Michigan State's William Gholston can hardly contain himself when it comes to rival Michigan
"Whatever Coach draws up, we’re going to do," said Gholston, his voice cracking.
But Will, isn’t it fair to say the priority in the past has been trying to keep Robinson in the pocket?
"We came out and played as hard as we could play," Gholston said, drawing more laughter.
In last year's 28-14 Michigan State win, it was Gholston who pulled on Robinson’s facemask while the quarterback was on the ground to draw a penalty and also Gholston who punched offensive lineman Taylor Lewan to garner another penalty as well as a one-game suspension from the Big Ten.
Lewan said in August he respected Gholston while Gholston insisted Saturday after Michigan State's loss to Iowa that he had moved on from the incident and ensuing negative attention.
"I really haven’t thought about it until you just asked me," Gholston said. "I’ve put it behind me."
Gholston, who in his junior season has 28 tackles and one sack, did have positive things to say about Robinson after teammates bashed the rival quarterback on Twitter during the Wolverines' season-opening loss to Alabama.
"He’s an explosive player," Gholston said. "He makes plays. Everybody sees it across the nation. He’s been doing it since he’s been playing. Since he got the starting role, he’s been an explosive player.
"I don’t think he’s been scrambling this year like that. I think he’s trying to stay in the pocket a little bit longer trying to throw it."
As Michigan State looks for its fifth consecutive win against the rival school, Gholston said the game meant a lot to him.
"It’s the Michigan game. There’s nothing to really say about that, but it’s the Michigan game. You know what you’ve got do.
"You can’t get over-excited, I don’t think ... It’s a game of emotion. You’ve got to be emotional."