Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio heaped praise on the Nebraska offense Tuesday during the Big Ten teleconference, and said the Spartans are bracing to see “as good a skill group as we’ve played against” when the Huskers visit Spartan Stadium on Saturday.
“They’re a tough football team to defend,” Dantonio said. “No. 1 in scoring offense and rushing offense and total offense (in the Big Ten), and I don’t think you get there by accident.”
Nebraska will bring a team to East Lansing that is scoring 39.2 points a game and averaging 489.1 total yards and 264.1 rushing yards a game. The Spartans will counter with a defense that paces the Big Ten in scoring defense (15.0) as well as total defense (267.4) and rushing defense (91.2).
Dantonio called NU receiver Kenny Bell a “dynamic player” and tight end Kyler Reed a “mismatch player.” The Husker receiving corps overall creates problems, he said.
“Some of those other guys that they’ve got are big, physical guys that catch the ball very efficiently and can go down the field with it,” Dantonio said.
Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Jamal Turner and the rest of the Husker wideouts, meanwhile, will be going against one of the best cornerback tandems in the Big Ten with Johnny Adams and Darqueze Dennard.
NU coach Bo Pelini said Adams and Dennard, the cousin of former NU cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, play with good technique and compete for the ball.
“I like our receivers,” Pelini said. “I think they’re really good players, and they’re going to be challenged. Those guys get up in your face and play hard. Like a lot of other matchups, it’s going to be one of the ones we want to win.”