Five Spartans Benched for Bowl Game

"This provides playing opportunities for others. We've been pleased with the way our team has responded to challenges throughout this season, and we will again need to measure up." - Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio

Michigan State will be without five players, including standout defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic, for the Champs Sports Bowl game against Boston College.

Four Spartans will miss the game due to academic ineligibility. They include red-shirt freshman offensive guard Abre Leggins, senior wide receiver Terry Love, sophomore wide receiver/cornerback T.J. Williams and Saint-Dic.

"We're obviously disappointed for these young men and for their teammates," said coach Mark Dantonio in an MSU release. "We will miss them and their contributions on and off the field here at the Champs Sports Bowl."

In an unrelated matter, SirDarean Adams will also be suspended for the game for violating team rules.

"The disciplinary situation, involving SirDarean Adams, provides a learning opportunity for all of us," Dantonio said. "We continually stress to our student-athletes the importance of making good decisions, both on and off the field. It is unfortunate that we all must suffer the consequences."

Saint-Dic and Adams were starters for the Spartans, and Love and Williams were key reserves. Without them, Dantonio will look at the team's depth chart to find able replacements.

"This provides playing opportunities for others. We've been pleased with the way our team has responded to challenges throughout this season, and we will again need to measure up."

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