Looking Back At The Spartan 66 - #24-20

We continue our look back at the Spartan 66 ranked prior to the season. How did players #24-20 stack up?

During the spring and summer, SpartanDigest.com gave you the Top 66 players in the Michigan State program. Now we continue to look back and see how our rankings panned out during the Spartans great season.

#24 – Charlie Gantt – For many years to come Spartan fans will remember Gantt and his part of "Little Giants" against Notre Dame. However, on the season the tight end pulled down 22 balls for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns.

#23 – Dan Conroy or Kevin Muma - ? That is what everyone was asking up to the kickoff of the season opener. Conroy earned the job and some wondered if he would be up to the task and perform when called upon. He did leading the team in scoring going 14-of-15 in field goals and hitting 44-of-45 extra points. Muma earned the kickoff duties and did a solid job. Looking back Conroy needed to be placed higher with Muma maybe a tad lower.

#22 – Aaron Bates – Bates just on his punting alone could have been placed higher. Add in the two special team plays against Notre Dame and Northwestern, and many would have Bates in the Top Five. We should have placed him higher and might have taken his ability for granted. Will be missed next season.

#21 – Keith Nichol – People might have expected too much out of the converted quarterback as he ends the season second on the offensive depth chart at the X receiver spot. Nichol pulled down 19 balls for 240 yards and a touchdown during the season and should push to be the fulltime X next season.

#20 - Blake Treadwell – Injuries slowed down the sophomore during the season and he found himself behind Kevin Pickelman. Still, Treadwell when health, showed the ability to be a difference maker in a strong rotation along the defensive front. Looking back, he would have gone down a few notches in the ranking.

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