#19 Benny McGowan
McGowan is a serviceable offensive lineman for the Spartans. He’s capable of playing center or guard at a solid level. However, he’s not the most athletic offensive lineman to come out of the Spartans program and has some limitations. This season it will be important for the Ohio native to stay healthy and play higher than his ability.
Was a valuable member of the Spartans offense with the number of injuries across the offensive line. Earned his first eight starts of his career and played in 14 games. Started games at right guard and left guard while even taking reps at center. His biggest moment came during the Spartans 22-play game winning drive against Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game.
WHY HE MADE THE COUNTDOWN
McGowan was listed as a co-starter at left guard during the spring with Brian Allen. However, we fully feel Allen will be the Spartans starting center. McGowan must play at a high level as the Spartans retool the offensive line with the loss of three starters. While he will not be the main focus of the Spartans offensive line, his performance will be key as we feel MSU will look to ramp up their running game. That fits McGowan’s skill set much better than having to be in pass-pro.