September 11, 2010 by staff
Msu Football, Who will lead MSU in rushing this season?• Joe Rexrode: I feel very confident in saying Edwin Baker. Throughout the camp, he was the forgotten man. Even on the day that explodes for 117 yards and it looks great, is overshadowed by Le’Veon Bell – which is understandable, but will not be the case throughout the season. I say Baker is about 1,000 and is ahead.
• Barry Kiel: Baker and Bell both looked good on Saturday, but Larry Caper was the No. 1 guy most of last season for a reason. He is bigger and more physical than Baker and I think, ultimately, is going to be more durable. And as a freshman, Bell will still have its ups and downs. Assuming you do not miss more time with his injury, I will take Caper.
• JR: Wow, taking the type already a week late and cannot be full go this week. I respect your conviction, if not their math skills. I could see Bell this season outrushing Caper, Caper was because the starter can and has the years of experience in it. But if you look at last season, I do not think there’s any doubt Baker was second MSU’s most explosive in recent weeks.
• BK: MSU coaches have raved about the improvement of both Caper and Baker throughout the spring and summer. I think we will see a more explosive when Caper is back in the lineup, and I think it will take the blows in the course of the season better. And remember, pass blocking is a huge part of the functions for MSU tails – and Baker is clearly the least effective of the three in that area. That will affect his playing time.
• JR: Well, that may be the “book” at him, but I saw him take two Blitzers out at once on Saturday. Pass blocking may be an underestimated aspect of the position. It may be an exaggeration, too. They are playing with the ball, and Baker has the ability to home run the other two do not have. The other two are similar in some respects, while it is Baker ability is unique and, frankly, not very different from Javon Ringer.
• BK: I agree, Baker is a nice gun and has a place in this offense, but has some weaknesses, too. It was clear that was not effective in last year short-yardage and goal situations, and this team desperately needs. Caper has some of the ability to run, however, can still hit the occasional homer, too. Run game against Michigan Caper winner last season was a perfect example. Both are good, but Caper is better all-around.
• JR: You said Caper, say Baker. Therefore, it should be obvious to lead MSU in rushing this season. Le’Veon Bell.
• BK: Absolutely. It will be interesting to see how to split carries when the three boys are healthy. Time to go to the fork. Maybe Mark Dantonio has some Barry Switzer it
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