Getting out of the coaches’ doghouse can be a difficult task to accomplish, for even the most talented player. Once inside, some guys are forgotten, never to be seen again.
Michigan State Spartans’ wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett is one of these guys.
Arnett transferred from Tennessee to Michigan State last season, hoping to make an impact for the Spartans right away, but things didn’t happen the way he planned. Instead of transferring to MSU and getting on the field, he found himself in head coach Mark Dantonio’s doghouse. Arnett played in only seven games for the Spartans in 2012, catching three passes for 69 yards.
The wide receiver has called last year “humbling,” relating the experience to when he was just a freshman at Saginaw High School (Mich).
Now heading into his junior year, he deserves a shot. Dantonio needs to air out whatever problems they have and let the kid play football. Arnett is a great route-runner with 4.5 speed, making him a home run threat that the Spartans clearly lacked in 2012.
Arnett only had three receptions, but one of them went for 48 yards: the longest pass play of the year for Michigan State.
The wide receiving corps was lackluster at best last season, dropping a lot of easy balls and showing minimal playmaking ability. I like Aaron Burbridge and Keith Mumphery, but Bennie Fowler and Tony Lippett are inferior players compared to Arnett.
His talents do the Spartans no good when he’s sitting on the bench. Give the kid a chance to play and he might surprise you, coach Dantonio.
The way the passing game went a year ago, the time is now to try something new. Maybe Arnett can be that shot in the arm the Spartans so desperately need.
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