OL Higby, LB Reschke out for Michigan State
East Lansing — Michigan State has dealt with its share of injuries this season, and following its 49-0 victory over Rutgers on Saturday, the Spartans have lost another player for the rest of the year.
Coach Mark Dantonio announced on Sunday that redshirt freshman offensive lineman Tyler Higby broke his right ankle and will have surgery on Thursday.
“It’s another young guy that will be out of the lineup,” Dantonio said. “He’s had a very solid year for us, and I think he shows great promise.”
Higby started six straight games at left guard and Dantonio said he expected Higby to be back for spring practice. Dantonio has been impressed by Higby’s progress.
“Tyler is a redshirt freshman and he missed basically a lot of last year with a serious shin problem, so he really couldn’t start practicing probably until middle of the year, so he was behind a little bit,” Dantonio said. “But I thought he rapidly caught up. He’s got great athletic ability, he’s a big guy, very athletic, shows power, very fluid and should be a great player for us here in the future.”
Dantonio also confirmed junior linebacker Jon Reschke will be held out the rest of the season and would be in position to seek a sixth year of eligibility at the end of next season if he chose. Reschke hasn’t played since injuring his ankle against Wisconsin in the third game of the season.
“He’s still not ready to play and then also we’ll probably be able to get a sixth year for him so he would really be a junior again next year,” Dantonio said. “He was injured the first season with the severe ankle injury. I can’t remember whether it was broken or not but he missed the entire season. That would be the thought-process going forward but he has to want to do that as well. We’ll decide that at the end of next year.”
There was no update on defensive tackle Malik McDowell, who did not play on Saturday because of an ankle injury. Dantonio did say freshman offensive lineman Thiyo Lukusa did not play because of illness and should be OK for Ohio State.
Also missing the Rutgers game were defensive backs Tyson Smith and Jalen Watts-Jackson, linebacker Ed Davis and fullback Prescott Line. None were thought to be serious injuries, though when was asked if there were any other season-ending issues, he wasn’t clear.
“Too early to tell on those,” he said.
Even with the missing players, Dantonio was impressed by his team getting its first Big Ten victory of the season.
“I thought yesterday we took a step forward in terms of our football team,” Dantonio said. “We had five guys out. Tyson Smith was out, Jalen Watts-Jackson was out, (Thiyo) Lukusa was out, Ed Davis was out, Prescott Line was out, Malik McDowell was out. So we were missing, what was that, six players out of yesterday’s game? But we came to play and it was an attitude and we gotta maintain that type of attitude and play with confidence.”