Looking Back At The Spartan 66

During the spring and summer we gave you 66 Spartans ranked with their importance to the success of the program. Where did we miss? Where did we pick it right? We start off looking back at #66-55 of the Spartan 66 for 2010.

During the course of the spring and summer we took an early look at the Spartans roster and projected 66 Top Spartans and their importance to the success of the team for the 2010 season. Now it is time we go back and look at where we missed and where we projected a player playing a major role in the program.

#66 – Skyler Schofner – True freshmen allowed to continue his development with big things expected in the coming years. Will still have four years left in the program with a chance to be fighting for playing time next season.

#65 – Niko Palazeti – Another true freshman who was only listed because of the use of the fullback by Mark Dantonio. Was not on the depth chart at the end of the season as TyQuan Hammock made the move to fullback during the season.

#64 – Derek Hoebing – At the beginning of the season was down on the depth chart, however, after an injury to Garrett Celek, Hoebing found his way to third on the depth chart. The play of Charlie Gantt and Brian Linthicum kept him on the sidelines. Could still see a position switch in the coming years to offensive tackle if needed and weight is gained.

#63 – Zach Hueter – Was expected to be fighting for time on the field but suffered an injury and needed to have surgery in preseason camp. Missed entire season expected back next season.

#62 – Donald Spencer – Stuck behind the depth at the X position with Mark Dell and Keith Nichol ahead of him. Should be expected to take a step forward in the spring.

#61 – Mitchell White – Saw action in 12 games with 1 start posting 8 total tackles on the season with 1 pass breakup. Is second on depth chart ending the season and should be expected to fight for starting spot with Chris L. Rucker graduating from the program. Should have been ranked in the Top 45 of the Spartan 66.

#60 – John Deyo – Offensive line play was solid and Deyo was not needed to step up his game this season.

#59 – J'Michael Deane – Started all 12 games on the season and was ranked too low for the success he provide the team during the 2010 season. Looking back should have been ranked in the Top 20.

#58 – TyQuan Hammock – Saw a move from linebacker to fullback and provided solid help on special teams.

#57 – Dana Dixon – Played in six game and recorded 2 tackles on the season.

#56 – Chris D. Rucker – Was projected to be a wide receiver but made a move to cornerback during preseason camp.

#55 – Nick Hill – Played in one game with one carry for 2 yards. With the development of LeVeon Bell, it was not needed to burn a year giving Nick and Bell a year of separation.


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