Spartans Snapshots (Jan. 23 edition)

Reminder about recruiting

Mick McCabe of the Detroit Free Press (a living legend) wrote this piece on not worrying about the stars a recruit is given, because guys with “only” two-stars might just change a program.

His example of such a player? Kirk Cousins, naturally.

Senior Bowl practice opens today

As I have talked bout a few times in the past couple weeks, Kirk Cousins, Brian Linthicum and Trenton Robinson will be participating in the Senior Bowl. Practice opens today with the game taking place on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. on NFL Network.

Cousins will be one of three North team quarterbacks, joining Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson and Boise State’s Kellen Moore.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the week on how the three Spartans are performing in practices and what experts are saying about their draft stocks.

Three Spartans in Super Bowl

When the New York Giants and New England Patriots meet in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, three former Spartans will be on the rosters.

Wide receiver/kick returner Devin Thomas and linebacker Greg Jones both will see the field for the Giants, while quarterback Brian Hoyer is Tom Brady’s backup for the Patriots — and will literally never see the field, Bill Belichick didn’t even put him in at the end against Denver.

Great takes on MSU vs. U-M rivalry

LSJ’s Joe Rexrode did a wonderful job breaking down the current state of the in-state rivalry between Michigan State and Michigan. He takes both sides and breaks down the rise of MSU football and U-M basketball and really gets to the reality of the views fans take recently.

Also, a column from the Kalamazoo Gazette’s Jayson Bussa which explains how overblown the whole Dantonio interrupts tomfoolery truly was this week.

MSU overhyped in 2012?

In a Behind the Mice segment, Sports Illustrated’s Gary Danielson named Michigan State as one of his most overhyped teams heading into the 2012 season. Danielson reasoned the loss of Cousins and the improvement of Ohio State and Michigan, as well as the consistency of Wisconsin, will make it hard for MSU to continue its recent success into 2012.

Hockey splits with Lake Superior State

Now, technically, the shootout loss does not count as a loss — it is a tie.

Green Thoughts has a great breakdown of the weekend series for those avid hockey fans out there. Check it out here.

MSU makes list of biggest losers in underclassmen draft entries

Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples made a list of the teams who won and lost after underclassmen declared for the NFL Draft, and Michigan State was one of five teams who lost.

“The Spartans are going to be good in 2012, but they would have been even better if nose tackle Jerel Worthy and tailback Edwin Baker had elected to come back for another season,” Staples wrote.

He added, “The biggest return for Michigan State is All-Big Ten cornerback Johnny Adams, who will join fellow corner Darqueze Dennard and safety Isaiah Lewis to man one of the nation’s best secondaries.”

Allen, Cunningham among Legends Division’s most improved players

ESPN’s Big Ten Blog did a feature on the most improved players in the Big Ten from the 2010 season to the 2011 campaign. For the portion on the Legends Division, Brian Bennett included Denicos Allen and B.J. Cunningham for the jumps they made for the Spartans.

Bennett on Allen: “As a freshman, Allen played in all 13 games but had only 18 tackles in mostly a special-teams role. As a sophomore, he exploded onto the scene as a one of the league’s most fearsome defensive playmakers. Allen had 85 tackles while leading the team with 18.5 for loss and 11 sacks, from his outside linebacker spot.”

Bennett on Cunningham: “Here’s an example of a player who went from good to great. … As a senior, he moved himself to the elite level by hauling in 79 catches for 1,306 yards. His 12 touchdowns catches were just one shy of his career total coming into the season, and his 16.5 yards-per-catch average was more than three yards better than his previous career high. Cunningham showed he could be a star No. 1 receiver.”

Bennett added other Michigan State defenders could have been on this list, such as Johnny Adams, Darqueze Dennard, Max Bullough, Will Gholston and Isaiah Lewis.

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Posted on January 23, 2012, in Football, Hockey and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Not until after Bussa got his clicks of course.

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