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MSU offensive coordinator Les Koenning attributed some of Relf’s issues to small injuries that have hobbled him throughout the season, but also said it couldn’t be an excuse for poor play.

“This isn’t volleyball, this isn’t tennis,” Koenning said. “This is football. You got to play with some aches and pains. You’ve got to play with some bruises and get out there and play. He’s done that _ he just needs to keep progressing and keep coming on.”