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2014 MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 30, 2014
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2014 Michigan State Spartans football preview

Michigan State Spartans (0 - Pres)

COACH: MARK DANTONIO, 8TH YEAR, 64-29 @ STATE

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: DAVE WARNER AND JIM BOLLMAN

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: PAT NARDUZZI

LAST LEAGUE TITLE: 2013

STARTERS RETURNING: 13, 6 OFFENSE, 5 DEFENSE, PUNTER AND KICKER

OFFENSE PPG: 29.4

RUSHING: 173.8

PASSING: 211.7

TOTAL OFFENSE: 385.5

DEFENSE PPG: 13.2

RUSHING: 86.6

PASSING: 165.6

TOTAL DEFENSE: 252.2

TURNOVER MARGIN: +13

 Michigan State Spartans (1983 - Pres)

Michigan State had a magical season in 2013 by going 13-1 and undefeated in the Big Ten regular-season and one of the Big Ten championship game over Ohio State 34-24. The Spartans didn’t stop there as they went on to beat Stanford 24-20 in the Rose Bowl. They will attempt to take yet another step by becoming an elite college football team in 2014. Mark Dantonio returns for his 8TH year at East Lansing with almost all of his skill players returning on offense including starting quarterback Connor Cook. Cook had a superb sophomore season in leading the Spartans to the Big Ten championship and the Rose Bowl victory. Also returning will be running back Jeremy Langford who ran for over 1400 yards in his junior season, receiver Tony Lippett who became the go to guy in the fourth quarter of big games. Lippett had 44 receptions last year and will be joined by Junior Macgarrett Kings who had 43 receptions. Kings ran into some trouble in the spring and should be back for fall practice. Also in the mix will be junior Aaron Burbridge and DeAnthony Arnett. The offensive line returns only two starters including Center Jack Allen and LT Jack Conklin. Filling the remainder of the offensive line will be left guard Travis Jackson, right guard Connor Kruse and right tackle Kodi Kieler.

Michigan State Spartans (1987 - Pres)

Michigan State’s defense was among the best in the nation last year ranking third in scoring, second in rushing, third in passing and second overall in total defense. Only five starters return in 2014 and the loss of cornerback Darqueze Dennard, linebackers Max Bullough and Denicos Allen as well as strong safety Isaiah Lewis will be very hard to replace. Michigan State feels confident in the players that will be stepping into those holes this season including defensive tackle Lawrence Thomas, nose tackle Damon Knox, linebacker Darien Harris, linebacker Ed Davis as well as cornerback Darian Hicks and strong safety Jalyn Powell. The Spartans return the Big Ten’s defensive lineman of the year in Shilique Calhoun. Calhoun and senior defensive end Marcus Rush combined for 12 ½ sacks last season. The secondary will include Trae Waynes and free safety Kurtis Drummond.

Duplicating what Michigan State accomplished in 2013 will not be an easy task after losing so many key players on defense. The offensive line will have many question marks with only two starters returning. Despite the many concerns, Michigan State should play for another Big Ten championship if they stay healthy.

Michigan State Spartans (1983 - Pres)

2014 SCHEDULE:

 

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
08/29/14 vs. Jacksonville State TV East Lansing, Mich. 7:30 p.m. ET
09/06/14 at Oregon TV Eugene, Ore. 6:30 p.m. ET
09/20/14 vs. Eastern Michigan East Lansing, Mich. TBA
09/27/14 vs. Wyoming (Homecoming) TV East Lansing, Mich. 12:00 p.m. ET
10/04/14 vs. Nebraska * TV East Lansing, Mich. 8:00 p.m. ET
10/11/14 at Purdue * West Lafayette, Ind. TBA
10/18/14 at Indiana * TV Bloomington, Ind 3:30 p.m. ET
10/25/14 vs. Michigan * East Lansing, Mich. TBA
11/08/14 vs. Ohio State * East Lansing, Mich. TBA
11/15/14 at Maryland * TV College Park, Md. 8:00 p.m. ET
11/22/14 vs. Rutgers * East Lansing, Mich. TBA
11/29/14 at Penn State * University Park, Pa. TBA
12/06/14 Big Ten Championship Game * Indianapolis, Ind. TBA


Michigan State Spartans (1987 - Pres)

2014 ROSTER:

 

Click on column headers (No., Name, Position, Ht./Wt., Yr.) to sort.
No.NamePos.Ht.Wt.ClassHometown - Last School
11 aiello robert Robert Aiello WR 74 6-2 185 2 RS FR Lake Orion, Mich. - Lake Orion
66 allen jack Jack Allen C 74 6-2 300 5 JR Hinsdale, Ill. - Hinsdale Central
22 andrie paul Paul Andrie QB 74 6-2 185 3 SO Valparaiso, Ind. - Valparaiso
5 arnett deanthony DeAnthony Arnett WR 71 5-11 189 5 JR Saginaw, Mich. - Tennessee
38 augustin gabe Gabe Augustin CB 68 5-8 186 3 SO Freeland, Mich. - Nouvel Catholic Central
87 barksdale tres Tres Barksdale WR 74 6-2 195 3 SO Solon, Ohio - Solon
61 bodanis james James Bodanis OT 77 6-5 300 7 SR Toronto, Ontario - University of Toronto
57 brown adam Adam Brown OG 75 6-3 288 5 JR Columbia, Md. - Atholton
30 bullough riley Riley Bullough LB 74 6-2 233 3 SO Traverse City, Mich. - St. Francis
16 burbridge aaron Aaron Burbridge WR 73 6-1 203 5 JR Farmington Hills, Mich. - Harrison
89 calhoun shilique Shilique Calhoun DE 76 6-4 257 5 JR Middletown, N.J. - Middletown North
80 chmura dylan Dylan Chmura TE 76 6-4 240 2 RS FR Waukesha, Wis. - Waukesha West
76 clark donavon Donavon Clark OL 75 6-3 310 5 JR Cincinnati, Ohio - Finneytown
87 clemons brandon Brandon Clemons DL 75 6-3 295 5 JR Milford, Pa. - Delaware Valley
36 colquhoun arjen Arjen Colquhoun DB 73 6-1 193 5 JR Windsor, Ontario - W.F. Herman Secondary School
74 conklin jack Jack Conklin OT 78 6-6 330 3 SO Plainwell, Mich. - Plainwell
18 cook connor Connor Cook QB 76 6-4 219 5 JR Hinckley, Ohio - Walsh Jesuit
98 cooper demetrius Demetrius Cooper DE 77 6-5 239 2 RS FR Chicago, Ill. - Percy L. Julian
7 cox demetrious Demetrious Cox S 73 6-1 200 3 SO Jeannette, Pa. - Jeannette
24 cronin kevin Kevin Cronin K 73 6-1 216 3 SO Traverse City, Mich. - Traverse City West Senior
43 davis ed Ed Davis LB 75 6-3 230 5 JR Detroit, Mich. - Southeastern
53 deporre peter Peter DePorre LB 74 6-2 216 1 FR Troy, Mich. - Brother Rice
27 drummond kurtis Kurtis Drummond S 73 6-1 200 7 SR Masury, Ohio - Hubbard
39 edmondson jermaine Jermaine Edmondson CB 72 6-0 178 3 SO Canton, Ohio - McKinley Senior
56 ewing leland Leland Ewing SN 73 6-1 229 7 SR Jackson, Mich. - Lumen Christi Catholic
96 fennell david David Fennell DT 74 6-2 272 3 SO Portland, Ore. - Sunset
73 finley dennis Dennis Finley OL 78 6-6 307 2 RS FR Detroit, Mich. - Cass Tech
9 fischer evan Evan Fischer K 70 5-10 177 3 SO Holt, Mich. - Holt
23 frey chris Chris Frey LB 73 6-1 223 1 FR Upper Arlington, Ohio - Upper Arlington
4 geiger michael Michael Geiger K 68 5-8 186 3 SO Toledo, Ohio - Ottawa Hills
84 gleichert andrew Andrew Gleichert TE 77 6-5 264 7 SR Ann Arbor, Mich. - Huron
50 harrington sean Sean Harrington LB 75 6-3 196 2 RS FR Commerce Township, Mich. - Orchard Lake St. Mary's
45 harris darien Darien Harris LB 72 6-0 228 5 JR Silver Spring, Md. - DeMatha Catholic
92 heath joel Joel Heath DE 78 6-6 289 5 JR Cincinnati, Ohio - Mount Healthy
2 hicks darian Darian Hicks CB 70 5-10 181 3 SO Solon, Ohio - Solon
6 hicks mylan Mylan Hicks LB 71 5-11 199 7 SR Detroit, Mich. - Renaissance
67 higgins zach Zach Higgins OG 76 6-4 315 3 SO Alliance, Ohio - Alliance
20 hill nick Nick Hill RB 68 5-8 197 7 SR Chelsea, Mich. - Chelsea
24 holmes gerald Gerald Holmes RB 72 6-0 216 2 RS FR Flint, Mich. - Carman-Ainsworth
63 jackson travis Travis Jackson OL 75 6-3 286 7 SR New Albany, Ohio - St. Francis DeSales
89 jakubik john John Jakubik WR 72 6-0 194 7 SR Plymouth, Mich. - Kalamazoo College
85 jones evan Evan Jones DE 77 6-5 248 2 RS FR West Lafayette, Ohio - Ridgewood
68 jones noah Noah Jones DL 75 6-3 285 1 FR Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Dillard
49 jones shane Shane Jones LB 73 6-1 238 2 RS FR Cincinnati, Ohio - Archbishop Moeller
34 jones taiwan Taiwan Jones LB 75 6-3 252 7 SR New Baltimore, Mich. - Anchor Bay
69 kamm shawn Shawn Kamm OT 79 6-7 300 5 JR Saginaw, Mich. - Nouvel Catholic Central
79 kieler kodi Kodi Kieler C 77 6-5 309 3 SO Rockwood, Mich. - Carlson
17 kilgore trey Trey Kilgore WR 73 6-1 182 2 RS FR Cincinnati, Ohio - St. Xavier
3 kings jr. macgarrett Macgarrett Kings Jr. WR 70 5-10 186 5 JR Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - University School
99 kittredge james James Kittredge DL 76 6-4 295 7 SR Ramsey, N.J. - Vanderbilt
93 knox damon Damon Knox DL 76 6-4 275 5 JR Muskegon, Mich. - Muskegon
54 kruse connor Connor Kruse OG 76 6-4 317 7 SR Lowell, Mich. - Lowell
14 laneaux chris Chris Laneaux S 71 5-11 202 5 JR Kalamazoo, Mich. - Portage Northern
83 lang paul Paul Lang TE 77 6-5 252 5 JR Pittsburgh, Pa. - Mount Lebanon
33 langford jeremy Jeremy Langford RB 72 6-0 205 7 SR Wayne, Mich. - John Glenn
32 leimbach zac Zac Leimbach DB 71 5-11 198 3 SO Walled Lake, Mich. - Walled Lake Central
14 lippett tony Tony Lippett WR 75 6-3 190 7 SR Detroit, Mich. - Crockett
11 lyles jamal Jamal Lyles TE 75 6-3 250 3 SO Southfield, Mich. - Southfield-Lathrup
86 macksood matt Matt Macksood WR 71 5-11 197 3 SO Lansing, Mich. - Lansing Catholic Central
88 madaris monty Monty Madaris WR 73 6-1 195 3 SO Cincinnati, Ohio - Archbishop Moeller
34 makaric brock Brock Makaric WR 73 6-1 192 2 RS FR Saginaw, Mich. - Heritage
75 mcgowan benny Benny McGowan OG 75 6-3 319 3 SO Centerville, Ohio - Centerville
29 meyers mark Mark Meyers S 72 6-0 180 3 SO Toledo, Ohio - Whitmer
25 mumphery keith Keith Mumphery WR 72 6-0 212 7 SR Vienna, Ga. - Dooly County
7 o'connor tyler Tyler O'Connor QB 75 6-3 219 3 SO Lima, Ohio - Lima Catholic Central
64 o'hara spencer Spencer O'Hara DL 76 6-4 236 7 SR East Lansing, Mich. - East Lansing
37 pendleton trevon Trevon Pendleton FB 71 5-11 250 5 JR Lucasville, Ohio - Portsmouth West
52 pepper taybor Taybor Pepper SN 76 6-4 222 5 JR Saline, Mich. - Saline
35 powell jalyn Jalyn Powell S 71 5-11 206 2 RS FR Warren, Ohio - Warren G. Harding
82 price josiah Josiah Price TE 76 6-4 244 3 SO Greentown, Ind. - Eastern
47 rea matt Matt Rea FB 73 6-1 241 7 SR Rochester, Mich. - University of Pennsylvania
33 reschke jon Jon Reschke LB 74 6-2 234 2 RS FR Sterling Heights, Mich. - Brother Rice
48 rhomberg pat Pat Rhomberg LB 72 6-0 238 5 JR Columbus, Ohio - Bishop Watterson
37 robinson ezra Ezra Robinson DB 72 6-0 178 3 SO Sarasota, Fla. - Booker
44 rush marcus Marcus Rush DE 74 6-2 255 7 SR Cincinnati, Ohio - Archbishop Moeller
3 sadler mike Mike Sadler P 72 6-0 170 7 SR Grand Rapids, Mich. - Forest Hills Northern
55 salmon devyn Devyn Salmon DT 73 6-1 308 2 RS FR Plant City, Fla. - Plant City
12 shelton r.j. R.J. Shelton RB 71 5-11 200 3 SO Beaver Dam, Wis. - Beaver Dam
21 sims jr. andre Andre Sims Jr. WR 69 5-9 193 5 JR Snellville, Ga. - Brookwood
81 sokol matt Matt Sokol TE 77 6-5 233 1 FR Rochester, Mich. - Adams
6 terry damion Damion Terry QB 75 6-3 230 2 RS FR Erie, Pa. - Cathedral Prep
8 thomas lawrence Lawrence Thomas DL 75 6-3 294 5 JR Detroit, Mich. - Renaissance
32 tompkins nick Nick Tompkins RB 69 5-9 187 3 SO Snellville, Ga. - Brookwood
18 topolinski michael Michael Topolinski LB 73 6-1 190 5 JR Richmond Hill, Ontario - New Mexico Military Institute
62 topolinski tyler Tyler Topolinski DE 75 6-3 242 2 RS FR Richmond Hill, Ontario - St. Andrew's College
19 troup aj AJ Troup WR 74 6-2 220 5 JR Minneapolis, Minn. - Wayzata
16 vento tommy Tommy Vento QB 73 6-1 196 5 JR Farmington Hills, Mich. - Harrison
15 waynes trae Trae Waynes CB 73 6-1 183 5 JR Kenosha, Wis. - Bradford
22 williams delton Delton Williams RB 73 6-1 232 3 SO Erie, Pa. - Cathedral Prep
21 williams justin Justin Williams CB 73 6-1 175 2 RS FR Port St. Lucie, Fla. - Treasure Coast
36 williams phillip-michael Phillip-Michael Williams RB 69 5-9 185 5 JR Ballston Spa, N.Y. - Ballston Spa
26 williamson rj RJ Williamson S 72 6-0 215 5 JR Dayton, Ohio - Dunbar
26 wolfe austin Austin Wolfe WR 72 6-0 176 2 RS FR Springfield, Va. - Lake Braddock Secondary
Coaches
Mark Dantonio - Head Coach
Pat Narduzzi - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Jim Bollman - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
Dave Warner - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs
Harlon Barnett - Secondary
Ron Burton - Defensive Line
Brad Salem - Quarterbacks/Recruiting Coordinator
Terrence Samuel - Wide Receivers
Mark Staten - Offensive Line
Mike Tressel - Linebackers/Special Teams
Tim Allen - Director of Football Operations
Curtis Blackwell - Dir. of College Advancement & Performance/Camp Dir.
Bill Burghardt - Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Dino Folino - Director of Personnel/Player Development
Lorenzo Guess - Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Tommy Hoke - Associate Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Zac Hueter - Graduate Assistant / Offense
Paris Johnson - Graduate Assistant / Defense
Brad Lunsford - Director of Executive Football Operations
Ryan Manalac - Graduate Assistant / Offense
Ken Mannie - Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Matt Mueller - Director of On-Campus Recruiting
Nick Ruffing - Video Intern



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