Indispensable Spartan No. 14

SpartanDigest takes a look at the most indispensable players for Michigan State this season. Next up, the Spartans' special teams weapon.

Mike Sadler

The Details

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 175 pounds

Position: Punter

2013 season

Sadler earned plenty of postseason buzz, being named a first-team All-American by and He earned his second straight All-Big Ten selection from the coaches, while being named second team by the media. Sadler was a weapon for Michigan State, which has made a living with good punting, as he placed 43 percent of his punts inside the 20 and 32 percent inside the 10.


Mark Dantonio dropped a stat at Big Ten media day that tells all why Sadler is so important to the Spartans’ success, as he said opposing offenses started inside their 20-yard line 60 times and did not score once. Sadler is a big reason for that. Last year – and the year before – when Michigan State struggled offensively, the defense and special teams kept the Spartans in the game and in line for wins. Sadler will do that again, but with a better offense, the pressure will be less on the punting game. Still, he will be the same player he has been the past two years and will put the Spartans in position to win games. Oh, and being used on fake punts and field goals is not a bad asset to have with your punter either.

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