April 19, 2008

Wiley seals win for the Green team with late interception

EAST LANSING - Otis Wiley failed to pick up a first down on a fake punt run attempt late in the fourth quarter for the Green team. But the Spartan senior did clinch a win for the Green team with an interception of a Brian Hoyer pass intended for red-shirt freshman tight end Garrett Celek.

The interception was not Hoyer's fault, but it did seal his team's fate as the Green team ran out the clock on a 23-21 victory.
Wiley nearly returned the interception for a touchdown but was stopped near the goal line.

"It would have been better if I had scored," said Wiley, who also returned kicks and punts for the Green team. "But we won the game. Brian Hoyer tried to tackle me. I hope I drug him with me a little bit. It was all fun and games."

The Green and White Game was a victory for all Spartans involved. With a turnout of around 30,000 fans at Spartan Stadium and a kids clinic that included around 5,000 youngsters before the spring game, Michigan State had an excellent turnout.

"First of all, I thought it was a great day and a great crowd," said Dantonio. "We came out of here healthy so that is positive thing."

Michigan State's three quarterback played strong. Hoyer had a good Green and White game. The senior leader threw for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns on 13 of 22 passing.
Kirk Cousins and Nick Foles also played well. Cousins completed 12 of his 19 pass attempts for 196 yards with one touchdown. Foles was 9 of 12 passing for 96 yards with the White Team. He finished with a total of 102 yards passing on the day.

Foles said he enjoyed playing in front of a large spring crowd.

"It was a lot of fun being out there in a game situation in front of a crowd." Said Foles. "This crowd was great. I got to see what things I need to work on. I saw a lot of good things out of our team."

Foles, who was sacked twice, says he needs to make faster reads and he needs to anticipate blitzes better.

"There were some times when I felt really comfortable," said Foles. "There were also some times when I felt really frustrated. Overall, I have a lot to work on and I am looking forward to this summer."

All three of Michigan State's quarterbacks developed more confidence in their receivers. Mark Dell and BJ Cunningham played well in starting roles for the Green and White teams respectively.

Dell finished with 6 receptions for 120 yards. Cunningham finished with 6 catches for 97 yards and one touchdown.
"Our wide receivers were killing out there," said Cunningham. "Devin Thomas was a big

Each team expected big things from their star receivers. But few on the green team could have expected the day turned in by red-shirt freshman Chris D. Rucker, who caught a pair of touchdown passes and finished with three catches for 90 yards. Blair White finished with 86 yards receiving on 4 catches including a 58-yard reception that set up the Green team's game-winning field goal, a 31-yard attempt by Matt Haughey.

Haughey kicked 3 field goals on the day and was successful on each try. He made kicks of 21, 42, 31 respectively.

Greg Jones led the Green Team in tackles with 6 from his spot at inside linebacker. Afterward Jones said he enjoyed playing in the middle but did not have a preference for inside or outside linebacker. Jones earned freshman All-American honors by leading all Big Ten freshman in tackles from his spot at Sam linebacker.

Converted running back Brandon Denson finished second to Jones in tackles with 5 for the Green Team. Eric Gordon led the White team with 11 tackles and two tackles for loss. Roderick Jenrette recorded 7 tackles.

Brandon Long finished the spring strong with a four-tackle day that included two sacks. Trevor Anderson also recorded four tackles.


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