the extent desired.

If Brian Lewerke sort of flicks the ball in an awkward attempt to feign a forward pass but accidentally doesn’t extend his arm enough to demonstrate anything close to a forward passing motion and, instead of his intention, he fumbles the ball and the opponent recovers the football another time at any point in the 2018 season, I vow to stand at the bar of Crunchy’s and purchase a bucket of beer for all comers on the night of Thursday, December 20th.

The Crunchy’s schedule and general itinerary will mimic that of the prior night’s hypothetical Beggar’s Banquet lineup.

All Spartans should do exactly what the savvy leader of the Michigan State squad has done with regard to those two gaffes from Friday night’s season opening win over Utah State – turn the page, forget about that nonsense, don’t give either play another thought since there is zero reason to worry about that sort of stuff happening for the next few months.

With that out of the way, how about this –

Brian Lewerke and his gang of receivers showed us some stuff on Friday night.

By now, we’ve all come to get our heads around the fact that the game was far too tight, the sloppiness on the part of the Spartans was far too sloppy, and the general vibe of the performance was far too crummy.

But there are specifics that look pretty good on a piece of paper.

Lewerke finished the night with these numbers:

23 for 33 for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns and that pick-six.

After Utah State took that 31-30 lead with just a tad more than five minutes to play, did you really, honestly, for real think that Lewerke would NOT lead the Spartans down the field and deliver the victory for Michigan State?

Did you really, honestly, for real think that Felton Davis would NOT do something to make sure the Spartans were in position to win the thing?

Did you really, honestly, for real have doubts about the ability of the junior captain quarterback and his receiving corps to calmly, cooly, and effectively find the ways to win the game?

On the game-winning drive, Lewerke completed five passes on five attempts.

That’s a 100% completion percentage on a drive that had the potential to put a very wet damper on things if the drive didn’t result in a score of some kind.

On those five passes, Lewerke connected with Darrell Stewart, LJ Scott, Cody White, and Felton Davis.

On 3rd and 2 from the Spartan 33 yard line, Lewerke hooked up with White for a 12-yard gainer that seemed to immediately let everyone in Spartan Stadium know everything was going to be just fine.

Did the 31-yard pass and catch between Lewerke and Felton Davis surprise anyone in Green & White?

There were plenty of other great moments that Lewerke had with his cabal of receivers who, collectively, form one of the most versatile, most experienced, and most dependable band of receivers in the Big Ten and beyond.

With one game under everyone’s belts and a game-winning drive that will pay dividends all season long, Spartan fans have every reason to think that Brian Lewerke and this group will be hard to shut down all season long.

And even if Lewerke doesn’t throw another pick-six and doesn’t do that weird thing where he sort of tries to attempt a pass to avoid a sack but instead of it being a weird failed “pass attempt,” it results in a fumble and the opponent recovers the ball, I’ll still be happy to meet anyone at Beggar’s Banquet on the night of Wednesday, December 19th and Crunchy’s on the night of Thursday, December 20th.

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