August 8, 2013

Reschke, Jones preparing to play

EAST LANSING - Linebackers Jon Reschke and Shane Jones are among the most likely members of Michigan State's 2013 recruiting class to play as true freshmen.

Like the rest of their classmates, however, the two freshmen are doing their best to learn a complex playbook, including terminology, defensive formations, and blitz calls.

Staying ahead of the learning curve thus far hasn't been easy. But it might have otherwise impossible if Reschke and Jones hadn't been taken under the wings of All-Big Ten seniors Max Bullough and Denicos Allen.

"He has definitely taken good care of me, and shown me the ropes and telling me what to do," said Reschke, who led Brother Rice to back-to-back state championships as a starting middle linebacker for the Catholic school powerhouse. "He's shown me everything. He has a great mind. I know how to read a guard and a tackle, a center. I know how to read linemen. It is more of the mental part. It is knowing what to do in this situation. He is showing what to do in different situations, preparing me for that."

Part of that training included a pop quiz at 11:30 pm on Tuesday night. Reschke had been sleeping, but Bullough woke him to interrogate the freshman on the formations and defensive play calls necessary for the freshman to play functional football at a critical position.

"He quizzed me and made me name all of these formations, and adjustments," said Reschke. "It was awesome."

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