Spartan 66 2011 Ranking #25

We continue our in-depth look at 66 Spartans and their importance to the team's success in 2011. It is now time to look at the #25 ranked Spartan in 2011.

Mike Sadler

SD 2011 Ranking : #25

Position: P

Experience : Redshirt Freshman

Strengths : Highly ranked punter coming out of high school who has shown a strong leg.

Weakness : Untested player when the pressure is on as he redshirted last season and must replace a key player from last season's team.

Overall : Sadler may be too low in our rankings as he is replacing a Michigan State legend (Aaron Bates) who was a four year starter and earned team captain honors his senior year. The Spartans will not look at Sadler the say way they did the departed Bates, but he must bring a strong leg to the field and place the Spartans defense in good field position.

Why They Made The List : The importance of the punter position is not lost behind other defensive or offensive players. As proven a year ago, a punter will a solid leg is great, however, a punter who can help your team win games with surprise special plays (Little Giants – Mouse Trap) can set you apart from the rest. A lot of eyes will be watching Sadler early and if he does not provide the leg shown during the spring game he will be pushed.

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