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Michigan State Season Preview

Discussion in 'The Experience' started by JCspartan2, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. JCspartan2

    JCspartan2 Sparty Party

    Feb 21, 2009
    Well since I missed out on the podcast and my team has yet to play a game I figured I'd do a quick preview of this years Spartan squad in anticipation of the opener (hopefully today some time ;))

    It's unfortunate that it's Boisture's senior year because the offense is definitely in rebuild mode. Outside of Boisture the offense only returns 3 other starters in HB Nick Hill, LT Skyler Shofner, and TE Lamont Richards.​
    QB: Everyone knows about Boisture at this point. He's a heisman front runner to start the season but has his work cut out for him this season playing with a completely new team in front of him.​
    HB: Nick Hill returned for his senior season and will have his work cut out for him running behind almost a completely new offensive line and two very sub-par full backs. Still, Hill has the speed and ability to post some good numbers in his final season. The Spartans added some depth behind him this season with freshman Jason Wood and Corey Moore. Wood is a big bruising back while Moore is a speedster with size.​
    FB: Not even worth talking about the talent is so bad.​
    Offensive line: The Spartans will be starting 2, and possibly a 3rd, freshman on the line. 4 out of the 5 lineman have never started a game. This is the weakest offensive line MSU has had since the 2009 season.​
    WR/TE: WR is a deep position but lacks elite talent. The starters, Marc Williams and Tony Lippett, are both experienced and reliable. Behind them are a group of former 4 star recruits that haven't seen the field yet. There is a lot of potential here. TE is pretty weak. Lamont Richards had a decent year last year, but he's a blocker and not much of a threat in the passing game. Behind him is one other TE in Brett McCall who is a decent pass catcher but is only a 61 ovr TE.​
    The defense will have to win games this season for MSU. Against the run, MSU should be stout. There is a ton of talent at the linebacker spots and on the ends. In the secondary, CB could be an issue but safety will be a strength with 4 players that will battle for a starting position.​
    Defensive Line: MSU switched a 3-4 last season because of lack of talent at the DT position. This remains the case. The Spartans added 4-star DT Robert Avery, but as a freshman his impact will be minimal. 84 Ovr DT Anthony White will anchor the Dline with Sophomore Braylon Stephons and Senior Taylor Calero occupy the DE spots.​
    LBs: Larry O'Donnell takes over the MLB spot from 2-year starter Tyquan Hammock. At 88 ovr as a junior, the speedy O'Donnell is the leader of the defense. On the outside freshman Fred Merritt will start on the right side and 87 ovr Jerry Brown on the left. Behind them are a group of talented but young linebackers.​
    CB: This is the teams weakest position. MSU has not been able to beat teams out for the top CB talent in any season. The starters are 80 ovr and 78 ovr and after that everyone is in the 60s. Some the the Spartans depth at safety depth may be needed to help here.​
    S: There are four safeties trying to replace the two departed starters from the last 3 years. All of them are talented and at least 78 overall. The front runners look to be Wade Grimes and Curtis Bailey while junior Lawrence Lloyd may take the #2 spot at CB.​
    K/P: Freshman Dre Rogers takes over for last years starter Shannon Riley who moved to Punter.​
  2. AJ Hart MN

    AJ Hart MN Marseille - TFL Season 1 Champions

    Oct 16, 2009
    Good luck man.. It should be an interesting season. Although my boys already have 2 losses by the time you'll play your first game, we think we have a shot in the big 10. A quick word of advice from someone who just blew a 25 point 3rd quarter lead against Oklahoma. Don't ever take your foot off the gas against the cpu, they can come back in a heartbeat. ;)

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