When you were a kid and had to blow out candles on your birthday cake you were probably told to make a wish and not tell anybody what it is. Sharing your birthday wish would prevent it from ever coming true, so I was told. If that is the case, then Michigan State wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. may have just prevented his birthday wish from coming true. The Spartans receiver and punt returner is calling for a punt return touchdown on his 21st birthday Saturday.
“I’m calling a punt return for Saturday,” Kings said, according to MLive.com. “I’ve got to get in the end zone. I’ve got to score a couple of touchdowns, for my mom and my dad.”
Kings was commenting on how he is overdue to score a touchdown for Michigan State when he made the bold birthday prediction. His last touchdown came almost a year ago in an early October game against Iowa. You have to love the confidence of this guy too.
“I’m not trying to sound cocky, but I know I’m a talented kid,” Kings said, “so I try to work on everything and not take anything for granted. I know I can back it up, I just need a couple blocks on the punt return and I’m in there and then a good throw from [quarterback Connor Cook], and I’ll take it in there.”
Michigan State hosts Wyoming in East Lansing this weekend in the final non-conference tune-up before the Spartans embark on the defense of their Big Ten championship reign.
Michigan State wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. was suspended from team activities in the spring for a violation of teams rules. Now, according to court documents obtained by MLive.com, the cause for the suspension is known; DUI.
According to the information obtained in the court records, Kings Jr. was arrested and charged for driving under the influence on April 6 with a blood alcohol content above .17. A sentencing was later given in July with 13 months probation and a $750 fine for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor. A little more than a week after the arrest, Michigan State suspended Kings Jr..
Kings did not practice during the spring due to the suspension from the team. That allowed head coach Mark Dantonio to give other players some more reps, including DeAnthony Arnett and R.J. Shelton. The two players needed the extra snaps after combining for just four receptions in 2013 between them. Kings was Michigan State’s second leading receiver in 2013. He was reinstated prior to the opening of fall camp.
There is no word on whether or not he will miss any playing time during the season.
Michigan State has suspended wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. for a violation of team rules according to head coach Mark Dantonio. King will miss the rest of the spring practice season for the defending Big Ten champions, but he is expected to return to the Spartans in the fall.
According to MLive.com, Kings has not practiced all spring for the Spartan. This is just now coming out because Michigan State has a media policy that prohibit media covering the team from reporting what is witnessed in open sessions during practices. Because he has been inactive this spring, Dantonio says DeAnthony Arnett and R.J. Shelton have taken advantage of the extra snaps and each could be making a push to move up the depth chart at King’s expense. The two receivers combined for four catches and 13 yards in 2013.
Kings is the second-leading wide receiver returning to the Spartans in 2014. Last season he accounted for 42 catches for 509 yards and three touchdowns. He also has played a role on special teams for Michigan State, returning 20 punts for 206 yards in 2013.
Michigan State’s spring practices will conclude with a spring game on April 26.
Neither team has been able to do much of anything on offense in the first half, but Notre Dame managed to take a lead against Michigan State to the break after scoring a late touchdown for a 10-7 lead. T.J. Jones caught a pass from Tommy Rees at the back of the end zone to extend his reception streak to 31 games. If Jones did not bring in that pass the Irish may have gone to the locker room with their heads dropped after a frustrating first half.
Connor Cook‘s 12-yard touchdown pass to a back-peddling Macgarrett Kings Jr. gave the Spartans the lead midway through the second quarter, but Tommy Rees and the Irish moved down field before halftime to grab the lead back. The late score by the Irish was aided by one of three pass interference penalties called against the Spartans in the first half.
This game was expected to be more about the defense than the offense, and for the most part that has held true. Michigan State is finding out rather quickly that the offense they discovered last week against Youngstown State is having a much more difficult time this weekend in South Bend. Neither offense has been able to do much, but neither offense has made any costly mistakes. There were no turnovers in the first half. Given the recent history of this rivalry, the first turnover could become a huge factor in the second half.