We continue our countdown of the 52 Michigan State Spartans to watch during the 2016 season.

To remember one of the best Michigan State squads, Spartan Digest brings you our Spartan 52 for 2016. Why “52”? to remember the 1952 team coach by Clarence Lester “Biggie” Munn that went 9-0 winning a National Championship by being voted No. 1 in both the AP and Coaches’ polls. Munn was also named AFCA Coach of the Year.

#5 Demetrius Cooper

Coming out of high school many pegged Cooper as being a player with a bright future.  That future is now as Cooper must step forward and take on an expanded role along the Spartans defensive line.  Long and explosive, Cooper can be an All-Big Ten performer this fall.


Was second in sacks along the Spartans defense with five and fifth in tackles for loss to go with 22 tackles in 13 games.  Got better as the season played out with some feeling he’ll be able to step in and fill the void left from the loss of Shilique Calhoun.


Cooper has played in 26 games during his career but will get his most extensive time on the field this year.  Cooper has all the tools needed to play at a high level and has continued to improve his technique and physical strength.  One of the biggest questions facing the Spartans defense is along the defensive line, especially at defensive end.  Cooper must step forward by becoming a team leader and play at a high level each and every week.

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