October 26, 2011

Establishing the run a point of emphasis vs Nebraska

EAST LANSING - Michigan State's rushing offense ranks dead last in the Big Ten with an average of 138 yards per game.

The Spartans have gained more than 200 yards in a game just once this season and that was coming off the bye week against Michigan.

Twelve months ago, the Spartan ground attack had eclipsed the 200-yard mark on the ground in five of the first seven games.

Numbers might be down, but that does not mean that Michigan State's ground game is lifeless and not improving. And it Certainly does not mean the Spartans will place less emphasis on running the football during the second half of the 2011 season.

"We just have to continue to go forward," said Michigan State running backs coach Brad Salem. "I think you have seen improvement each week and I think that is what you have to do as a football team."

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