Two straight losses to start the conference season have all but taken Michigan State out of conference and playoff relevance. And junior offensive linemen Brian Allen made it clear that the team’s problems need to be fixed from the top down, according to 247Sports.
“The older guys just felt that it feels different than how it’s been in the past,” Allen told 247Sports’ Jeremy Warnemuende. “Older guys have led this team and younger guys have followed. We’ve just got to get everybody on the same page and let them know that what’s happened here the last two weeks is something that’s embarrassing, that shouldn’t happen here.”
The team held a players-only meeting after an overtime loss to Indiana on Saturday. That loss followed a 30-6 drubbing at home from Wisconsin. The Spartans have dropped out of rankings after having reached No. 8 in the country two weeks ago.
“We have the talent, and the attitude that guys passed down to us: we can’t let it drop off,” Allen said. “Guys don’t have that attitude, and we need to refine that and show the young guys what that is. Maybe we’ve done a crappy job passing that on, but we need to get that going.”