Next game: at No. 22 Florida (4-2, 2-2), Saturday, 6 p.m., ESPNU (Clay Matvick, Herm Edwards and Chris Spielman)
One of the topics covered in today’s MSU football notebook is the offensive line, which took a blow last week when senior center J.C. Brignone went down with a sprained knee. With the third-year starter unable to practice before Thursday – and it’s no guarantee he’ll be ready for action by then – the Bulldogs are having to shuffle things a bit up front.
Quentin Saulsberry is at center now, while Tobias Smith takes over at right guard. Line coach John Hevesy doesn’t want to make things too complicated, though.
“Continuity is everything,” he said. “To me, I’m not into playing 100 different guys, because they’ve got to get reps, and you talk about practices, they’ve just got to get reps. J.C.’s got to get reps with Tobias, and Addison (Lawrence has) got to get reps with those guys.
“Everything’s a little different. It’s a little bit different. You’re used to a routine, here’s how I’ve got a feel for how guys do things. All of a sudden you start stuffing guys in there.”
Smith, who was beat out by Gabe Jackson for a starting spot this preseason, slides from left guard to right guard. Is Hevesy concerned about his endurance?
“I’m just gonna run him to death this week,” he said with a wide grin. “No, Tobias loves to play. … He’s on scholarship like the rest of them. He’s got to pay his dues, and you’ve got to punch him in, play 70 plays, 90 plays, 10 plays, whatever we need him to play, he’s got to play.”
Hevesy said that upon watching film, he saw only one or two errors and one miscommunication among the linemen after Brignone left. He was pretty pleased with how his players adjusted.
• ON THE GATOR LINKS: Florida QB John Brantley and center Mike Pouncey say offensive coordinator Steve Addazio is doing just fine calling plays. … Head coach Urban Meyer expressed confidence in Addazio, too. … Chris Rainey has been reinstated to the team, according to Rivals. But it’s from a single anonymous source. … Some injury updates on Jeff Demps and others. … Brantley has had to play through some injuries.