MSU Top 28 Difference Makers 2015 Nos. 28-25

Michigan State fans are expecting a lot in 2015 as the Spartans look ready to compete at a high level and win a Big Ten Conference title and play in the College Football Playoff for a chance at a national championship. We begin with a look at players Nos. 28-25. (Pictured: Darien Harris)

Here’s my Top 28 Michigan State Spartans by order of importance for the 2015 season. We begin with Nos. 28-25.

NO. 28

Jake Hartbarger – Punter – RS Freshman

The Waterville (Ohio) native sat and learned from Mike Sadler last season. The Spartans coaching staff is excited about what Hartbarger brings as the ball booms off his foot. In the spring game Hartbarger punted six times combined for the Green and White team for 244 yards and an average of 40.6 with a long of 49. Last season Sadler averaged 41.2 yards per punt so there should be no letdown with the inexperienced Hartbarger.

NO. 27

Michael Geiger – Kicker – Junior

Despite missing the spring (hip injury), Geiger is expected to be back and ready when camp opens. While percentage wise last season was not as good as his freshman year, the Spartans coaching staff is confident Geiger will continue to hit on a high percentage and provide them a weapon when games are on the line.

NO. 26

Brian Allen – Left Guard – Sophomore

You can worry about a sophomore jinx after the season Allen enjoyed last season earning first-team Freshman All-American honors. His ability to play center or guard makes him valuable and the experience earned last season should have him ready for another big year.

NO. 25

Darien Harris – Star Linebacker – 5th Year Senior

Last season allowed Harris to come out of the shadows starting 11 of 13 games with a career-high 48 tackles. This season Spartan fans should see his continued growth and leadership take center stage as he looks to be one of the leaders of the Spartans defense.

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