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It's called being quarterbacked by Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan.
Stealing Sparty's recruits and owning them on the field since 1898
Road conferences wins are going to be tough
No...they're won by winning at home and on the road...
I'm optimistic by nature. Figure they make a few more FGs. Plus MSU plays IL instead of tOSU, so that's at least a 24 point offensive output in the bank.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
I can definitely imagine it being worse.
1. If the OL doesn't improve, and no RB is able to be their own blocker like Le'Veon, the running game would be worse.
2. Worried he'll lose his spot otherwise, Maxwell could start forcing throws and his terrible completion percentage could be complemented by a nice dose of INT's.
3. As inconsistent as Conroy was this season, we'll either be starting the guy who Conroy beat out for the position (Muma) or a freshman.
4. If the WR's don't improve their ability to create separation and stretch the field, losing Sims will be worse than detrimental; it'd be catastrophic.
5. Even though it wasn't all his fault at all, Roushar is below-average OC (at best) at this point, until proven otherwise.
laconophilia is everywhere...
Just imagine it this year, without LeVeon Bell and Sim.
Your OL "should" improve next year. Same with WRs.
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We're going to need a lot of defenses scores next year. 6, 7 wins max. We'll need help. No chance for a division championship. Zero.
Damn, you're even starting to bum me out.
I don't think the D had 1 score this year. 4 pick-6s in '11.
MSU could realistically go 5-7 if they lose to USF or IU.
What? If you don't have a better home record than road record you aren't going to be in contention for any sort of championship...
I don't see the offense getting that much better to win any more then 6 or 7. It's going to be tough. I don't mean the defense has to score, but we're going to have to get conservative, shrink the field and hope our defense gets the offense the ball in good field position. Man our recievers have to step up and some back has to step up. We're in trouble.
seriously. This is a very good observation. I concur.
I'm not too thrilled that Hardaway won't be playing tonight. Fortunately Northwestern won't be much of a hostile environment in comparison to most B1G schools.
It's a good thing MSU has Sadler. I'd hate to have a bad punter.
KR/PR sucked this year; that can turn around with just 1 player. Special teams were a "minus" this year, between poor returns, poor return coverage and Conroy's inconsistency. If that can get flipped around, I'll feel a better.
Problem with the O is that pretty much everyone's coming back and very few players "flashed" big play ability. Burbridge was about it. Maybe Mumphery (I do like him in the slot). Lippett and Fowler can't get separation. Arnett can, but can't block and ran shoddy routes.
I remember PSU in 2004. Awesome defense, horrific O. Went 4-7 or something like that. Next year, added Derrick Williams and 2 more FR WRs, went to a spread with Michael Robinson and won 11 games. Unfortunately, there's no calvary on the horizon. The guys who are going to help MSU are already in the program, and they haven't shown a whole heck of a lot. I guess someone could step it up, but MSU needs at least 2 viable WRs, a solid TE and most importantly, a competent QB. Oh, and the OL to stay healthy past the 4th game of the year. Yea, that would be nice.
Caesar at TE
Cook or Connor at QB
who was the RB from Georgia that RS? Thompson??? That guy at RB
Arnette, Burbridge and Mumphrey for our pass attack.
9 win team.
Caesar would essentially be an inexperienced Devin Funchess
Kings is an intriguing possibility
Cook/O'Connor would still be a 1st year starter, complete with all the 1st year starter problems
Tompkins is the RB from GA. We're going to have another Kavlin Torborg on our hands with him . Kid's a burner (supposedly) and the staff liked him enough to not recruit another RB in that class. Still, completely unproven.
I like Burbridge and Mumphery. Arnett is all recruiting hype as of right now.
Biggest ??? is the OL. If healthy, I think they stand a good chance of improving; really liked the interior towards the end of the year, and Fonoti should help shore up an OT spot. If they can't stay healthy, then who knows; MSU had 9 different O-lineman start a game this year. That's crazy.
Conroy was a pretty good K for 3 years, though inconsistent this year. You can't do much better than the #1 K in the country coming in though . I remember when Swenson came in (#4 K) and did great as a true FR, so I hope Geiger can do the same. Other than John Goss, MSU has had a ridiculous run on kickers stretching back to Anderson; it's the one spot I'm confident MSU will be o.k. at. Good punters too; Jarrett to Fields to Bates to Sadler.
Oh we both forgot one important upgrade, fire Roushar. JK.
I felt like the second I saw Cook out there that it gave me hope for a better O. I can't really explain it, but the guy just has poise back there. He looks like a winner.
He got right up after that run and looked fired up, I love his enthusiasm.
Thought of another good recruit, Dylan Chmura at TE. Guy has the bloodlines, can a TE come in year 1 and be productive?
So LE'Veon Bell declares for the NFL draft and Dantonio is "taken aback"?
eh, I wouldn't read too much into that. Sims is gone, Bell's gone, Gholston soon to follow.
Coach speak? Who know, everyone knew he was leaving. Good luck Bell and Robinson, long may you run.
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