Boleski is a kickoff specialist who could placekick in a pinch; and Haughey, who has been an ever ready field goal backup after some game experience his freshman season, cold placekick in a pinch.
But the depth surely takes a hit, especially on a team whose head coach preaches the vital nature of special teams every opportunity he gets. Mark Dantonio even makes all of his assistants contribute to special teams coaching in a true team effort. So replenishing the well of kickers is quickly becoming a priority.
That's why there are a handful kickers still on the Spartan radar for 2009.
Eric Duale spoke to GSN recently and told us he spent time speaking with Dantonio after a recent bowl practice. The Division 2 all-Ohio place kicker from Medina has ties to the head coach through a family friend and hopes to land a scholarship offer soon. Boston College and a few MAC programs also show strong interest.
Many Big Ten teams have had Kevin Muma on their radar for some time. The Troy product is an all-stater, and although Michigan is considered a favorite, and plenty of others are in pursuit, an opportunity to contribute quickly might lure him to MSU.
Nate Freese was the Division 1 pick on the all-Ohio team. The Strongsville native boots over 80% of his kicks through the endzone for touchbacks and has three offers on the table — Kansas, Air Force and Toledo. MSU has been in regular contact with him and the opportunity to compete right away with a booming leg must be appealing
Indiana's Ryan Stokes, another all-stater, has Grand Valley high on his list, and plenty of interest from others. But playing in the Big Ten at Michigan State, where he visited for a game earlier this season, might have a strong appeal.
Regardless of who may or may not come to MSU, grayshirting is likely in the cards with the reliable leg of Swenson returning.
When a student-athlete grayshirts, he delays enrollment for his first semester, or enrolls part-time, and essentially skips the first season. The following season he begins to count as a scholarship player.
But with only the preferred walk-on Conroy backing Swenson up, recruits are sure to notice the potential opportunity in East Lansing.