Michigan State Football: 5 Takeaways From Week 1 Victory

5 Takeaways From Michigan State Football's Week 1 Win

Michigan State Football Week 1 Win Takeaways
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Michigan State's 45-7 victory over FCS opponent Jacksonville State won't have much significance with voters or the majority of college football fans, but the Week 1 win did go a long way in answering a few important questions in East Lansing. With a massive opportunity looming in Week 2 at Oregon, MSU needed more than just a win from their opener with the Gamecocks. Here are five things we learned about the Spartans.

5. The MSU Offense is Going to be Explosive

Michigan State Football Offense Week 1 Win Takeaways
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5. The MSU Offense is Going to be Explosive

Michigan State Football Offense Week 1 Win Takeaways
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What a difference a year makes. Connor Cook gave the MSU faithful a scare when he took a shot to his knee on the opening drive, but delivered all the blows from there on out, tossing for three touchdowns and 285 yards in just one half. Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill ran with relative ease, the offensive line kept the Gamecocks on their heels and the receivers showed MSU is going to have plenty of offensive balance. Big Ten defenses should be wary.

4. The Spartans Have an Excess of Talented Receivers

Michigan State Football Receivers Week 1 Win Takeaways
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4. The Spartans Have an Excess of Talented Receivers

Michigan State Football Receivers Week 1 Win Takeaways
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Speaking of the offense, the Spartans surely have an embarrassment of riches in the passing game. Michigan State returned 15 of the 16 players who caught a pass last season and more than a handful of them are going to be, well, a handful in 2014. Tony Lippett torched the Gamecocks with two long touchdowns and AJ Troup grabbed another, but there are more than a few others who will make an impact due to the variety of pass-catchers at MSU.

3. Taiwan Jones is the Right Man in the Middle

Michigan State Football Taiwan Jones Week 1 Win Takeaways
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3. Taiwan Jones is the Right Man in the Middle

Michigan State Football Taiwan Jones Week 1 Win Takeaways
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Taiwan Jones was an integral part of the Spartans' linebacking group in 2013, but there were lingering doubts heading into Week 1 if the coaches' decision to move him to middle linebacker was for the best. After his first start in Max Bullough's shadow, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound senior has proved he can make the calls as the leader of the unit. A much stiffer opponent lurks in Week 2, but for now, the transition appears to be going smoothly.

2. Ed Davis is Going to Have a Monster Year Rushing the Passer

Michigan State Football Ed Davis Week 1 Win Takeaways
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2. Ed Davis is Going to Have a Monster Year Rushing the Passer

Michigan State Football Ed Davis Week 1 Win Takeaways
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Davis showed flashes of his potential last season as a sophomore — most notably with his 2.5 sacks against Michigan — but a full campaign as a starting linebacker should afford the Detroit native the chance for a double-digit sack total in 2014. After hurdling a Gamecocks lineman to down JSU QB Eli Jenkins in highlight-worthy fashion, Davis effectively put opposing quarterbacks on notice for the rest of the season.

1. Nick Hill Could Have a Significant Role in the Running Game

Michigan State Football Nick Hill Week 1 Win Takeaways
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1. Nick Hill Could Have a Significant Role in the Running Game

Michigan State Football Nick Hill Week 1 Win Takeaways
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WIth a few talented underclassmen pushing him for playing time, senior Nick Hill proved he is more than capable of being the Spartans' second running back in 2014 after rushing for 42 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in Week 1. MSU coaches have stated that they wish to take a significant portion of the load off Jeremy Langford's back this year, meaning Hill could play a significant role in the offense as a change-of-pace back.

Michael Briggs is a Big 10 Writer for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter or Google Plus.

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