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Michigan State Hosts No. 11 Northwestern Saturday in Spartan Stadium

Recreation 5: Michigan State (1-3) vs. No. 11/13 Northwestern (5-0)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 28
Kickoff: 3:35 p.m. EST
Location: East Lansing, Mich.
Stadium: Spartan Stadium (75,005)
Floor: Pure Grass
Tickets: No public sale

TV/Internet/Cell: ESPN2/WatchESPN/ESPN Cell App

Announcers: Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Rocky Boiman (analyst), Taylor McGregor (sidelines)

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Play-by-Play: George Blaha

Analyst: Jason Strayhorn

Broadcast Host: Steve Courtney

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Pre-game Present: Begins at 2 p.m.

All-Time Collection: MSU leads, 38-20

Collection in East Lansing: MSU leads, 18-9

Final Assembly: MSU 31, NU 10 (2019)

Present Collection Streak: 1 by MSU (2019-)

COACHES:

MSU Head Coach: Mel Tucker

MSU File: 1-3 (first season)

General File: 6-10 (second season)

File vs. Northwestern: 0-0

Northwestern Head Coach: Pat Fitzgerald

Northwestern File: 104-79 (15th yr)

General File: 104-79 (15th yr)

File vs. MSU: 5-7

FIRST-AND-10 –

• Michigan State returns to motion on Saturday, Nov. 28 in Spartan Stadium to tackle No. 11/13 Northwestern at 3:35 p.m. The sport shall be broadcast on ESPN2, with Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Rocky Boiman (analyst) and Taylor McGregor (sidelines) on the decision. The Spartans (1-3) had their recreation canceled final Saturday at Maryland as a consequence of COVID-19 precautions inside the Terrapin program, whereas the Wildcats improved to 5-Zero in Huge Ten play for the primary time since 1996 with a 17-7 win over No. 10/12 Wisconsin at Ryan Discipline.

• Saturday’s recreation marks the 59th assembly between Michigan State and Northwestern. The Spartans lead the all-time collection, 38-20, together with an 18-9 document in East Lansing.

• This marks first-year head coach Mel Tucker‘s first recreation in opposition to Northwestern, whereas 15th-year Wildcat head coach Pat Fitzgerald is 5-7 in his profession in opposition to Michigan State. Fitzgerald is the all-time winningest coach in NU historical past with a 104-79 profession document in Evanston.

• Senior linebacker Antjuan Simmons leads the crew in tackles and ranks third within the Huge Ten and tied for 28th within the FBS, averaging 10.Zero stops per recreation (40 complete). Simmons tallied a career-high 14 tackles vs. Indiana and has double-digit stops in three of 4 video games this season (11 vs. Rutgers, 11 vs. Michigan). A local of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Simmons is also tied for the crew lead with 4.5 tackles for loss and his 21.5 profession TFLs are most amongst lively Spartans. He was named to look at lists for the Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy coming into the season. With 196 profession tackles, Simmons wants simply 4 extra to achieve the 200-tackle milestone.

• Redshirt junior defensive again Shakur Brown is tied for second within the Huge Ten with three interceptions within the first 4 video games. Brown had two picks in opposition to Indiana, turning into the primary Spartan to document two interceptions in the identical recreation since David Dowell in 2017 vs. Penn State. Brown, who has began two video games at nickelback and two video games at cornerback this season, additionally has a team-high 4 move break-ups this season to guide the Huge Ten and rank eighth within the FBS with 1.Eight passes defended per recreation (three interceptions, 4 move break-ups).

• A brand new period of Spartan soccer begins in 2020 as Mel Tucker begins his head teaching tenure in East Lansing. Tucker, a 23-year teaching veteran with championship expertise, was named Michigan State College’s 25th head soccer coach on Feb. 12 following Mark Dantonio’s retirement on Feb. 4.

• Tucker’s resume, which started as a graduate assistant at Michigan State beneath Nick Saban, has a formidable observe document of success. The journey that has led him again to East Lansing features a head teaching place at Colorado (2019), 5 seasons as a defensive coach within the Southeastern Convention (2000; 2015-18), 10 seasons within the NFL (2005-14), and 4 seasons at Ohio State (2001-04). He was a defensive coordinator within the NFL for seven seasons and 11 seasons general in his teaching profession.

• In 146 video games as a full-time coach within the FBS, Tucker’s groups have collected a 107-39 (.733) document, together with 10 postseason bowl video games (2000 Peach, 2002 Outback, 2003 Fiesta/BCS Nationwide Championship, 2004 Fiesta, 2004 Alamo, 2015 Cotton/CFP Semifinal, 2016 CFP/Nationwide Championship, 2016 Liberty, 2018 Rose/CFP Semifinal, 2018 CFP/Nationwide Championship), three convention championships, three nationwide championship video games and two nationwide championships (2002 with Ohio State, 2015 with Alabama). Tucker coached 160 video games within the Nationwide Soccer League (64 with Cleveland, 64 with Jacksonville, 32 with Chicago).

• Three of Tucker’s six wins as a head coach in his first two seasons have come in opposition to ranked opponents (No. 13 Michigan at MSU; No. 25 Nebraska and No. 24 Arizona State at Colorado). Tucker is 3-Three general in opposition to AP High 25 opponents (2-2 at Colorado; 1-1 at MSU).

• As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan State is taking part in a shortened conference-only schedule in 2020, and Oct. 24 marked the most recent season and residential opener at school historical past. Michigan State opened preseason camp on Aug. 7 and held 4 practices earlier than the Huge Ten season was postponed on Aug. 11. On Sept. 16, the Huge Ten introduced the season would restart and the primary weekend of video games can be on Oct. 23-24. The Spartans returned to the follow subject on Sept. 21 and practiced for the primary time in full pads on Sept. 30 in preparation for the season opener. Michigan State’s recreation at Maryland on Nov. 21 was canceled as a consequence of COVID-19 issues inside the Terrapin program.

STAT LEADERS –

Michigan State:


Speeding – Fr. Jordon Simmons (42 carries for 147 yards, 3.5 avg., Zero TDs)

Passing – R-Jr. Rocky Lombardi (68-of-119, .571, 890 yards, 6 TDs, 7 INTs)

Receiving – R-So. Jayden Reed (20 catches for 216 yards, 10.Eight avg., 2 TDs)

Tackles – Sr. Antjuan Simmons (40 tackles, 17 solos, 23 assists, 4.5 TFLs, 2 PBUs, 1 FR)

Northwestern:

Speeding – So. Drake Anderson (51 carries for 211 yards, 4.1 avg., 2 TDs)

Passing – Gr. Peyton Ramsey (96-of-155, .619, 926 yards, Eight TDs, Four INTs)

Receiving – Sr. Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman (22 catches for 290 yards, 13.1 avg., Four TDs)

Tackles – Sr. Blake Gallagher (48 tackles, 24 solos, 24 assists, 5.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FR, 2 PBUs)

A QUICK GLANCE AT NO. 11/13 NORTHWESTERN (5-0, 5-Zero B1G) –

• The No. 11/13 Wildcats tote a 5-Zero document into Saturday’s showdown in Spartan Stadium. Northwestern improved to 5-Zero in Huge Ten motion for the primary time since 1996 after a 17-7 win over No. 10 Wisconsin Saturday night in Evanston, for the Wildcats’ first win over a High-10 foe since 2011.

• Graduate switch quarterback Peyton Ramsey was 23-of-44 for 203 yards with two TDs and no INTs, whereas dashing seven occasions for six yards, as Northwestern’s offense amassed 263 yards of complete offense. Senior wideout Riley Lees added 36 yards passing on a trick play. Senior wideout Kyric McGowan had seven catches for 80 yards, whereas fellow senior broad receiver Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman had 4 receptions for 95 yards and a TD.

• Senior linebacker Blake Gallagher garnered Huge Ten Defensive Participant of the Week accolades for his efforts Saturday in opposition to Wisconsin, with a career-high tying 14 tackles, with one sack, one compelled fumble and one fumble restoration. Fellow senior linebacker Paddy Fisher added 13 stops with two tackles for loss and a compelled fumble, whereas redshirt freshman security Brandon Joseph snared two interceptions, a part of the Wildcat protection’s 5 takeaways, with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

• Northwestern is second within the B1G in scoring protection (12.6 ppg), whereas rating 10th in scoring offense (25.Eight ppg). The Wildcat protection can also be second within the B1G in complete protection (314.6 ypg), in addition to second in passing protection (214.Zero ypg) and third in dashing protection (100.6 ypg). Offensively, Northwestern is 13th within the B1G in complete offense (336.Four ypg), rating eighth in dashing (144.Zero ypg) and 11th in passing.

• Ramsey is tied for fourth within the B1G with eight passing TDs, on 96-of-155 passing for 926 yards with 4 INTs, rating 12th within the league with 185.2 ypg. Ramsey additionally has 41 rushes for 128 yards (3.1 ypc/25.6 ypg) with one dashing rating.

• Sophomore operating again Drake Anderson leads the NU dashing assault with 51 carries for 211 yards (4.1 ypc/42.2 ypg) with two TDs, whereas junior operating again Isaiah Bowser provides 184 yards on 63 carries (2.9 ypc/46.Zero ypg) with one TD.

• Chiaokhiao-Bowman leads the Wildcats receivers with 22 catches for 290 yards (13.2 ypc/58.Zero ypg) with 4 TDs, rating tied for fifth within the B1G in receiving TDs, whereas rating 12th in receiving yards and tied for 11th in receptions. McGowan matches him with 22 receptions, rating tied for 11th within the league, for 213 yards (9.7 ypc/42.6 ypg).

• Gallagher and Fisher spearhead the Northwestern protection, with Gallagher rating tied for third within the B1G with 48 tackles (24 solo, 24 assists), rating tied for sixth within the B1G and tied for 40th in FBS with 9.6 tackles per recreation. Fisher is fifth within the B1G with 46 tackles, together with rating second within the league with 28 solo, including 18 assists, and is eighth within the league and 48th within the nation with 9.2 tackles per recreation.

• Joseph is tied for the B1G and FBS lead with 5 interceptions.

MSU/NORTHWESTERN SERIES NOTES –

• Saturday’s recreation marks the 59th assembly between Michigan State and Northwestern. The Spartans lead the all-time collection 38-20, together with an 18-9 document in East Lansing.

• This marks first-year head coach Mel Tucker‘s first recreation in opposition to Northwestern, whereas 15th-year Wildcat head coach Pat Fitzgerald is 5-7 in his profession in opposition to Michigan State. Fitzgerald is the all-time winningest coach in NU historical past with a 104-79 profession document in Evanston.

LAST TIME VS. NORTHWESTERN (MSU 31, NORTHWESTERN 10; SEPT. 21, 2019) –

EVANSTON, Unwell. –
Brian Lewerke had three landing passes and Elijah Collins added a dashing TD to assist in giving the Spartans a 31-10 victory over Northwestern at Ryan Discipline. The win was the 110th for coach Mark Dantonio at Michigan State, which made him the winningest coach in program historical past, surpassing Duffy Daugherty.

Lewerke accomplished 18 of 31 passes for 228 yards and Collins had 76 yards dashing on 17 carries because the Spartans snapped a three-game shedding streak in opposition to the Wildcats.

The turning level got here with just below two minutes left within the first half.

Trailing 7-3, Northwestern confronted a third-and-20 from its personal 48. As an alternative of taking part in it secure and punting to make Michigan State go the size of the sphere, Johnson compelled a throw and was intercepted by Josiah Scott on the MSU 38.

The Spartans then put collectively an 11-play, 62-yard drive – capped by an 11-yard TD move from Lewerke to Cody White – for a 14-Three halftime lead.

Tight finish Matt Seybert caught two TD passes within the second half and Matt Coghlin related on a 26-yard subject aim late within the third as MSU constructed a 31-Three lead within the eventual 31-10 victory.

SPARTANS FROM THE LAND OF LINCOLN –

• Michigan State’s 2020 roster options 10 gamers from Illinois: redshirt senior heart Matt Allen (Hinsdale/Hinsdale Central), redshirt junior offensive lineman Kevin Jarvis (Chicago/Maine South), redshirt senior defensive sort out Naquan Jones (Evanston/Evanston Township), redshirt sophomore defensive sort out Dashaun Mallory (Bolingbrook/Bolingbrook), redshirt freshman broad receiver Cade McDonald (Naperville, Unwell./Naperville Central), freshman kicker Jack Olsen (Wheaton, Unwell./Wheaton-Warrenville), senior defensive finish Jacub Panasiuk (Roselle/Lake Park West), redshirt sophomore broad receiver Jayden Reed (Naperville, Unwell./Naperville Central), redshirt junior tight finish Max Rosenthal (Winnetka/New Trier Township Winnetka) and redshirt freshman quarterback Payton Thorne (Naperville, Unwell./Naperville Central).

LAST TIME OUT VS. INDIANA

SERIES

• Michigan State had its three-game profitable streak in opposition to Indiana snapped with a 24-Zero loss to the Hoosiers on Oct. 24 in East Lansing . . . it marked Indiana’s first win at Spartan Stadium since 2001 . . . MSU has gained 10 of the final 12 conferences and nonetheless leads the general collection in opposition to the Hoosiers, 48-17-2, together with a 26-7-1 document in East Lansing.

OFFENSE

• In his second collegiate recreation, redshirt freshman quarterback Payton Thorne accomplished 10-of-20 passes for 110 yards and one interception . . . in his first play of the sport within the second quarter, he scampered for a 38-yard rush, MSU’s longest rush from scrimmage this season.

• For the second time this season, redshirt sophomore broad receiver Jayden Reed led the crew in receptions with seven for 63 yards . . . Reed additionally had a season-high 89 kick return yards to complete with a team-high 152 all-purpose yards.

DEFENSE

• Redshirt junior Shakur Brown recorded a career-high two interceptions (one in first quarter, one in second quarter) . . . Brown has a team-high three interceptions this season and 5 in his profession . . . Brown was the primary Spartan with two interceptions since David Dowell had two in opposition to Penn State in 2017 . . . with two interceptions vs. IU, Brown now has 13 passes defended (9 move break-ups, 4 interceptions) in final 9 video games performed, together with seven in 4 video games this season (4 move break-ups, three interceptions).

• Senior linebacker Antjuan Simmons tallied a career-high 14 tackles . . . he has double-digit stops in three of 4 video games this season (11 vs. Rutgers, 11 vs. Michigan) and leads the crew with 40 tackles (10.Zero avg.) this season . . . in posting the career-high 14 stops, Simmons logged his fourth double-figure sort out outing of his profession, together with 10 vs. Wisconsin in 2019 . . . Simmons’ six solo stops final Saturday tied his career-high for the second time this season and fifth time of his profession, whereas the eight sort out assists additionally matched career-best vs. Arizona State in 2019 . . . with 1.Zero sort out for loss vs. Indiana, Simmons now has 21.5 profession TFLs, most amongst lively Spartans.

• Senior defensive finish Jacub Panasiuk recorded a career-high 9 tackles . . . he had an 8-yard sack within the first quarter . . . Panasiuk registered his third recreation this season and 14th profession recreation with a minimum of 0.5 sort out for loss with 1.0 . . . Panasiuk has 10.Zero profession sacks and 21.Zero profession TFLs, main lively Spartans in sacks and second in TFLs behind Antjuan Simmons’ 21.5 TFLs.

• Senior Dominique Lengthy made his first profession begin at cornerback and produced a career-high six tackles and one move break-up.

• 4 Spartans on protection made their first profession begins: senior cornerback Dominique Lengthy, redshirt sophomore security Michael Dowell, redshirt freshman defensive sort out Jalen Hunt, and freshman nickelback Angelo Grose.

• Redshirt sophomore linebacker Chase Kline recorded a career-high six tackles.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Jayden Reed had a season-high 89 kick return yards.

Bryce Baringer punted six occasions for 237 yards (39.5 avg.), together with a game-long 56-yarder within the third quarter.

QUICK LOOK AT THE 2020 SCHEDULE –

• As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan State will play a shortened conference-only schedule in 2020. The Spartans opened preseason camp on Aug. 7 earlier than the Huge Ten Convention postponed the season on Aug. 11. On Sept. 16, the Huge Ten introduced the 2020 season would begin on Oct. 24 with a nine-game schedule.

• The Spartans opened the Mel Tucker period on Oct. 24 in opposition to Rutgers in Spartan Stadium. It marked the most recent season opener and residential opener in Michigan State historical past.

• Michigan State traveled to Ann Arbor to tackle the Wolverines in Michigan Stadium on Oct. 31, adopted by one other highway journey on Nov. 7 to face the Hawkeyes in Iowa Metropolis.

• MSU returned dwelling to face Indiana on Nov. 14 in Spartan Stadium within the battle for the Previous Brass Spittoon.

• The Nov. 21 recreation at Maryland was canceled as a consequence of COVID-19 precautions inside the Terrapin program.  

• The Spartans will host Northwestern on Thanksgiving Weekend to face the Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 28.

• The Spartans will host defending Huge Ten Champion Ohio State on Dec. 5 in Spartan Stadium and shut out the Huge Ten East portion of the schedule Dec. 12 at Penn State.

• On the final weekend of the season (Dec. 19), the Huge Ten will match groups from the East Division and the West Division for Huge Ten Champions Week.

SPARTANS FEATURING YOUNG ROSTER IN 2020 –

• Beneath is a take a look at the roster breakdown for the Spartans this season:

    • 46 freshmen (31 true/15 redshirt)

    • 34 sophomores (10 true/24 redshirt)

    • 21 juniors (1 true/20 redshirt)

    • 16 seniors (7 true/Eight redshirt/1 grad switch)

QUARTERBACKS

• Michigan State has 4 scholarship quarterbacks on its roster – redshirt junior Rocky Lombardi, redshirt sophomore Theo Day, redshirt freshman Payton Thorne and freshman Noah Kim. First-year offensive coordinator Jay Johnson is also the quarterbacks coach for the Spartans.

• Lombardi has began the primary 4 video games of the season and is 3-Four because the beginning quarterback for the Spartans (2-1 as redshirt freshman in 2018 when starter Brian Lewerke was injured; 1-Three in 2020). He was relieved within the second quarter of the Indiana recreation by Thorne.

• In his second collegiate recreation and first with prolonged motion (39 of 52 snaps), Thorne accomplished 10-of-20 passes for 110 yards and one interception in opposition to Indiana. In his first play of the sport within the second quarter, he scampered for a 38-yard rush, MSU’s longest rush from scrimmage this season. Thorne, who stands at 6-2, 210 kilos, redshirted his first yr on campus in 2019 and made his collegiate debut at Iowa with 4 snaps in opposition to the Hawkeyes. Though he spent a majority of his true freshman season on the scout crew, he did see an elevated period of time on the offense throughout bowl practices.

• Lombardi ranks fifth within the Huge Ten in passing with 222.5 yards per recreation. He has accomplished 57.1 p.c of his passes (68-of-119) for 890 yards, six touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Lombardi collected profession highs in passing yards in every of his first two video games in 2020 (319 vs. Rutgers; 323 vs. Michigan).

• Lombardi was named the Manning Award Nationwide Quarterback of the Week for his efficiency within the win at Michigan on Oct. 31 (17-of-32 passing for 323 yards and three TDs). He grew to become the primary Spartan quarterback since Jeff Smoker in 2003 to throw for greater than 300 yards within the first two video games of the season.

• Lombardi was 31-of-43 for 319 yards and three TDs within the season opener in opposition to Rutgers on Oct. 24.

• Final season, Michigan State had only one passing completion of 50-plus yards (64 yards from Brian Lewerke to Trenton Gillison in Pinstripe Bowl). This season in simply 4 video games, Lombardi has already accomplished 5 passes of 50-plus yards (57 yards to Jalen Nailor vs. Iowa; 56 yards to Nailor vs. Iowa; 53 yards to Nailor vs. Michigan; 50 yards to Jayden Reed vs. Rutgers; 50 yards to Ricky White vs. Michigan).

• Lombardi is the one quarterback on the roster with earlier beginning expertise, as he crammed in for Lewerke for 3 video games in the course of the 2018 season as a redshirt freshman, compiling a 2-1 document. He was named the Huge Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after main the Spartans to a 23-13 victory over Purdue on Oct. 27, 2018, in his first profession begin. Lombardi threw for 318 yards in opposition to the Boilermakers and accomplished 26-of-46 passes, together with two touchdowns; his 318 yards passing had been the second most by a Spartan QB making his first profession begin (Ed Smith threw for 324 yards in his first profession begin at North Carolina State in 1976).

• Lombardi began the ultimate two video games of the 2018 common season at Nebraska on Nov. 17 and in opposition to Rutgers on Nov. 24 in Spartan Stadium. In his second profession begin at quarterback vs. Nebraska on Nov. 17, Lombardi collected 199 yards of complete offense. He accomplished 15-of-41 passes for 146 yards and ran for a career-high 53 yards on 9 carries (5.9 avg.). Within the win over Rutgers, Lombardi was 19-of-43 for 173 yards, one TD and one interception. Lombardi performed quarterback in seven video games (eight video games general; punted as soon as in an emergency state of affairs at Arizona State). He was 68-of-154 (.442) passing for 738 yards, three TDs and three interceptions.

• As a redshirt sophomore in 2019, the 6-5, 225-pound Lombardi performed sparingly, taking 51 snaps over the course of eight video games of motion. He accomplished 7-of-21 passes for 74 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions.

• The 6-5, 225-pound Day made two appearances final season, taking one snap in opposition to Western Michigan and 5 snaps vs. Penn State. He was 2-of-Three passing for 12 yards in opposition to the Nittany Lions.

RUNNING BACKS

• By means of 4 video games, true freshman Jordon Simmons leads the crew in carries (42) and dashing yards (147; 36.Eight ypg; 3.5 avg.). After dashing for 43 yards in his collegiate debut in opposition to Rutgers on 14 carries, Simmons had 55 yards on 14 carries at No. 13/14 Michigan. Simmons made his first profession begin within the Indiana recreation on Nov. 14.

• Redshirt junior Connor Heyward, who solely performed in 4 video games in 2019 to protect his redshirt season, began the primary three video games of the yr for the Spartans. A finalist for the Paul Hornung Award as a sophomore in 2018, Heyward has 701 dashing yards and 5 TDs on 173 carries in 33 profession video games, together with 12 begins. A flexible again with glorious fingers, Heyward additionally has 52 profession receptions, most of any lively Spartan, for 366 yards and 4 TDs, together with two landing catches within the win at No. 13/14 Michigan.

• After preserving his redshirt yr in 2018 by showing in simply three video games, Elijah Collins had a breakthrough season as a redshirt freshman for the Spartans in 2019, main the crew and rating fourth within the Huge Ten with 988 dashing yards (76.Zero avg.). Collins, who earned third-team All-Huge Ten honors by the media and Professional Soccer Focus, was simply 12 yards shy of turning into MSU’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Jeremy Langford in 2014 and rushed for the second-most yards ever by a Spartan freshman (document: Sedrick Irvin with 1,067 yards in 1996). Collins’ 222 carries had been additionally essentially the most by a Spartan again since Langford in 2014 (276) and essentially the most by a Spartan freshman since Irvin (237) in 1996.

• The Detroit, Michigan, native emerged as one of many prime freshman operating backs within the nation in 2019, rating third amongst all FBS freshman RBs in carries (222; 17.1 pg) and fifth in dashing (76.Zero ypg). In his first profession begin in opposition to Western Michigan in Week 2, Collins rapidly burst onto the scene with 192 dashing yards on simply 17 carries (11.Three avg.), the second-most dashing yards ever by a Spartan freshman in a single recreation. He additionally had 100-yard dashing video games in opposition to Illinois (170) and Rutgers (109) and had 96 yards on 21 carries in MSU’s Pinstripe Bowl win over Wake Forest. Collins has been named to look at lists for the Maxwell Award (participant of the yr) and Doak Walker Award (nation’s prime operating again). He has rushed 19 occasions for 22 yards in 4 video games in 2020.

• Sophomore Brandon Wright, who performed in six video games (18 carries for 48 yards) to letter as a real freshman, has six carries for 13 yards in 4 video games this season.

• First-year assistant William Peagler is teaching the operating backs for the Spartans.

WIDE RECEIVERS

• The Spartans misplaced their prime two receivers from final season in Darrell Stewart and Cody White, however the outlook is shiny with a number of younger, promising prospects on the place. The group is coached by former Spartan star Courtney Hawkins, who along with incomes first-team All-Huge Ten honors twice in faculty additionally spent 9 seasons taking part in within the NFL.

• In his first recreation sporting the Inexperienced and White, redshirt sophomore Jayden Reed had 11 catches for 128 yards and two scores in opposition to Rutgers, turning into the primary Spartan to document 100 yards receiving in his debut; Reed transferred from Western Michigan and sat out the 2019 season. Reed was a FWAA Freshman All-American in his lone season with the Broncos in 2017 with 56 catches for 797 yards and eight TDs; he additionally had 12 punt returns for 215 yards (17.9 avg.), together with a 93-yarder returned for a rating.

• Reed leads the crew with 20 catches for 216 yards (54.Zero ypg; 10.Eight avg.) by 4 video games.

• Vast receiver Ricky White was named the Huge Ten Co-Freshman of the Week and the Professional Soccer Focus Nationwide True Freshman of the Week after setting an MSU freshman single-game document with 196 receiving yards on eight catches within the win over Michigan. Making his first profession begin, White made a number of massive performs, together with catches of 50, 40, 31 and 30 yards. He hauled in a 30-yard move from Rocky Lombardi in the long run zone within the first quarter for his first profession landing as a Spartan. White’s 196 receiving yards had been the second-highest complete for a Spartan receiver in opposition to Michigan (Plaxico Burress with 255 yards in 1999) and tied for seventh most general in a recreation in MSU historical past.

• White ranks second within the Huge Ten with 22.Three yards per catch and is 18th with 55.Eight receiving yards per recreation (10 for 223).

• Redshirt sophomore Jalen Nailor has supplied glimpses of his potential as a playmaker his first two seasons, which have been restricted as a consequence of accidents, however he ought to have much more of an opportunity to make an influence on the sphere as a full-time starter in 2020. He at the moment ranks second on the crew with 13 catches for 280 yards (70.Zero ypg; 21.5 avg.). He ranks among the many Huge Ten leaders in yards per catch (third with 21.5 avg.) and receiving yards (12th with 70.Zero ypg).

• Nailor entered the 2019 season as a starter however missed 9 video games after the season opener as a consequence of a foot damage; he returned for the ultimate three video games of the season and helped spark a three-game profitable streak to shut out the yr. The Spartans are 10-6 with Nailor within the lineup, together with a 4-Zero mark final season. As a freshman, Nailor confirmed his big-play capacity with three touchdowns in eight video games, together with a 75-yard run at Indiana and a 48-yard reception on a flip move in opposition to Purdue. In 4 video games final season, Nailor had 15 receptions for 106 yards, highlighted by a five-catch, 50-yard efficiency within the New Period Pinstripe Bowl in opposition to Wake Forest.

• Nailor hauled in a career-best six receptions for 84 yards, together with a 30-yard landing within the third quarter, in opposition to Rutgers. He had a career-high 119 yards on 4 catches (29.Eight avg.) at Iowa.

• Though he solely performed within the ultimate six video games of the season as a real freshman, Tre Mosley nonetheless ranked fourth on the crew with 21 catches for 216 yards and is predicted to have a fair larger position within the offense as a sophomore. He burst onto the scene with 4 grabs for 37 yards in opposition to No. 6 Penn State and continued to make an influence down the stretch, together with eight catches for 73 in opposition to vs. Maryland and 4 receptions for 50 yards within the New Period Pinstripe Bowl victory over Wake Forest. Mosley was injured within the season opener vs. Rutgers and has not seen motion the previous three video games.

• Along with Ricky White, two extra true freshmen have seen time within the taking part in rotation: Montorie Foster and Terry Lockett Jr.

• Redshirt freshman Cade McDonald made his collegiate debut at Michigan and caught two passes within the fourth quarter in opposition to the Wolverines.

TIGHT ENDS

• Though the Spartans misplaced starter Matt Seybert to commencement, 5 letterwinners return at tight finish for the Spartans. The group shall be coached by veteran Ted Gilmore, who has 25 years of expertise on the FBS and NFL ranks.

• Three-year letterwinner Matt Dotson, who sadly suffered a season-ending Achilles damage vs. Illinois on Nov. 9, 2019, has 37 receptions for 379 yards and two TDs in 33 profession video games. He caught 5 passes for 50 yards within the season opener vs. Rutgers, however has missed the final two video games as a consequence of an damage.

• Redshirt sophomore Trenton Gillison confirmed off his potential within the New Period Pinstripe Bowl victory over Wake Forest, catching 4 passes for 88 yards, together with a season-long 64-yard reception within the second quarter that arrange a Spartan landing. Gillison has 5 catches for 49 yards in 4 video games this season.

• Sophomore Adam Berghorst, who was drafted as a right-handed pitcher out of highschool and performs on the Spartan baseball crew, has performed in all 4 video games this season with 28 snaps at tight finish.

• Redshirt junior Tyler Hunt (6-2, 235), who joined this system as a walk-on kicker/punter in 2017, made the transition to tight finish throughout preseason camp. He made his season debut at Iowa and scored his first profession landing on a 1-yard jet sweep within the third quarter. Hunt began 5 video games in 2018 at punter.

OFFENSIVE LINE

• For the second season in a row, Michigan State suffered a rash of accidents on the offensive line in 2019, resulting in seven totally different beginning mixtures in 13 video games, together with 5 of the final six video games. The previous 26 video games in 2018 and 2019, MSU had 16 totally different beginning o-line mixtures. The excellent news for the Spartans is that the o-line unit returns 11 letterwinners, together with 10 with a number of video games of beginning expertise. Veteran coach Chris Kapilovic mentors the offensive line for the Spartans.

• Three-year letterwinner and fifth-year senior Matt Allen, who was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch Record, returned for his third season because the beginning heart to guide the group however has missed the final three video games (Michigan, Iowa, Indiana) as a consequence of an damage. Sophomore Nick Samac, who began 4 video games as a real freshman in 2019 at heart, has changed Allen within the beginning lineup the previous three weeks.

• The accidents in 2019 particularly took a toll at left sort out, as MSU began 4 totally different gamers on the place all through the season. A kind of gamers, redshirt senior AJ Arcuri, is again in 2020 and has began the primary 4 video games at left sort out this season. He has 9 profession begins at left sort out (5 in 2019; 4 in 2020).

• Redshirt junior Blake Bueter and sophomore J.D. Duplain have break up time this yr at left guard. Bueter began the primary two video games, however Duplain acquired the beginning nod vs. Iowa and Indiana. Duplain began the ultimate 5 video games of 2019 at left guard as a real freshman. Bueter has 11 video games of beginning expertise general (4 at proper guard, 4 at heart, two at left guard, one as further OL in jumbo formation).

• Redshirt junior Matt Carrick held down the beginning proper guard spot in 11 video games final yr and has began all 4 video games on the place this season.

Kevin Jarvis, who was a two-year starter at proper guard in 2017-18, moved to left sort out in the beginning of the 2019 season as a consequence of accidents alongside the road. Jarvis began three video games earlier than shedding the rest of his season following an damage in opposition to Arizona State in Week 3. Jarvis did protect his redshirt season by taking part in in simply three video games and is now again in 2020 because the beginning proper sort out. Jarvis has began 24 profession video games (17 at proper guard, three at left sort out, 4 at proper sort out).

• Senior Jordan Reid had began 26 consecutive video games at proper sort out and was the one offensive lineman to start out each recreation the previous two seasons, however elected to decide out of the 2020 season. Reid performed a team-high 964 snaps as a sophomore in 2018 and once more led the crew with 950 snaps in 2019.

DEFENSIVE LINE

• Michigan State’s line of defense misplaced three multi-year starters, as All-American defensive finish Kenny Willekes (38 begins) and defensive tackles Mike Panasiuk (41 begins) and Raequan Williams (42 begins) all graduated in December. The road has a well-recognized face teaching the room, nonetheless, as Ron Burton is in his eighth yr at Michigan State. Burton, the one two-time winner of the FootballScoop Defensive Line Coach of the 12 months (2013, 2018), spent his first 4 years in East Lansing teaching the line of defense, then targeted on defensive tackles from 2017-19. He’s again to teaching your complete d-line beneath first-year head coach Mel Tucker, whereas Secchia Household Defensive Coordinator Scottie Hazelton will even help with the defensive ends.

• Senior Jacub Panasiuk, a two-year starter at defensive finish, returns in 2020 to guide the group after posting profession highs in tackles (34), tackles for loss (11) and sacks (5) final season as a junior. The youthful Panasiuk has performed in 42 profession video games, together with a team-best 27 consecutive begins, and has collected 103 tackles, 21.Zero tackles for loss and 9 sacks in his profession. He leads the d-ends with 23 stops, together with 2.5 TFLs, in 2020.

• On the opposite finish of the road, fifth-year senior Drew Beesley has seen in depth motion the previous two seasons and is now in a beginning position. Beesley performed 261 snaps in all 13 video games final season and recorded six tackles for loss and 14 stops general. Within the opener in opposition to Rutgers, Beesley had a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss, together with a 7-yard sack, with six tackles general. For the season, Beesley has 11 stops and a couple of.5 TFLs.

• Redshirt freshman Michael Fletcher, who was rated the No. 1 defensive finish prospect within the state of Michigan popping out of highschool, missed the primary half of the 2019 season with an damage and preserved his redshirt yr; he’s more likely to see elevated taking part in time as nicely in 2020. He has eight tackles within the first 4 video games. Jack Camper (R-Jr.) additionally provides depth on the place (seven tackles in 4 video games).

• Up the center, the Spartans are shedding two stalwarts in Mike Panasiuk and Raequan Williams, who began 41 profession video games alongside one another from 2017-19. Fifth-year senior Naquan Jones has taken over a beginning position after seeing common time within the taking part in rotation the previous three seasons. The 6-4, 340-pound native of Evanston, Illinois, has 64 tackles, together with 9.Zero TFLs and three sacks, in 43 profession video games. Redshirt sophomore Jacob Slade additionally gained useful expertise final season to earn his first letter, taking part in 262 snaps in all 13 video games. He flashed his potential within the New Period Pinstripe Bowl, posting a career-best two tackles for loss and his first profession sack, and is now a starter alongside Jones.

LINEBACKERS

• Senior Antjuan Simmons, who had a breakout season with a team-leading 90 tackles and a career-best 15 tackles for loss as junior in 2019, returns to the beginning lineup for the Spartans. He was named to look at lists for the Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy coming into the season.

• Simmons, who has began 17 consecutive video games, leads the crew in tackles and ranks second within the Huge Ten and tied for 28th within the FBS, averaging 10.Zero stops per recreation (40 complete). Simmons tallied a career-high 14 tackles vs. Indiana and has double-digit stops in three of 4 video games this season (11 vs. Rutgers, 11 vs. Michigan).

• A local of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Simmons is also tied for the crew lead with 4.5 tackles for loss and his 21.5 profession TFLs are most amongst lively Spartans. With 196 profession tackles, Simmons wants simply 4 extra to achieve the 200-tackle milestone. He additionally ranks No. 28 amongst lively FBS gamers in sort out assists (105).

• Redshirt junior Noah Harvey additionally has beginning expertise after stepping up on the finish of the 2019 marketing campaign and beginning the ultimate 5 video games (two at weakside linebacker, three at strongside linebacker). He ranked eighth on the crew with a career-high 49 tackles, together with 42 stops throughout his beginning assignments, and had a career-high 14 tackles within the New Period Pinstripe Bowl victory over Wake Forest. Harvey ranks second on the Spartans with 29 tackles and tied for first with 4.5 tackles for loss in 4 begins this season.

• Redshirt sophomore Chase Kline has seen common time within the taking part in rotation and already has a career-high 16 tackles in 4 video games.

• The linebacker room is coached by first-year assistant Ross Els, who can also be serving because the particular groups coordinator.

SECONDARY

• Former Spartan All-American Harlon Barnett, who coached the secondary at MSU for 11 seasons from 2007-17, returns in 2020 to educate the cornerbacks, whereas longtime Spartan defensive assistant Mike Tressel coaches the safeties. Though the Spartans misplaced two three-year starters in security David Dowell and cornerback Josiah Scott, the secondary nonetheless returned 11 letterwinners in 2020.

• Redshirt junior defensive again Shakur Brown is tied for second within the Huge Ten with three interceptions within the first 4 video games. Brown had two picks in opposition to Indiana, turning into the primary Spartan to document two interceptions in the identical recreation since David Dowell in 2017 vs. Penn State.

• Brown, who has began two video games at nickelback and two video games at cornerback this season, additionally has a team-high 4 move break-ups this season to guide the Huge Ten and rank eighth within the FBS with 1.Eight passes defended per recreation (three interceptions, 4 move break-ups).

• Redshirt sophomore Kalon Gervin additionally has beginning expertise after incomes the task at nook at Ohio State in 2019, and performed in 10 video games general with eight tackles. He has earned begins in three video games this season (missed Indiana recreation) and has 10 tackles with two move break-ups.

• Redshirt sophomore Chris Jackson began the primary two video games of the season at cornerback for the primary begins of his profession, however has missed the final two video games (Iowa, Indiana). Jackson had a career-high six tackles within the victory at Michigan.

• Sophomore Julian Barnett, who performed broad receiver final season, earned his first profession begin on protection at nickelback at Iowa, because the secondary reshuffled following Jackson’s absence. Barnett was a highschool All-American as a cornerback.

• As a consequence of accidents, three members of the Spartan secondary made their first profession begins in opposition to Indiana: senior cornerback Dominique Lengthy, redshirt sophomore security Michael Dowell, and freshman nickelback Angelo Grose.

• Junior Xavier Henderson returns as one of many beginning safeties after rating second on the crew with 83 tackles throughout his sophomore marketing campaign in 2019. He additionally had two interceptions and two tackles for loss in beginning all 13 video games and taking part in 838 snaps, most within the secondary and second-most general on the protection. He has 23 stops within the first 4 video games.

• Senior Tre Individual has performed at each cornerback and security throughout his profession, together with 4 begins at cornerback in 2018, however he primarily performed security final season. He began at security the primary three video games this fall however missed the Indiana recreation. He has 19 tackles, one sack, one move break-up and one compelled fumble in 2020.

• Redshirt sophomore Michael Dowell performed 94 snaps final yr, primarily in third-down conditions, and also will compete for added taking part in time. He made his first profession begin vs. Indiana and has 17 tackles in 4 video games.

SPECIAL TEAMS

• Placekicker: Fifth-year senior Matt Coghlin is in his fourth yr because the crew’s beginning placekicker and is third at school historical past with 59 subject targets made. Coghlin was a BTN All-Freshman Group honoree in 2017 (15-of-19 on FGs) and was 18-of-22 on field-goal makes an attempt as a sophomore to earn first-team All-Huge Ten honors by the media. Final season, Coghlin made a career-high 22 subject targets, tied for second most in MSU single-season historical past; that complete additionally ranked second within the convention and tied for 11th within the FBS. Coghlin, nonetheless, is trying to enhance his accuracy his senior season (22-of-32, .688 in 2019). He has began the yr 4-for-6 on field-goal makes an attempt, together with a career-long 51-yarder at Michigan.

• Punter: Following the departure of longtime starter Jake Hartbarger, the Spartans entered 2020 on the lookout for a brand new punter. Redshirt junior Bryce Baringer, who joined the crew as a walk-on and punted 15 occasions in 2018, didn’t play final season however has earned the beginning job. Baringer ranks third within the Huge Ten and 14th within the FBS in punting, averaging 45.5 yards. He has eight punts of 50-plus yards with a protracted of 78 yards, and 4 contained in the 20. He was credited with a brand new profession lengthy 78-yard punt within the second quarter at Michigan, good for the sixth-longest punt at school historical past and longest since Brandon Fields with a 79-yarder in 2003 vs. Notre Dame.

• Graduate switch Mitchell Crawford, a two-year beginning punter from UTEP, additionally joined the crew in 2020. He made his Spartan debut at Iowa (4 punts for 149 yards; 37.2 avg.).

• Lengthy Snapper: Sophomore Jude Pedrozo needed to take over the beginning duties final season as a real freshman following a season-ending damage to fifth-year senior Ryan Armour within the season opener. Pedrozo is again in 2020 after a formidable first season by which he was anticipated to seemingly redshirt.

• Kickoff specialist: Redshirt junior Cole Hahn was the crew’s main kickoff specialist final season, averaging 57.1 yards with 9 touchbacks on 52 kickoffs. Coghlin and Hahn break up kickoff duties in opposition to Rutgers, however Coghlin has earned that position prior to now three video games (64.Three avg., six touchbacks in 11 kickoffs).

• Kick return: Redshirt sophomore Jayden Reed has returned 11 kickoffs for 213 yards (19.Four avg.) with a protracted of 36 yards vs. Indiana.

• Punt return: Redshirt junior Jalen Nailor returned two punts for 18 yards vs. Rutgers, however did fumble a return within the fourth quarter that led to a Scarlet Knight landing.

 

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