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Spartans Journey to No. 13 Michigan in Battle for Paul Bunyan Trophy

Recreation 2: Michigan State (0-1) at No. 13/14 Michigan (1-0)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 31
Kickoff: 12:05 p.m. EDT
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Stadium: Michigan Stadium (107,601)
Floor: FieldTurf
Tickets: No public sale

TV/Net/Cellular: FOX/FOX Sports activities app/FOXSportsGo.com
Announcers: Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (analyst), Jenny Taft (sideline)

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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 10:30 a.m.

All-Time Collection: UM leads, 71-36-5
Collection in Ann Arbor: UM leads, 50-22-3
Massive Ten Video games: UM leads, 38-27-2
Final Assembly: Michigan 44, MSU 10 (2019)
Present Collection Streak: 2 by UM (2018-)

COACHES:

MSU Head Coach: Mel Tucker

MSU Report: 0-1 (first season)

Total Report: 5-8 (second season)

Report vs. Michigan: 0-0

Michigan Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh

Michigan Report: 48-18 (sixth season)

Total Report: 106-45 (13th season)

Report vs. MSU: 3-2

FIRST-AND-10 –

• Michigan State will search for its ninth win within the final 13 conferences towards Michigan because the Spartans tackle the No. 13/14 Wolverines Saturday, Oct. 31 in Ann Arbor. Kickoff is ready for 12:05 p.m. in Michigan Stadium. The sport will probably be televised nationally on FOX, with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft on the decision. The Spartans (0-1) fell at dwelling final Saturday within the season opener to Rutgers, 38-27, whereas the Wolverines beat then No. 21/21 Minnesota, 49-24, in Minneapolis.

• Michigan State has gained 4 of the final six conferences over Michigan in Ann Arbor, together with two of the final three matchups. Though the Spartans fell to No. 15 Michigan final yr in Ann Arbor, MSU defeated the No. 7 Wolverines in 2017, 14-10, and in 2015 the Spartans beat No. 12 Michigan, 27-23, as Jalen Watts-Jackson scooped up a fumbled snap on a punt try and ran it again 38 yards for a TD as time expired. The unforgettable landing was named the No. 1 play of the 2015 season on the ESPN School Soccer Awards Present in Atlanta on Dec. 10.

• Saturday’s sport marks the 113th assembly between Michigan State and Michigan. The Wolverines lead the all-time sequence, 71-36-5, together with a 50-22-Three document in Ann Arbor; nonetheless, since 1950, Michigan holds simply an eight-game edge, 38-30-2. Since 1953, the winner of the Michigan State-Michigan sport has been offered the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The four-foot wood statue was donated by then-Governor G. Mennen Williams to mark Michigan State’s acceptance into the Massive Ten. Since 1953, Michigan leads the sequence 38-27-2. The trophy depicts the legendary big lumberjack astride an axe with ft planted on a map of the state with flags representing the faculties.

• 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 monitor 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 total in his teaching profession.

• In 143 video games as a full-time coach within the FBS, Tucker’s groups have collected a 106-37 (.741) 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). He coached 160 video games within the Nationwide Soccer League (64 with Cleveland, 64 with Jacksonville, 32 with Chicago).

• As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan State is taking part in a shortened nine-game convention solely schedule in 2020, and Oct. 24 marked the most recent season and residential opener in class historical past. Michigan State opened preseason camp on Aug. 7 and held 4 practices earlier than the Massive Ten season was postponed on Aug. 11. On Sept. 16, the Massive Ten introduced the season would restart and the primary weekend of video games could be on Oct. 23-24. The Spartans returned to the apply area on Sept. 21 and practiced for the primary time in full pads on Sept. 30 in preparation for the season opener. Though the annual MSU-Michigan sport is on Oct. 31, it marks the primary time since 1960 the 2 rivals will probably be assembly in simply the second sport of the season.

• This marks the primary time Michigan State will play at Michigan in consecutive seasons since 1967 and 1968.  With the up to date 2020 convention schedule, six division video games had the situation modified, together with two for MSU (Michigan State at Michigan; Indiana at Michigan State). Given the distinctive circumstances that went into this yr’s scheduling course of, flexibility within the schedule was prioritized. The rotation of those video games in future seasons will probably be reset primarily based on this yr’s location.

• The Spartans welcome again 20 gamers with beginning expertise on offense in 2020, together with redshirt sophomore working again Elijah Collins, who earned third-team All-Massive Ten honors final season after main the Spartans and rating fourth within the Massive Ten with 988 dashing yards (76.Zero ypg). Collins is the main returning rusher within the Massive Ten in 2020. MSU is returning 10 gamers with beginning expertise on the offensive line, led by multi-year starters Matt Allen, Luke Campbell and Kevin Jarvis. Senior Jordan Reid, a two-year beginning proper deal with, elected to choose out of the 2020 season.

• Though the Spartans are changing seven starters on the defensive aspect of the ball, the Spartans carry again main tackler and senior linebacker Antjuan Simmons, who racked up 90 stops in his first season as a starter in 2019. Senior defensive finish Jacub Panasiuk recorded profession highs in sacks (5) and tackles for loss (11) final yr and can anchor the line of defense following the departure of All-American Kenny Willekes.

STAT LEADERS –

Michigan State:


Dashing – Fr. Jordon Simmons (14 carries for 43 yards, 3.1 avg., Zero TDs)

Passing – R-Jr. Rocky Lombardi (31-of-43, .721, 319 yards, Three TDs, 2 INTs)

Receiving – R-So. Jayden Reed (11 catches for 128 yards, 11.6 avg., 2 TDs)

Tackles – Sr. Antjuan Simmons (11 tackles, Four solos, 7 assists, 3.Zero TFLs, 1 FR)

Michigan:

Dashing – Jr. Hassan Haskins (6 carries for 82 yards, 13.7 avg., 2 TDs)

Passing – Jr. Joe Milton (15-of-22, .682, 225 yards, 1 TD, Zero INTs)

Receiving – Jr. Ronnie Bell (Four catches for 74 yards, 18.5 avg., Zero TDs)

Tackles – Sr. Josh Ross (9 tackles, 5 solos, Four assists, 1 INT)

A QUICK GLANCE AT NO. 13/14 MICHIGAN (1-0, 1-Zero B1G)

• The Wolverines opened the season with a 49-24 win at then No. 21/21 Minnesota Saturday evening, as junior quarterback Joe Milton made the primary begin of his profession, going 15-of-22 passing for 225 yards with one TD and was sacked as soon as, together with dashing for 52 yards on eight makes an attempt and one dashing rating . . . the Wolverine protection recorded 5 sacks, whereas posting 5 passes defended with one interception and 4 move break-ups, including one fumble restoration.

• After Minnesota scored first, Michigan opened a 21-10 benefit late within the opening quarter and the Wolverines prolonged their result in 35-17 at halftime . . . the Golden Gophers scored halfway via the third quarter to tug inside 35-24, however Michigan pulled away with a TD later within the third stanza and one other TD early within the fourth quarter for the ultimate scoring.

• Michigan posted 481 yards of complete offense, with 256 on the bottom and 225 via the air, whereas yielding 326 yards of complete offense to Minnesota, with 197 yards passing and 129 yards dashing.

• Milton accomplished a move to 9 totally different receivers, with 4 snaring a number of receptions, led by junior huge receiver Ronnie Bell’s 4 catches for 74 yards, as seven of the 9 totally different receivers have been both freshmen or sophomores . . . seven totally different gamers had a dashing try, led by junior working again Hassan Haskins with six carries for 82 yards and two TDs, whereas sophomore working again Zach Charbonnet had 4 rushes for 70 yards, with all 70 yards approaching a 70-yard TD within the first quarter for UM’s first rating of the sport, and senior working again Chris Evans added one other dashing TD, a 5-yard scamper early within the fourth quarter to finish the scoring.

• The Wolverine protection was led by senior linebacker Josh Ross with 9 tackles and one interception, whereas junior defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson added eight stops . . . senior defensive lineman Kwity Paye had three tackles for loss with two sacks, whereas senior defensive lineman Donovan Jeter had a 15-yard fumble restoration for a TD.

MSU/MICHIGAN SERIES NOTES –

• Saturday’s sport marks the 113th assembly between Michigan State and Michigan. The Wolverines lead the all-time sequence, 71-36-5, together with a 50-22-Three document in Ann Arbor; nonetheless, since 1950, Michigan holds simply an eight-game edge, 38-30-2.

• Michigan State has gained 4 of the final six conferences over Michigan in Ann Arbor, together with two of the final three matchups. Though the Spartans fell to No. 15 Michigan final yr in Ann Arbor, MSU defeated the No. 7 Wolverines in 2017, 14-10, and in 2015 the Spartans beat No. 12 Michigan, 27-23, as Jalen Watts-Jackson scooped up a fumbled snap on a punt try and ran it again 38 yards for a TD as time expired. The unforgettable landing was named the No. 1 play of the 2015 season on the ESPN School Soccer Awards Present in Atlanta on Dec. 10.

BATTLE FOR THE PAUL BUNYAN TROPHY –

• Since 1953, the winner of the Michigan State-Michigan sport has been offered the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The four-foot wood statue was donated by then-Governor G. Mennen Williams to mark Michigan State’s acceptance into the Massive Ten. Since 1953, Michigan leads the sequence 38-27-2. The trophy depicts the legendary big lumberjack astride an axe with ft planted on a map of the state with flags representing the faculties.

BATTLE FOR IN-STATE BRAGGING RIGHTS –

• Michigan State’s 2020 roster options 49 gamers from the state of Michigan.

SPARTANS RANK SECOND IN ALL-TIME VICTORIES vs. MICHIGAN –

• Michigan State ranks second amongst opponents in all-time victories over Michigan. Solely Ohio State (52) has posted extra wins over the Wolverines than the Spartans (36).

SPARTANS RANK SECOND IN ALL-TIME VICTORIES AT MICHIGAN STADIUM –

• Michigan State ranks second amongst opponents in all-time victories over Michigan at Michigan Stadium. Solely Ohio State (22) has posted extra wins over the Wolverines than the Spartans (20) at Michigan Stadium (opened in 1927). As well as, solely Ohio State (24) has recorded extra wins over Michigan in Ann Arbor than the Spartans (22).

LONG HISTORY OF BIG WINS OVER MICHIGAN –

• Michigan State has defeated Michigan 20 occasions when the Wolverines have been ranked within the AP High 25, together with 11 wins within the high 10.

MSU’S LAST-SECOND WIN AT MICHIGAN IN 2015 PRODUCED NO. 1 PLAY OF THE SEASON –

• Michigan State’s Jalen Watts-Jackson scooped up a fumbled snap on a punt try and ran it again 38 yards for a TD as time expired to provide No. 7 Michigan State a 27-23 victory at No. 12 Michigan on Oct. 17, 2015. The unforgettable landing was named the No. 1 play of the 2015 season on the ESPN School Soccer Awards Present in Atlanta on Dec. 10.

GROUND GAME KEY FACTOR IN THIS SERIES –

•  The group with the most efficient floor assault has gained 45 of the final 50 video games within the MSU-UM sequence.

LAST TIME OUT: RUTGERS 37, MSU 28

• Michigan State had its 21-game profitable streak snapped in dwelling season openers after falling to Rutgers, 38-27 . . . the Spartans’ final loss at dwelling to start out a season got here in 1998 to Colorado State . . . MSU is 102-22 all-time in dwelling openers.

• The Spartans had their six-game profitable streak towards Rutgers snapped . . . MSU is 6-1 towards Rutgers in Massive Ten play (since 2014) and 8-Four total.

• Michigan State is now 84-37-Three all-time in season openers . . . final Saturday marked the primary season-opening loss for the Spartans since 2008 at California.

OFFENSE:

• Redshirt junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi recorded profession highs in passing yards (319), move completions (31) and passing touchdowns (3) . . . Lombardi is now 2-2 because the beginning quarterback for the Spartans (2-1 as redshirt freshman in 2018 when starter Brian Lewerke was injured).

• In his first sport carrying the Inexperienced and White, redshirt sophomore Jayden Reed had 11 catches for 128 yards and two scores, turning into the primary Spartan to document 100 yards receiving in his debut; Reed transferred from Western Michigan and sat out the 2019 season.

• Redshirt sophomore Jalen Nailor hauled in a career-best six receptions for 84 yards, together with a 30-yard landing within the third quarter.

DEFENSE:

• Senior linebacker Antjuan Simmons led the Spartans with profession highs in each tackles (11) and tackles for loss (Three for Eight yards). He additionally had a fumble restoration and one quarterback hurry.

• Redshirt senior defensive finish Drew Beesley had a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss, together with a 7-yard sack, with six tackles total.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Matt Coghlin’s 48-yard area purpose to finish the primary half tied the second-longest of his profession, behind a 49-yarder in 2018 season-opener vs. Utah State (8/31/18) and matching a 48-yarder vs. Purdue (10/27/18) . . . Coghlin now has 17 profession video games with at the least two made area targets, together with his final 4 video games taking part in going again to 2019 . . . he additionally now has made 18 profession area targets of 40+ yards . . . Coghlin ranks tied for third in MSU historical past with 57 area targets made.

A LOOK AT THE COACHING STAFF:

• Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker, who was formally employed on Feb. 12, spent the primary two weeks of his tenure placing collectively his workers. He rounded out his 10 on-field teaching hires on Feb. 28, when he named Scottie Hazelton the Secchia Household Defensive Coordinator. Tucker’s first strikes have been to retain defensive coaches Ron Burton and Mike Tressel on the workers. For full bios on all of Tucker’s workers, please go to msuspartans.com.

• A 24-year teaching veteran with stints in any respect ranges of collegiate soccer and the NFL, Scottie Hazelton arrives in East Lansing after spending one season because the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Kansas State in 2019. Hazelton made an instantaneous influence in his solely season at Kansas State, because the Wildcats ranked among the many greatest defensive groups within the Massive 12. KSU was second within the convention in scoring protection, permitting simply 21.Four factors per sport, this system’s greatest mark since 2003. A part of the explanation for Ok-State’s success on protection was the dramatic enchancment on third downs; beneath Hazelton, the Wildcats ranked first within the Massive 12 and second within the FBS in third-down protection (.280), in comparison with eighth within the league and 110th within the FBS the season prior (.448). Total, the Wildcats ranked fourth within the Massive 12 in complete protection (368.Four ypg), one of the best for this system since 2013.

Jay Johnson will function the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Johnson, 50, is a veteran coach and administrator of 25 seasons, together with 10 as an offensive coordinator at 4 FBS faculties (Colorado, Minnesota, Louisiana, Southern Mississippi) along with teaching quarterbacks, working backs and tight ends as a place coach. Johnson arrives to East Lansing after serving because the offensive coordinator at Colorado for one season in 2019 beneath Tucker.

Chris Kapilovic (pronounced kuh-pil-oh-vick) joins the Spartan workers because the offensive line coach and run sport coordinator. Kapilovic has almost 30 years of teaching expertise, together with roles as an offensive coordinator and/or run sport coordinator at Southern Mississippi (2008-11), North Carolina (2012-18) and Colorado (2019). He has coached a number of NFL gamers, first-round draft picks and record-setting offenses throughout his profession.

• Former Spartan nice Courtney Hawkins is becoming a member of the offensive workers because the huge receivers coach. Hawkins, who performed 9 seasons within the NFL, involves Michigan State after serving as the pinnacle soccer coach and athletic director at his alma mater, Beecher Excessive College, in Flint, Michigan, since 2006.

Ted Gilmore will coach the tight ends for the Spartans. A 25-year teaching veteran with expertise on the FBS and NFL ranks, Gilmore has developed quite a few NFL gamers, draft picks and All-People throughout his teaching profession. He was named the 2011 FootballScoop Large Receivers Coach of the 12 months after mentoring consensus All-American Robert Woods and 2011 Freshman All-American Marqise Lee at USC. Gilmore, 52, spent the earlier 5 seasons (2015-19) because the huge receivers coach at Wisconsin; he was additionally the offensive move sport coordinator his final three years in Madison.

William Peagler is this system’s working backs coach. He was the director of high quality management for the offense final season at Colorado and has been teaching in faculty for the previous 10 seasons. This would be the fifth time he has been on the identical workers with offensive coordinator Jay Johnson (Michigan State, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Louisiana).

• A 30-year teaching veteran, particular groups coordinator/linebackers coach Ross Els spent the final three seasons (2017-19) as the within linebackers coach at Colorado; he added duties of particular groups coordinator beneath Tucker in 2019. Els, 53, has earlier expertise within the Massive Ten, serving because the defensive coordinator at Purdue in 2016 and 4 seasons at Nebraska beneath Coach Bo Pelini from 2011-14.

Harlon Barnett is again in East Lansing to educate the cornerbacks after two seasons (2018-19) because the defensive coordinator at Florida State. He was MSU’s affiliate head coach in 2017, his 11th season on the Spartan workers beneath Mark Dantonio, earlier than departing for FSU. Throughout Barnett’s time in East Lansing from 2007-17, the Spartans have been 100-45 with three Massive Ten Championships (2010, 2013, 2015) and have been chosen for the School Soccer Playoff in 2015. He coached the defensive backs his complete 11 years beneath Dantonio at MSU; he was promoted to assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator previous to Michigan State’s victory within the 2015 Cotton Bowl Traditional over Baylor, and was appointed this system’s affiliate head coach in June 2017.

Ron Burton, a 28-year teaching veteran who additionally performed 4 seasons within the NFL, is in his eighth season on the defensive workers at Michigan State and can coach the line of defense. He has coached in a bowl sport 12 of the previous 13 seasons, together with six bowls with the Spartans (2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton, 2015 School Soccer Playoff Semifinal, 2017 Vacation, 2018 Redbox, 2019 Pinstripe). After spending his first 4 seasons at MSU teaching all the line of defense, Burton shifted his focus to the defensive tackles for 3 seasons (2017-19). He’s the one coach to win the FootballScoop Nationwide Defensive Line Coach of the 12 months Award twice, an honor he gained for the second time in 2018 after MSU completed with the top-ranked dashing protection within the nation. Burton additionally gained the award throughout his first season in East Lansing in 2013 when the Spartans claimed the Massive Ten Championship, gained the Rose Bowl, and completed No. 2 within the FBS in complete protection and dashing protection.

Mike Tressel enters his 14th yr on the Spartan defensive workers, his first because the safeties coach. Tressel served as this system’s linebackers coach from 2007-19 and likewise was the particular groups coordinator his first eight seasons at MSU. As well as, he was the co-defensive coordinator for 3 seasons (2015-17) and the only real defensive coordinator for 2 seasons (2018-19), along with being the assistant head coach in 2019. Throughout Tressel’s tenure at MSU, the Spartans have ranked within the FBS High 10 in complete protection and dashing protection on six events (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018). 4 of these occasions, Michigan State additionally ranked among the many nation’s high 10 in scoring protection (2011, 2012, 2013, 2018). Michigan State has led the Massive Ten in dashing protection six occasions since 2007, together with No. 1 within the FBS in 2014 and 2018.

QUICK LOOK AT THE 2020 SCHEDULE –

• As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan State will play a shortened nine-game conference-only schedule in 2020. The Spartans opened preseason camp on Aug. 7 earlier than the Massive Ten Convention postponed the season on Aug. 11. On Sept. 16, the Massive 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 towards Rutgers in Spartan Stadium. It marked the most recent season opener and residential opener in Michigan State historical past.

• Michigan State will journey 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 returns dwelling to face Indiana on Nov. 14 in Spartan Stadium within the battle for the Previous Brass Spittoon. The Spartans have gained 10 of the final 11 conferences towards the Hoosiers, together with a 40-31 victory in East Lansing final yr.

• Michigan State heads to Maryland on Nov. 21 earlier than returning dwelling on Thanksgiving Weekend to face Northwestern on Saturday, Nov. 28.

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

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

SPARTANS FEATURING YOUNG ROSTER IN 2020 –

• Under is a have a look at the roster breakdown for the Spartans this season:

    • 47 freshmen (31 true/16 redshirt)

    • 35 sophomores (11 true/24 redshirt)

    • 21 juniors (1 true/20 redshirt)

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

ALL IN THE FAMILY –

• Michigan State has a deep household legacy on the 2020 roster, from siblings to fathers to relations. In reality, 10 gamers and 4 workers members have direct household connections who performed Spartan soccer, or are alumni of this system.

 
Legacy: Matt Allen (brothers Jack and Brian); Michael Dowell (brothers Andrew and David); Dallas Fincher (father Mark); Tate Hallock (father Ty, brother Tanner); Jacob Isaia (grandfather Bob Apisa); David Kruse (brother Connor); Darius Snow (uncle Percy); Alante Thomas (brother Lawrence).

 
Brothers: Jacob/Zach Slade

 
Coaches/Employees: Ron Burton (son, Reid)

Alumni: CB coach Harlon Barnett (CB from 1986-89), Director of Participant Engagement Darien Harris (LB from 2012-15), WR coach Courtney Hawkins (WR from 1988-91).

THE 2010s: A DECADE OF SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE FOR SPARTAN FOOTBALL –

• Michigan State simply accomplished its winningest decade in class historical past primarily based on complete wins, because the Spartans went 92-40 (.697) from 2010-19. The 92 wins have been third most within the Massive Ten and 13th most within the FBS.

• As well as, Michigan State turned the fifth Massive Ten program to win at the least 90 video games in a decade (Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin) and the 92 wins have been the seventh-most ever by any Massive Ten group in a decade.

• In the course of the 2010s, MSU gained six bowl video games (2012 Outback, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings, 2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton, 2017 Vacation, 2019 Pinstripe), three Massive Ten Championships (2010, 2013, 2015) and three Massive Ten Division titles (2011, 2013, 2015). The six bowl wins tied for second most by a Massive Ten group in a single decade.

• MSU’s .697 profitable share final decade was the fourth greatest in class historical past. MSU was the one college to complete within the top-six of the nationwide polls from 2013-15 (No. Three in 2013, No. 5 in 2014, No. 6 in 2015) and the 36 wins from 2013-15 marked the winningest three-year stretch within the historical past of this system.

• As well as, the Spartans have earned 12 bowl bids since 2007, together with a school-record 4 consecutive bowl victories (2012 Outback towards No. 18 Georgia, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings towards TCU, 2014 Rose Bowl Recreation towards No. 5 Stanford, 2015 Cotton Bowl Traditional towards No. Four Baylor).

SPARTAN POSITION NOTES

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 may also coach the quarterbacks for the Spartans.

• Redshirt junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi recorded profession highs in passing yards (319), move completions (31) and passing touchdowns (3) within the season opener towards Rutgers on Oct. 24. Lombardi is now 2-2 because the beginning quarterback for the Spartans (2-1 as redshirt freshman in 2018 when starter Brian Lewerke was injured).

• 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 Massive 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 towards the Boilermakers and accomplished 26-of-46 passes, together with two touchdowns; his 318 yards passing have 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 towards 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 total; punted as soon as in an emergency scenario 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 towards Western Michigan and 5 snaps vs. Penn State. He was 2-of-Three passing for 12 yards towards the Nittany Lions.

• Thorne, who stands at 6-2, 210 kilos, redshirted his first yr on campus in 2019. Though he spent a majority of his true freshman season on the scout group, he did see an elevated period of time on the offense throughout bowl practices.

RUNNING BACKS

• 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 group and rating fourth within the Massive Ten with 988 dashing yards (76.Zero avg.). Collins, who earned third-team All-Massive 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 have been additionally probably the most by a Spartan again since Langford in 2014 (276) and probably the most by a Spartan freshman since Irvin (237) in 1996.

• The Detroit, Michigan, native emerged as one of many high freshman working backs within the nation, 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 towards 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 sport. He additionally had 100-yard dashing video games towards 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 observe lists for the Maxwell Award (participant of the yr) and Doak Walker Award (nation’s high working again).

• MSU additionally performed two true freshman working backs in 2019 as Anthony Williams (12 video games) and Brandon Wright (six video games) contributed to the Spartan dashing assault. A flexible participant who has good arms within the backfield and may also return kicks, Williams recorded 118 dashing yards on 38 carries, six receptions for 77 yards, and 5 kickoffs for 93 yards. He expects to play a extra vital function within the offense throughout his second season with the Spartans. Wright did not play till the second half of the season, however nonetheless gained expertise with 18 carries for 48 yards.

• Redshirt junior Connor Heyward, who solely performed in 4 video games in 2019, may also return for the Spartans. A finalist for the Paul Hornung Award as a sophomore in 2018, Heyward has 636 dashing yards and 5 TDs on 152 carries in 30 profession video games, together with 10 begins. He had 24 carries for 79 yards and 7 catches for 52 yards and one TD within the first 4 video games of final season.

• The Spartans add two true freshmen who signed Nationwide Letters of Intent as a part of the 2020 recruiting class: Donavon Eaglin (Manvel, Texas) and Jordon Simmons (Marietta, Ga.). Simmons led the Spartans with 43 yards on 14 carries within the season opener vs. Rutgers.

• First-year assistant William Peagler will coach the working backs for the Spartans.

WIDE RECEIVERS

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

• In his first sport carrying the Inexperienced and White, redshirt sophomore Jayden Reed had 11 catches for 128 yards and two scores towards 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.

• Redshirt sophomore Jalen Nailor has offered glimpses of his potential as a playmaker his first two seasons, which have been restricted attributable to accidents, however he ought to have much more of an opportunity to make an influence on the sector as a full-time starter in 2020.

• Nailor entered the 2019 season as a starter however missed 9 video games after the season opener attributable to a foot harm; 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 9-Four with Nailor within the lineup, together with a 4-Zero mark final season. As a freshman, Nailor confirmed his big-play skill with three touchdowns in eight video games, together with a 75-yard run at Indiana and a 48-yard reception on a flip move towards 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 towards Wake Forest.

• Nailor hauled in a career-best six receptions for 84 yards, together with a 30-yard landing within the third quarter, towards Rutgers.

• Though he solely performed within the last six video games of the season as a real freshman, Tre Mosley nonetheless ranked fourth on the group with 21 catches for 216 yards and is anticipated to have an excellent greater function within the offense as a sophomore. He burst onto the scene with 4 grabs for 37 yards towards No. 6 Penn State and continued to make an influence down the stretch, together with eight catches for 73 towards vs. Maryland and 4 receptions for 50 yards within the New Period Pinstripe Bowl victory over Wake Forest.

• The group may also welcome 4 true freshmen in 2020 who signed Nationwide Letters of Intent with MSU: Montorie Foster, Terry Lockett Jr., Ian Stewart and Ricky White.

TIGHT ENDS

• Though the Spartans misplaced starter Matt Seybert to commencement, 5 letterwinners return at tight finish for the Spartans. The group will probably 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 harm vs. Illinois on Nov. 9, 2019, has 32 receptions for 329 yards and two TDs in 31 profession video games and is again and prepared this fall. He caught 5 passes for 50 yards within the season opener vs. Rutgers.

• 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. For the season, Gillison had 12 catches for 147 yards in 12 video games, together with three beginning assignments.

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 has 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 will mentor the offensive line for the Spartans.

• Three-year letterwinner and fifth-year senior Matt Allen, who was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch Checklist, returns for his third season because the beginning heart to guide the group. Allen began the primary eight video games at heart in 2019 however missed the final 4 video games of the common season after struggling an harm towards Penn State; he returned to motion within the Pinstripe Bowl win towards Wake Forest.

• With all the accidents in 2019, a number of younger linemen gained important expertise, which ought to pay dividends in 2020. MSU was considered one of simply two faculties within the FBS final fall, together with Stanford, to start out three true freshmen in the identical sport on the offensive line when Devontae Dobbs (LT), J.D. Duplain (LG) and Nick Samac (C) all began within the win at Rutgers. Dobbs stored his redshirt yr after taking part in in simply 4 video games, whereas Duplain and Samac each began the ultimate 4 video games of the common season to earn their letters.

• The accidents particularly took a toll at left deal with, as MSU began 4 totally different gamers on the place all through the season. Kevin Jarvis, who was a two-year starter at proper guard, moved to left deal with in the beginning of the season attributable to preseason accidents to Cole Chewins and AJ Arcuri, and began the primary three video games earlier than shedding the rest of his season following an harm towards Arizona State in Week 3. Jarvis did protect his redshirt season by taking part in in simply three video games. Tyler Higby then assumed the beginning function for the subsequent month, however he too was misplaced for the season attributable to a midseason harm, clearing the best way for Arcuri to return because the starter for 3 video games. Dobbs earned his first profession begin at Rutgers with Arcuri ailing, however Arcuri nonetheless performed towards the Scarlet Knights and completed out the yr beginning the ultimate two video games at left deal with for a complete of 5 begins.

• Left guard was break up between Luke Campbell, who began the primary eight video games of the season on the place, and J.D. Duplain, who began the ultimate 5. Campbell brings a complete of 26 video games of beginning expertise to 4 totally different positions on the offensive line (12 at proper deal with in 2017; 9 at left guard in 2018-19; 4 at proper guard in 2018-19; one at left deal with in 2018). Campbell nursed accidents a lot of 2019 and was compelled out of motion the ultimate three video games of the season.

• Redshirt junior Matt Carrick held down the beginning proper guard spot in 11 video games final yr, whereas fellow junior redshirt Blake Bueter additionally has 9 video games of beginning expertise at each guard and heart.

• Senior Jordan Reid had began 26 consecutive video games at proper deal with and was the one offensive lineman to start out each sport the previous two seasons, however elected to choose out of the 2020 season. Reid performed a team-high 964 snaps as a sophomore in 2018 and once more led the group 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 will see 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 all the d-line beneath first-year head coach Mel Tucker, whereas Secchia Household Defensive Coordinator Scottie Hazelton may also 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 39 profession video games, together with 24 consecutive begins, and has collected 86 tackles, 19.Zero tackles for loss and eight sacks in his profession.

• On the opposite finish of the road, fifth-year senior Drew Beesley has seen in depth motion the previous two seasons and will see an much more distinguished function this upcoming fall. Beesley performed 261 snaps in all 13 video games final season and recorded six tackles for loss and 14 stops total. Within the opener towards Rutgers, Beesley had a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss, together with a 7-yard sack, with six tackles total.

• 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 harm and preserved his redshirt yr; he’s more likely to see elevated taking part in time as nicely in 2020. DeAri Todd (R-Jr.) provides depth on the place.

• 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 seems able to take over a beginning function after seeing common time within the taking part in rotation the previous three seasons. The 6-4, 340-pound native of Evanston, Illinois, has 54 tackles, together with 7.5 TFLs and three sacks, in 39 profession video games. Redshirt sophomore Jacob Slade additionally gained precious 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.

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 has been named to observe lists for the Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy getting into the season.

• Simmons began all 13 video games (11 at weakside linebacker; two at center linebacker) in 2019 and will probably be seemed to guide the younger group of linebackers that misplaced multi-year starters Joe Bachie (Mike) and Tyriq Thompson (Sam) to commencement. Simmons led the Spartans with profession highs in each tackles (11) and tackles for loss (Three for Eight yards) vs. Rutgers, and likewise had a fumble restoration and one quarterback hurry.

• 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 group 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.

• The linebacker room will probably be 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 will coach the safeties. Though the Spartans are shedding two three-year starters in security David Dowell and cornerback Josiah Scott, the secondary nonetheless returns 11 letterwinners in 2020.

• Redshirt junior Shakur Brown began the ultimate 5 video games of the 2019 at cornerback and ranked tied for second on the group with 5 move break-ups. He missed six video games attributable to harm after a powerful opener by which he recorded two sacks towards Tulsa, however bounced again to change into a starter within the second half of the yr. He’s now the group’s beginning nickelback and had an interception within the opener vs. Rutgers.

• 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 total with eight tackles. He earned the beginning within the season opener vs. Rutgers.

• Redshirt sophomores Davion Williams and Chris Jackson are additionally returning letterwinners who will compete for enjoying time. Jackson earned his first profession begin vs. Rutgers.

• Junior Xavier Henderson returns as one of many beginning safeties after rating second on the group 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 total on the protection.

• Senior Tre Particular person 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 earned his first begin at security within the season opener. Redshirt sophomore Michael Dowell performed 94 snaps final yr, primarily in third-down conditions, and also will compete for extra taking part in time.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Placekicker: Fifth-year senior Matt Coghlin has been the group’s beginning placekicker for the previous three seasons and is tied for third in class historical past with 57 area targets made. Coghlin was a BTN All-Freshman Staff 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-Massive Ten honors by the media. Final season, Coghlin made a career-high 22 area 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 seeking to enhance his accuracy his senior season (22-of-32, .688 in 2019). He began the yr 2-for-2 on field-goal makes an attempt vs. Rutgers (45 and 48 yards).

Punter: Following the departure of longtime starter Jake Hartbarger, the Spartans are on the lookout for a brand new beginning punter in 2020. Hartbarger obtained a sixth yr of eligibility from the NCAA in 2019 and was this system’s beginning punter relationship again to 2015. Redshirt junior Bryce Baringer, who joined the group as a walk-on and punted 15 occasions in 2018, didn’t play final season however returns to the roster in 2020. He punted twice within the season opener vs. Rutgers (50.5 avg.). Graduate switch Mitchell Crawford, a two-year starter from UTEP, additionally joins the group in 2020.

Lengthy Snapper: Sophomore Jude Pedrozo needed to take over the beginning duties final season as a real freshman following a season-ending harm 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 probably redshirt.

Kickoff specialist: Redshirt junior Cole Hahn was the group’s major kickoff specialist final season, averaging 57.1 yards with 9 touchbacks on 52 kickoffs. Coghlin and Hahn break up kickoff duties towards Rutgers.

Kick return: Redshirt sophomore Jayden Reed returned 4 kickoffs for 65 yards, together with a 29-yarder, within the season opener towards Rutgers.

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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