Mark Dantonio didn’t commit either way to the status of LJ Scott with regard to this Saturday’s game against Central Michigan at Spartan Stadium. Let’s make this simple – rest LJ up and make sure he’s ready to rock when the Big Ten season kicks back into gear.
Let’s forget for the moment that, for some of us, it’s a mystery why LJ Scott doesn’t rush for 250 yards every game.
The young man is a beast and if I had to square up and bring him down as he’s gaining steam on me out on the edge, I’d curl up into the fetal position and pretend I was dead.
For right this moment, however, the reality is this:
LJ Scott opted not to enter the NFL Draft, came back for his senior year, and entered this season with the opportunity to put an exclamation point on a career at Michigan State that’s had very high moments combined with moments of frustration.
LJ seems to have been cured of the condition he had that caused him to cough up the ball a few too many times.
Some of us still maintain that if he didn’t have the ball squirt out and bounce neatly into the hands of a Badger defender who took it all the way to the endzone just as the game was shifting Michigan State’s way that afternoon, the 2016 season would have been a good one.
And some of us maintain right now that the best thing for LJ Scott and this Michigan State team would be for him to keep resting his tweaked ankle so that he can bust out against Northwestern for what is going to be the stretch that will determine the direction of this season for the Spartans.
As hard as it is to look past the obvious inability to get a strong and powerful running game going, let’s acknowledge that the personnel that makes up that running back unit is pretty good.
Connor Heyward has shown signs of being the running back of the future for Michigan State with his ability to ignite a burst and turn upfield with speed and power.
The more comfortable La’Darius Jefferson gets handling the ball in important gameday scenarios, the better he’ll be and the sooner he’ll be better.
And the coaching staff has shown that it has confidence and belief in Weston Bridges.
Against Central Michigan, it really isn’t important to have LJ Scott gain 75 yards and score a touchdown.
What is important is to have a healthy, fiery, and powerful LJ Scott ready to plow over people when the season really kicks in.
Let the fellas get the experience and let the fellas continue to develop this week against the Chips.
This is the perfect situation for them to become even more prepared to come through if needed when the whole thing is on the line.
And if LJ sits still for another week, it isn’t just that his ankle will heal more.
I’d like to think that being away from the action will make him even hungrier to go out there and run through whoever dares to get in his way.
Michigan State needs this guy – and if getting this guy to return means resting the ankle against Central Michigan this week, let him lay down on a bed on a sideline if he needs to…… –