Is Matt Trannon The Real Deal?

Is Trannon the next Burress or Rogers? Possibly, but most likely not. He could be one of the top college receivers given some time. Matt is still extremely raw, but he has a ton of potential. Rarely do you see someone at 6'6 have the athleticism Trannon possesses.

It's very rare to see a two sport athlete like Michigan State sophomore Matt Trannon.

Noted as a basketball player rather than a football prospect, Trannon could become one of the few elite to excel in two sports while going through college. Trannon's career didn't start out as planned, having to sit out his freshman season at MSU for being academically ineligible. But now things have cleared up and Matt is ready to move forward.

Nicknamed "Tarzan" because of his frame (6'6 230), Trannon is already being compared to former Spartan receivers Plaxico Burress and Charles Rogers. Should you believe the hype? Yes and no.

Is Trannon the next Burress or Rogers? Possibly, but most likely not. He could be one of the top college receivers given some time. Matt is still extremely raw, but he has a ton of potential. Rarely do you see someone at 6'6 have the athleticism Trannon possesses. With the average corner standing around 5-10, 190, t's fair to say Matt holds a distinct size advantage over any defensive back he faces. But there's more to being a receiver than just being tall and fast. Receivers need to run crisp routes, find soft spots in zone coverage, get a quick release, have soft hands, and support in the run game etc. Matt will develop in these area's as he gains more experience in John L. Smith's spread offense.

Trannon could benefit greatly from this system because he will likely see less double teams, and more single coverage. If teams choose to play zone, Trannon is a very big target and can easily be a force over the middle of the field. Obviously, he has big play and "red zone" potential. Receivers with size and jump ball skills can be deadly targets -- not only on fade routes in the end zone but going deep as well.

Not to long ago, Burress, now with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, was embarrassing corners down the sideline week after week just on pure size and jumping ability alone. So clearly the raw frame and skills are there. Now it's just piecing together the rest of his game, which may take awhile. Having John L. Smith as a coach will no doubt benefit Trannon's progression because Smith is such a great teacher of the game and knows what it takes to run his system right.

Currently, Matt hasn't been too much in the spotlight of the offense, but coach Smith has stated that Matt has an obvious learning curve to adjust to, but he still expects him to contribute. Technically, it is his first year practicing with the team, even though he's a sophomore.

Trannon spoke frequently with Charles Rogers last season, and says he learned a great deal from him. He also has stated that he is picking up the feel for the game, and the offense rather quickly. Most likely for the rest of his career, Trannon will have to share the spotlight with Kyle Brown and Agim Shabaj, who have came on strong this year, and are still young.

Anyone on the Michigan State squad will tell you they are very excited about Trannon's potential, especially the coaching staff.

With super talented wideouts who have passed through this campus, (Andre Rison, Mill Coleman, Muhsin Muhammad, Charles Rogers, Derrick Mason and Plaxico Burress), Spartan fans know a good one when they see one.

With young, established talent, and players with great potential such as Matt Trannon and Drew Stanton, it's fair to say, the spread offense could make the future of Michigan State football an exciting one.


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