2011 Spartan Preview: Wide Receivers

Michigan State will have to replace one starting wide receiver in 2011. While the Spartans will miss Mark Dell, there is talent behind him waiting to really stand out.


Must replace Mark Dell who had a solid season with 49 catches for 761 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The Known Factor

B.J. Cunningham: The junior led the Spartans with 50 catches in 2010 and posted 9 touchdowns with 611 yards.  Injury during bowl practice will hurt in battle against Alabama, however, the reps others will receive will help their development.

High Expectations

Keshawn Martin: Will be expected to take his game up another notch after pulling down 29 balls for 353 yards and one touchdown.

Keith Nichol: Will have a chance to take over Dell's spot on the depth chart in his final season in the Green and White.  Posted 19 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown in 2010.  The move from quarterback to receiver was smooth, however, some might have felt Nichol would have posted bigger numbers.

The Future Star

Bennie Fowler: Fowler continues to take the steps expected of him to become a solid receiving threat in 2011.  In 2010 he pulled down 12 balls for 119 yards and did a solid job returning kicks with an average of 21 yards per return.

Big Steps In 2011

Donald Spencer: with the size you want from the X receiver spot, Spencer may not have been needed in 2010, however, he'll be given a chance to step up his game and push for more time on the field in 2011.

Recruiting Class of 2011

At the time of this article the Spartans did not have a verbal pledge from a wide receiver.  Missing out on DeAnthony Arnett stings, and the Spartans are being very selective about who they will take.  Highest ranked Scout.com receiver with a known offer is Juwan Caesar of Miami (FL) Coral Park High School.

The Rest Of The List

Kyle Nichol

Jordan Benton

Josh Perryman

Keith Mumphery

Brad Sonntag

Milton Colbert

Cam Martin


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