With #11 Michigan State set to kick off the 2018 season on Friday night when the Spartans play host to Utah State, junior quarterback Brian Lewerke spoke with the media about the team’s excitement level to begin the season, as well as what he expects to see out of the Aggies defense in week one.
From seeing Utah State on film, Lewerke said that while the Aggies aren’t a typically big team from a physical standpoint, he did notice that they have very good team speed and likes to get after the quarterback.
“They like to move a lot,” he said. “They’re a quick defense that likes to blitz, they don’t have a ton of big guys in their Nickel. They play a 4-2-5, so they go Nickel almost all of the time, so the SAM backer isn’t as big of a linebacker as you would expect, but they’re a very quick defense that likes to do a lot of different things.”
Throughout the time he has spent watching film leading up to Friday’s game, Lewerke said that one aspect about the Utah State defense that stands out most to him is its ability to disguise coverages and blitz packages throughout the game.
“Me and Rocky, we were watching film and they do a good job of running different coverages against the same formation and from the same looks that they give,” he said. “They disguise well, they’ll roll safeties a lot and they’ll bring blitzes. They do a lot of different things, maybe play zone and it looks like man, so I think they’re very good at that.”
Considering the unique skill set that Lewerke possesses as a dual-threat quarterback, he has seen his fair share of disguised defenses as the Spartans’ starting quarterback, which should have him well prepared on Friday.
For Lewerke, he told reporters that the key for him on Friday is simply staying calm and understanding what packages and coverages he saw from the Aggies on film.
“Just staying calm,” he said. “Watching film, making sure I can get some keys, from what they’re going to run.”
But after eight months since Michigan State’s Holiday Bowl win over Washington State and weeks of practice this fall, it’s no secret that the Spartans are ready for the season to begin.
“I’m very excited to get this new season underway and continue to work on what we ended with last year,” he said. “I’m very excited.”
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