Tyree Kinnel Analyzes MSU Week

Tyree Kinnel Analyzes MSU Week

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Tyree Kinnel Analyzes MSU Week

It’s one of the biggest inter-state rivalries in the country. Michigan vs. Michigan State. It’s where your friends and family can turn into your enemies for just a few hours. For these players it is something different. You’re recruited to come here and beat these rival teams, you’re taught the things that they do and why you should hate them, and the same goes for MSU as many of their players feel the same way about Michigan the way Michigan players feel about them.

This game can bring out the best and worst of both teams, coaches and players. Safety Tyree Kinnel knows from experience what it’s like to play in this game and how the emotions are at a different level this week.

“I would say so (emotions being at a different level),” said Kinnel. “I feel like it’s a different emotion because of the win we just had against Wisconsin, it’s a big win for us and now we get to go play our rival Michigan State so I can definitely see a switch in the focus and we’re pretty amped up for it and we can’t wait.”

A big test for the Wolverines defense is going to be to try and stop MSU wide receiver Felton Davis III, the Spartans leading receiver with 31 catches for 474 yards and four touchdowns — along with getting two carries for 50 yards and a touchdown. Michigan has the number one pass defense in college football so it will be a good matchup for the secondary of the Wolverines.

“We talk about the guys we go against,” said Kinnel. “We just try to play our game as we can, as a secondary and trust each other and have each other’s back throughout the game, we don’t try and focus on no individual really we just try and go out and play our game.”

Experience playing in these types of games is important. It gets you ready for what’s to come and can make you a better player. Kinnel has played in this game three, going on four times so he has been there for the highs and lows of the game and translating that type of message to younger players can be a great lesson for what they can do down the road in their future.

“I feel like it’s good, not just me, all the guys that have been playing that got key roles on this team,” said Kinnel. “They’re feeding of a lot of older guys, a lot of guys that are playing and just some guys that feed off the younger guys that are doing well. We just try to show a good example in the locker room, on the field and I feel like we’ve been doing a good thing like that this year so just gotta keep that moving and our team will get better as it goes on.”

Michigan likes to bond with a movie night every Friday and last week, before playing Wisconsin, head coach Jim Harbaugh let the captains vote on a movie to pick for the team for the first time this year and oddly enough, they watched the movie 300.

“That was last week,” said Kinnel. We definitely won’t watch that this week. We didn’t really realize that you know the Spartan thing until it was on that we played them next week. We won’t be watching that this Friday.”

This week’s movie choice?

“Friday Night Lights,” said Kinnel, but he said that he wasn’t sure just yet as the captains still had to talk it over.

Michigan will need whatever it needs to prepare for this week as they get ready for Michigan State in East Lansing this Saturday, Oct. 20 at noon as the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy continues.

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