Top Ten MSU Football Stories 2013 No.10

The calendar quickly approaches a new year with Michigan State getting ready to battle Stanford in the Rose Bowl. We take this time to look back on the past year at ten of the top stories surrounding the Spartans football program. We'll start with number ten and work our way to the top story of the year.

Three Juniors Forgo Senior Seasons

In the first few days of 2013, Michigan State football fans learned three Spartan starters planned to leave the program early and take their chances in the NFL Draft.

Le'Veon Bell

Junior running back Le'Veon Bell, tight end Dion Sims and defensive end William Gholston each made their announcement within days of each other about their intentions to leave Michigan State.

Bell, a first-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) and Doak Walker Award semifinalist worried Spartan fans the most after coming off a year that saw him rush for 1,793 yard and 12 touchdowns.

The Spartans offensive workhorse, didn't last long as he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the draft.

Dion Sims

Sims left after being third on the team in receptions with 36 for 475 yards, both being career highs. He was Andrew Maxwell's go-to safety valve and left an opening at tight end when the Spartans opened up spring practice.

The Detroit, Michigan native was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the in the Fourth Round of the draft.

William Gholston

After earning Defensive Player of the Game honors in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Will Gholston also made the decision to leave a year early leaving questions at defensive end going into the spring.

The 6-foot-7, 278-pound Gholston brought a great combination of size, speed and attitude to the Spartans defense some worried would be hard to replace in 2013.

The Detroit native would be selected by Tampa Bay in the fourth round of the draft.


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