Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Injuries updates, notes from Gill, Roushar

--We know why the tight ends haven't been a big part of the offense now. Dion Sims has been dealing with a broken wrist, Brian Linthicum has been hurt and Garrett Celek suffered a concussion against Wisconsin, Dan Roushar revealed Wednesday.

--Ted Gill thinks Iowa woke up after the Minnesota loss in terms of offensive scheming and they're operating at a high level on offense.

--Roushar said the inability to run this year has been because the team isn't as physical as last season, speaking mostly about the offensive line.

--Roushar isn't worried as much about Cousins trying to force something as much as he's worried about him being tentative at Iowa.

--After a poor week of practice heading into the Minnesota game, Roushar said practices have been much better this week.

--Bennie Fowler is still dealing with the foot injury, but is making good plays in practice.

--Edwin Baker didn't respond well after his fumble Saturday, Roushar said. Roushar talked about putting individual play ahead of the team, so it sounds like there might have been an issue there. Remember, Baker set a goal of 2,000 yards for this season and he won't be getting there.

--There was a lot of love for the scout teams. Roushar said it is the best scout team defense he's seen at MSU. Some players who have stuck out on the scout teams have been Donovan Clark, Paul Lang, Lawrence Thomas (who is back practicing obviously) and Shilique Calhoun, who Roushar said will be as good a d-end as MSU has had. That's high praise.

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