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What MSU Fans Need to Watch During Spring Game

1. Passing Game
The quarterback (Andrew Maxwell vs Connor Cook) and wide receiver (Tony Lippett vs Bennie Fowler vs Keith Mumphery vs DeAnthony Arnett) positions are up for grabs, along with some tight end spots (Dion Sims vs Evan Jones vs Josiah Price. 

2. Offensive Line
As mentioned before, the offensive line should be stable this coming season. Most of the men return for another year, and each position is packed with talented backups. 

3. Running Game
Last season the running game was not very effective due to very few veterans on the offensive line. Now that the linemen have more experience, expect the running backs to carry the ball more often. LeVeon Bell had an excellent season last year with carries split between Edwin Baker and Larry Caper. Baker declaring early to the NFL will give Bell the bulk of the carries this coming season. Bell may have the nod, but the players below him could easily change that. Caper is due for some playing time along with fellow running backs Nick Hill and Jeremy Langford. All of these players will be fun to watch when the spring game begins.  

4. Defense
The whole defense will be something to watch this spring. After ranking in the top 20 in seven statistical categories and being the top defense in the Big Ten, this group is nothing but dominant. A majority of the defense returns this season, but there are some key spots that need replacing. The most critical area that needs to be addressed is the defensive tackle position (after Jerel Worthy declared himself for the NFL draft). 

5. Special Teams (Punt Return) 
The coaches are hoping Nick Hill will be the guy to replace Keshawn Martin. He has great field vision and releases quickly. He averaged 26.3 yards per gain on kick returns he attempted along with five punts returned last year. The most notable loss for MSU is the do-it-all receiver and punt returner Keshawn Martin. 

Filed under Michigan State Spartans College Football Andrew Maxwell Connor Cook Tony Lippett Bennie Fowler Keith Mumphery DeAnthony Arnett Dion Sims Josiah Price Le'Veon Bell Larry Caper Edwin Baker NFL Nick Hill Jeremy Langford Big Ten Jerel Worthy Keshawn Martin

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Michigan State Spartans Football: Why They Will Be Back in 2012

(Bleacher Report)

Following a very disappointing loss in the Big Ten championship game, the Spartans somewhat salvaged the season with a thrilling win against Georgia in the Outback Bowl.

The win sent perhaps the greatest senior class in Michigan State history out with a win and gave head coach Mark Dantonio his first bowl victory.

However, with the departure of three-year captain and senior quarterback Kirk Cousins, many people think the Spartans will have a letdown year next year.

This simply is not true.  

Surely, Cousins’ leadership will be missed by the Spartans. However, they reload the quarterback position with former four-star recruit Andrew Maxwell. Maxwell will be heading into his junior year next year and has very high expectations for both himself and the team.  

In addition to Cousins, the Spartans lose the majority of their receiving core, including wide receivers BJ Cunningham, Keith Nicol, Keshawn Martin and tight end Brian Linthicum.  

Michigan State will fill these holes with sophomore Bennie Fowler and freshman Tony Lippet. In addition to these two, the Spartans signed the No. 1 wide receiver in the state of Michigan, four-star Aaron Burbridge.  

Furthermore, former Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett transferred to State just yesterday. The addition of the former Under Armour All-American, Arnett, will surely go a long way in Michigan State’s passing game.  

"Maxwell to Arnett…touchdown MSU!" is a phrase we will hear a lot of in the coming years.

The Spartans only lose one player off last year’s offensive line, senior captain Joel Foreman. The last player lost from the offense is senior fullback Todd Anderson. This hole will hopefully be filled by former Catholic Central back Niko Palazeti.  

The dual-threat run game of Le’Veon Bell and Edwin Baker will return next year. With their talents, the Spartans hope to have one of the best run games in the Big Ten. (Edwin Baker is leaving for the NFL Draft.)

The Michigan State defense finished the year in the Top 10 of total defense. The scary part is, the Spartans return nine out of the 11 starters from that defense; that is, if defensive tackle Jerel Worthy declares for the NFL draft as he is expected to. (He did declare for the NFL.)

The defense will be led by juniors Max Bullough and William Gholston up front. The secondary loses free safety Trenton Robinson, but it should be okay returning corners Darqueze Dennard and Johnny Adams and safety Isaiah Lewis.

 Michigan State looks to again have one of the best defenses not only in the Big Ten, but in the entire nation.  

These certainly are exciting days in East Lansing.  

Mark Dantonio has put together a program that will compete for Big Ten championships for years to come. Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has turned down a few offers already and appears to be staying on board Dantonio’s staff.  

The sky is the limit for next year’s Michigan State Spartans.

Filed under Michigan State Spartans College Football Big Ten Championship Georgia Bulldogs Outback Bowl Mark Dantonio Kirk Cousins Andrew Maxwell B.J. Cunningham Keith Nichol Keshawn Martin Brian Linthicum Bennie Fowler Tony Lippet Aaron Burbridge Tennessee Volunteers DeAnthony Arnett Joel Foreman Todd Anderson Niko Palazeti Le'Veon Bell Edwin Baker NFL Draft Jerel Worthy Max Bullough William Gholston Trenton Robinson Darqueze Dennard Johnny Adams Isaiah Lewis

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Dantonio and Worthy Call Press Conference @ 2 PM.

sportsfromaspartan:

Well… more MSU news in regards to the future of Junior Defensive Tackle Jerel Worthy. Dantonio has called a press conference today along with Worthy for 2 PM where it is all but assured they will announce Worthy’s departure from Michigan State so that he can pursue a professional career in the NFL. It was tweeted this morning that Worthy had already begun looking into agents, leaving it all but a forgone conclusion the NFL is in his immediate future.

It’s a bitter sweet moment, but I take this as another big win for the Spartan Nation. Selfishly, we want him to stay one more year and pursue another Big Ten Championship and a push at the 2013 Rose Bowl.

But, like I said, I’m marking this in the win column. Worthy is projected by NFL draft expert Mel Kiper as the #4 best defensive lineman in the 2012 draft and as the #22 best prospect. Kiper, among many, are projecting Worthy as a first round draft pick. Dantonio now has another 1st rounder under his belt and will strengthen his prestige amongst future recruits.

Worthy leaves East Lansing a first team All-American and leaves the reigns for Anthony Rashad White who capped off a good season with a blocked field goal to win the Outback Bowl. White will use that momentum to step into Worthy’s position next season and look to make the same impact Worthy did.

Thanks Jerel!

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