Team White Breakdown

Saturday's annual Green-White Game will give Spartan fans a chance to get an early peek at the 2012 Spartans who are looking to make a return trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game. What type of team will Terrence Samuel have to work with?

Team White head coach Terrence Samuel will be joined by Harlon Barnett, Pat Narduzzi, Mark Staten and Dave Warner on the sidelines Saturday during the Spartans final spring practice of 2012.

Honorary Coach will be former Spartan Devin Thomas.

Seniors Johnny Adams, Peter Badovinac, Larry Caper, Fou Fonoti, Steve Gardiner, Tyler Hoover, Chris Norman, Drew Stevens and Arthur Ray selected with their first pick junior middle linebacker Max Bullough.

Green / White Rosters:

Here is the look at the other members of Team White.


It will be interesting to see what the White squad does on offense on Saturday. Having covered several spring games with members of Mark Dantonio's teams I also know to look out for plays drawn up by Spartans offensive line coach Mark Staten. He loves these games to bring out a little trick play or two and usually with some success.

Quarterback: With Andrew Maxwell out for the spring game with a slight injury, Connor Cook will take snaps for both squads. However, Badovinac should also get his share of snaps during the day in hopes of helping the White squad to a victory.

Running Back: Caper will be joined by Nick Hill and fullback Niko Palazeti when the White squad looks to run the football.

Tight End: Team White will look to Derek Hoebing and Andrew Gleichert to block and catch the occasional pass on Saturday. The lack of depth after last season's losses to graduation could show their head when the White offense is on the field.

Wide Receiver: Spartan fans are sure to keeping an eye on the White receiving core as Tennessee transfer DeAnthony Arnett and early enrollee Kyle Kerrick will be joined by Spencer Elliott, Dana Dixon, A.J. Troup and Andre Sims Jr. when Cook and Badovinac look to go down field.

Offensive Line: Fonoti looked to surround himself with a solid group of linemen and pulled the trigger on Dan France, Connor Kruse, Adam Brown, Jack Allen, Shawn Kamm, Nate Klatt, Arthur Ray Jr. and Henry Conway.

Thoughts On White Offense: With Cook taking the snaps for both squads it makes the position a wash. Look for a few trip plays with Staten coaching on the offense and players like Arnett, Caper and Sims at his disposal. Allen has enjoyed a solid spring and teamed with Fonoti and France the offensive line should be solid.


Pat Narduzzi will have a lot to work with on Saturday when he's calling defensive plays for the White squad. While they may not have received the first pick in the draft, they may have ended up with the better overall defense.

Defensive Line: While the White would have loved to have the first overall pick they still put together a solid group for the front four to battle with. Joel Heath, Tyler Hoover, Brandon Clemons, Marcus Rush, Micajah Reynolds and Matt Ramondo can form a solid push and hold the middle for the linebackers to do their work.

Linebackers: The selection of Bullough is as good a pick as you can have. He'll be joined by Denicos Allen, Ty Hamilton, Darien Harris and Gardiner.

Defensive Backs: Loaded may not be the best word to describe the White squad in the defensive backfield. Adams will be joined by Mylan Hicks, Isaiah Lewis, R.J. Williamson and Kyle Artinian. This is a solid group to work with.

Thoughts On White Defense: There is enough to work with here to generate a solid pass rush with Heath and Rush on the edge and Allen and Bullough in the next wave. Having Adams, Lewis and Williamson makes the secondary the strength of the defense.


The White squad will look to Kevin Muma to do the kicking and may hold an advantage with Giampapa as the long snapper.


On injured reserve for the White are Chris Norman (LB), Bennie Fowler (WR), Darqueze Dennard (CB), Drew Stevens (TE), Pat Rhomberg (LB), Damon Knox (DT) and Taylor Calero (DE).

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