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Doubting the Doubters: Why Michigan State Will Win the Big Ten in 2011

The season has not even begun, and many commentators already feel Michigan State is overrated. 

On one hand, there are good reasons to question how good of a season Michigan State will have. The schedule is TOUGH, with trips to Notre Dame, Ohio State, Nebraska, Iowa and Northwestern, along with visits from Michigan and Wisconsin. 

Meanwhile, Michigan State lost important players on both sides of the ball. Their O-line is depleted and star receiver Mark Dell won’t be around to make big plays. Arguably the best linebacking tandem in school history, Greg Jones and Eric Gordon, have graduated, and Chris L. Rucker is now in the NFL. 

So will Michigan State disappoint this season? It’s a possibility, but the pieces are all there for Michigan State to surprise critics and win the Big Ten along with a trip to the Rose Bowl, or even the BCS championship. 

The biggest reason to hold such high hopes? Mark Dantonio. Year in and year out Michigan State has lost important pieces in this or that unit, and yet the team as a whole has kept improving and often the units that suffered the most losses either improved or remained steady. 

Just last year our O-line lost several important players, and yet they improved. Our secondary was abysmal just two years ago, but one year later and it was among the best in the conference. The defensive line is getting stronger and tougher to break through, and Michigan State has been exceptional at linebacking under Dantonio. 

Dantonio has built a system at Michigan State, and it’s a system that is producing increasingly good results. Now that system will be filled with players recruited by Dantonio and his staff. These are players that were selected because they fit in the system. The talent and focus of our team will benefit because of it.   

The pieces are there, and if Michigan State doesn’t get cocky, they have the chance to put together a really special season and end the Rose Bowl drought. With the challenging schedule, there are perhaps more obstacles in MSU’s way this year than ever before, but they have the players and coaches needed to win the Big Ten.

Filed under Big Ten College Football Michigan State Spartans Mark Dantonio Notre Dame Fighting Irish Ohio State Buckeyes Nebraska Cornhuskers Iowa Hawkeyes Northwestern Wildcats Michigan Wolverines Wisconsin Badgers Mark Dell Greg Jones Eric Gordon Chris L. Rucker NFL Rose Bowl BCS Championship Mark Dantonio

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Undrafted MSU players sign deals with NFL teams.

Mark Dell (WR) signed with the Denver Broncos.

Eric Gordon (LB) signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

D.J. Young (DT) signed with the Arizona Cardinals.

Charlie Gantt (TE) signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Even though I’m bummed none of them are on the Colts, I am stoked they all got deals.

CONGRATULATIONS GUYS! Spartan Nation wishes you the best of luck.

Filed under Michigan State Spartans College Football NFL Mark Dell Eric Gordon D.J. Young Charlie Gantt Denver Broncos Jacksonville Jaguars Arizona Cardinals Kansas City Chiefs

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Top 150 Undrafted Free Agents Available

Michigan State athletes:

#64 - Charlie Gantt (TE)

#68 - Eric Gordon (LB)

#114 - Mark Dell (WR)

I really hope all 3 of these guys get a chance to play, especially Eric Gordon.

Michigan State athletes drafted (2011):

Round 6 / Pick 185 - Greg Jones (LB) to the New York Giants

Round 6 / Pick 188 - Chris L. Rucker (CB) to the Indianapolis Colts

Blair White (WR) and Brett Swenson (K) were both undrafted free agents in 2010. Both were picked up by the Colt.

I’m pretty excited that they 3 of them are on the same team.

Filed under Michigan State Spartans College Football NFL NFL Draft Undrafted Free Agents Charlie Gantt Eric Gordon Mark Dell Greg Jones New York Giants Chris L. Rucker Indianapolis Colts Blair White Brett Swenson

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Senior Moments in Spartan Stadium

Video #5 with Greg Jones (LB), Eric Gordon (LB), and Josh Rouse (FB).

One of my first few plays of the [first] game, I’m in the  huddle and Kaleb Thornhill [LB] is calling the play, and I completely forget what the play is and he just straight-up told me what to do, and they can hear it, and I jump over a guy and get a sack. After that I froze, I didn’t know what happen and Kaleb started hitting me in the head, and I was so confused, but it was a good thing. - Greg Jones

Everything Greg Jones says is just so meaningful. I feel like he has such a high football IQ and is just extremely smart. I really started noticing this when reading quotes from him this past season. I feel like this past season wasn’t his strongest, maybe it was because of all the hype around him coming into the 2010 season, but I hope he plays great in the NFL for the New York Giants.

Filed under College Football Michigan State Spartans Spartan Stadium Greg Jones Eric Gordon Josh Rouse

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This NFL Lockout is killing me!

I just want to know what will happen with MSU’s un-drafted players:

Mark Dell, Eric Gordon, and Charlie Gantt.

I know Mark Dell will go somewhere, I just want to know WHERE.

I’m really pulling for Eric Gordon.
He might be small, but he plays bigger than he is. He wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, but his Pro Day numbers blew the Scouts out of the water. Here are his stats and where he would have been placed in the combine: 

Vertical Jump: 40.5” (Top 10 overall. 1st for LBs)
Broad Jump: 10’7” (Top 15 overall. 1st for LBs)
Bench Press: 25 reps of 225lbs (Top 10 for LBs)
40 dash: 4.5 seconds (2nd for LBs) 

This lock out needs to end.

Filed under NFL NFL Lockout Mark Dell Eric Gordon Charlie Gantt Michigan State Spartans NFL Pro Day NFL Combine

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Spartans Conduct First Spring Practice

Under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 40s, the Michigan State football team held it first spring practice Tuesday afternoon on the practice fields outside the Duffy Daugherty Building.

Following the 2 1/2 hour workout in helmets and shorts, several players, including seniors Kirk Cousins and Trenton Robinson, met with the media to talk about the beginning of spring practice. (CLICK HERE FOR ACTUAL SITE WITH PODCASTS OF INTERVIEWS)

In addition, Blake Treadwell talked about moving over to the offensive line, Steve Gardiner discussed the difference of playing linebacker without seeing Greg Jones or Eric Gordon in the unit, and Todd Anderson shared his thoughts on switching to the fullback position. 

Michigan State’s second spring practice is set for Thursday afternoon (March 31).

Filed under Michigan State Spartans College Football Spring Pratice Kirk Cousins Trenton Robinson Blake Treadwell Steve Gardiner Greg Jones Eric Gordon Todd Anderson

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Pro Day at Michigan State (VIDEO)

Holy Crap!
Eric Gordon recorded a vertical leap of 40.5 inches.

If he would have been invited to the combine he would be FIRST for LBs and SEVENTH overall.

He also recorded a 10’7” broad jump. He would’ve been #1 for LBs at the combine.

He did 25 bench presses which would have put him in sixth for LBs. 

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Michigan State held its annual Pro Day Wednesday afternoon (March 16) at the Duffy Daugherty Indoor Football Building. Thirteen seniors from the 2010 team auditioned in front of National Football League scouts in preparation for the upcoming NFL Draft. Twenty-eight scouts representing 24 NFL teams attended the event.

"When you have players reaching the next level, that means your program has a chance to be successful," said MSU head coach Mark Dantonio, who attended Pro Day and watched a majority of the drills. "These players have worked hard for this moment. I’m proud of what this class accomplished at Michigan State and it was great to see them have an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of so many scouts from around the NFL."

Several scouts in attendance paid close attention to Greg Jones, a two-time All-America linebacker at Michigan State who participated in the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. Jones ran the 40-yard dash during MSU’s Pro Day and also took part in individual drills.

"It was just so good to have all of the guys there," Jones said, as many of his former teammates watched on. "I’ve been working with a lot of those guys for four years. I was happy about my performance today. My 40 was a lot better than at the combine, I felt more relaxed."

Although not invited to the NFL Combine, All-Big Ten linebacker Eric Gordon displayed his athleticism with an outstanding performance at MSU’s Pro Day. Gordon began the day with a 40.5-inch vertical leap, which would have placed him in the top 10 at the NFL Combine among all players. He then recorded a 10’7” broad jump, which also would’ve ranked among the top 15 at the NFL Combine. In addition, Gordon did 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

"It definitely gets your adrenaline rushing a little more," Gordon said of working out in front of the NFL scouts. "When you’re training, you still get a little excited when you go out and test the 40 one day, but it’s nothing like having all of these scouts, and there was a ton of spectators here too.

"When I was training, I was in a different environment around different people, and you’re trying to fit in and act a certain way. But once I came back and I saw Greg, Ruck, and Charlie, you kind of feel back at home. The amount of times I ran on this turf and benched in that weight room is countless.

"I think what the coaches have put into our brains is being mentally tough," said Gordon of how his time at Michigan State prepared him for Pro Day. "That comes out today. I was getting pretty nervous but you have to just fight through adversity and fight through that nervousness and push everything off to the side. They taught me a lot of toughness, endurance and strength to finish."

"Eric’s an explosive player who started here from day one - he started more games at Michigan State than any other player in program history," said Dantonio. "He has great power. A lot of players his size are in the NFL. I believe he has the skill and determination to succeed at the next level."

Three other Spartans who received invites to the NFL Combine - wide receiver Mark Dell, tight end Charlie Gantt and cornerback Chris L. Rucker - worked out Wednesday for NFL scouts.

"I think everybody did a good job and came out and competed," Gantt said. "I improved on my times (from the combine), I was happy with that, and I worked hard in my drills and caught the ball well."

"Coming off a knee injury, I felt like I did fairly good," said Dell, who did not participate in any drills at the NFL Combine, just interviews. "This is my first time coming out to run routes (since the injury) and cutting and everything. I felt like I really didn’t even pay attention to the scouts once I got going. It definitely helped being here. This is a long, grueling process. You’re working out for two to three months, so it will finally feel good to take a few days off."

"It felt good, being able to compete in front of everybody, family, friends, teammates and scouts," said Rucker. "I thought my testing went good…This was some of the most nervous times in my life coming up to this point. There was a lot more pressure at the combine. Being here, it was more of a comfort zone because you work out here all the time."

All-Big Ten punter Aaron Bates, Nick Bendzuck, J’Michael Deane, Jesse Johnson, Jon Misch, Alex Shackleton, John Stipek and D.J. Young also participated in the event. Young led all participants on the bench press with 36 reps.

Several former Spartans, including Trevor Anderson, T.J. Duckett, David Herron, Javon Ringer, Eric Smith and Brett Swenson, were also in attendance.

The NFL Draft is set for April 28-30 in New York City. 

Filed under NFL Draft Combine Pro Day Michigan State Spartans College Football Mark Dell Charlie Gantt Greg Jones Eric Gordon Chris L Rucker