Indispensable Spartan No. 11

SpartanDigest takes a look at the most indispensable players for Michigan State this season. No. 11 brings us to a senior defensive end who has been a model of consistency in his career.

Marcus Rush

The Details

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 251 pounds

Position: Defensive end

2013 season

For the third straight season, Rush was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by both the coaches and players. He has been the model of consistency in East Lansing and that was the case again last year. Interestingly, it also was his second straight season of posting 7.5 tackles for loss. So, expect that again.


Barring an injury, Rush will leave Michigan State with the most career starts in school history – he will have 53 after the regular season. Rush has been an interesting player in his time in East Lansing. His best statistical season was certainly his freshman year, even though he had his career high in sacks last season with five. But while his stats plateaued, his impact as a player has not. Rush is a consistent presence on the defensive line that has been solid against both run and pass. With William Gholston and now Shilique Calhoun as his defensive end partners, he has been the reliable force while the other has been the dominant, big-name player. Now entering his fourth year as a starter – even though it seems like his 24th – Rush is back with all the knowledge of the defense he needs and should be expected to continue to be a leader and a steady player for the Michigan State defense.

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