“Check out the media’s reaction to Mel Tucker’s unreal start in just his second year with Michigan State and Kenneth Walker’s Heisman Trophy chances below”.
Michigan State football:
• bowl eligible
• 11th ranked team in the country
• legitimate Heisman candidate in Kenneth Walker III
Not bad for Mel Tucker’s second season at MSU. pic.twitter.com/r3ALir6A6l
— Kelly (@k_dunbar9) October 9, 2021
Michigan State will likely be ranked inside the top ten when tomorrow’s Week 7 AP Poll is released. Their toughest remaining games on the schedule include No. 9 Michigan, No. 7 Ohio State, and No. 4 Penn State.
6-0 and at a point where you’re winning a road game with some stuff to clean up … pretty damn good stuff from Mel Tucker. https://t.co/QqKPC1FGBG
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 9, 2021
The Spartans entered today’s game as a 4.5 point favorite and easily covered the spread. They had two turnovers in the game to Rutgers’ one but outgained the Scarlet Knights 588 yards to 377 yards.
Michigan State is the first Power 5 team to become bowl eligible in 2021
— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) October 9, 2021
Michigan State is already bowl eligible with six wins on the season, the first team to reach the milestone. The last time Michigan State had at least six wins in a full season was 2019 when the Spartans finished 7-6. The last time they had a double-digit win season was in 2017, finishing 10-3.
It’s pretty wild what Mel Tucker is doing at Michigan State. Either he’s *really* good at all this, or that cupboard in Lansing wasn’t as bare as we all thought… https://t.co/dYQJbbGLY1
— Andrew G. Haubner (@A_G_Haubner) October 9, 2021
One of the biggest reasons for Tucker’s success in year two was the Spartans landing running back Kenneth Walker III in the transfer portal. Walker is considered a Heisman Trophy candidate through six weeks of the season after spending the last two years at Wake Forest.
Assuming a win at IU next week, Michigan State should be 7-0 heading into Michigan game. Spartans had four TDs today of at least 60 yards. They have five of those on the season, tied with … Michigan for second in the FBS.
— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) October 9, 2021
One of the biggest storylines in today’s game was the big plays made by Michigan State’s offense. The Spartans had touchdowns of 63 yards, 63 yards, 65 yards, and 94 yards. Three of them were passing touchdowns from Payton Thorne to Jalen Nailor while one was a rush from Kenneth Walker III
Michigan State is the fifth team in FBS history to have a 300-yard passer, a 200-yard rusher and a 200-yard receiver in the same game.
Payton Thorne: 16-of-27, 339 yards, 3 TDs
Kenneth Walker III: 29 rushes for 233 yards and a TD
Jalen Nailor: 5 catches for 221 yards and 3 TDs
— Colton Pouncy (@colton_pouncy) October 9, 2021
Michigan State’s offense put up historic numbers Saturday, becoming the fifth team ever to have a 300-yard passer, a 200-yard rusher and a 200-yard receiver in the same game.
HE WOULD NOT BE STOPPED!
Kenneth Walker III with a 94-yard TD run, the longest play from scrimmage in Michigan State football history ?? pic.twitter.com/VAIfOa6bUw
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 9, 2021
Walker’s 94-yard touchdown rush was a school record for the longest play from scrimmage. He entered as the nation’s leading rushed and added another 233 yards to his total on the season.
Kenneth Walker and Jalen Nailor dap up mid-touchdown. Iconic. pic.twitter.com/3po3pWR8g0
— Ian Kress (@ian_kress) October 9, 2021
Midway through Walker’s long touchdown rush, he dapped up wide receiver Jalen Nailor. The speedy wideout finished the game with five catches for 221 yards and three scores, breaking Larry Fitzgerald’s record for most receiving yards at Rutgers’ stadium.
|Annual salary||$5.5 million|
|Born||January 4, 1972
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1997–1998||Michigan State (GA)|
|1999||Miami (OH) (DB)|
|2001–2003||Ohio State (DB)|
|2004||Ohio State (co-DC)|
|2005–2007||Cleveland Browns (DB)|
|2008||Cleveland Browns (DC)|
|2009–2011||Jacksonville Jaguars (DC)|
|2011||Jacksonville Jaguars (interim)|
|2012||Jacksonville Jaguars (AHC/DC)|
|2013–2014||Chicago Bears (DC)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|As an assistant coach/coordinator:|
Melvin Tucker II (born January 4, 1972) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Michigan State University. He was previously the head coach at the University of Colorado.
Tucker was the interim head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) for five games in 2011. He has worked as the defensive backs coach at the Ohio State University and the University of Alabama and as the defensive coordinator for both the Chicago Bears of the NFL as well as the University of Georgia.