Golden Leg Headed to MSU

"I'm really looking forward to getting a great education at Michigan State and playing football," Kevin Muma says. "It should give me a lot of options for after college, being able to say that I was part of the Spartan family and played Spartan football."

EAST LANSING — Before Kevin Muma committed to Michigan State, many wondered where a kicker might fit into the 2009 recruiting class.

Two placekickers graduate from last season's squad, and the Spartan coaching staff is always serious when it comes to solid special teams play.

Would they find a kicker to gray-shirt, or perhaps bring in a preferred walk-on? Did MSU coaches discuss these options with Muma?

"They did earlier on," Muma says, but at the recent MSU-Kansas basketball game, head coach Mark Dantonio offered Muma a scholarship beginning in 2009, a move preceded by the Jayhawk football program offering Muma a full scholarship the week before.

Yesterday, Muma gave his pledge to MSU and when one peeks at his stats, it's no surprise the coaching staff decided he was worth the ride.

Muma booted the ball through the endzone regularly on kickoffs at an 85 percent touchback rate. He averaged 67 yards on kickoffs with a 4.0 hangtime. Muma plans to compete next season for kickoff duties, but after Brett Swenson graduates, he says he hopes to kick game-winning field goals as well.

The longest field goal he has kicked in a game is 52 yards, but the cannon-legged Troy native hits them from 68 yards in practice. One factor in his success stems from the supplemental instruction he gets.

"My kicking coach is Eddie Murray," Muma says. Murray, a former All-Pro, kicked for the Detroit Lions for many years and is the 12 highest scorer in NFL history.

"He actually gave me a workout that is specific to kickers that he used when he was in the NFL," Muma says. "They help me hone in on the muscles I use for kicking."

Muma's father and other relatives went to and root for Michigan, and his sister is enrolled there now, but the hue of Muma's blood is Spartan green.

"As far as football goes, I'm a Spartan," he says. And if he needs support at Sunday dinners, Muma has an older cousin who currently takes classes at MSU. "She kind of started it off," he says.

One of the biggest reasons for Muma's conversion to the Green and White was Coach Dantonio.

"He was very, very honest all the time," Muma says. "He told me exactly what the situation was and he built a trust with me no other coach has had. I think I can really trust him and I really like that in a coach."

He has a few years to sort this out, and he may change his mind, but Muma says he's interested in business management as a course of study at MSU.

"I'm really looking forward to getting a great education at Michigan State and playing football," he says. "It should give me a lot of options for after college, being able to say that I was part of the Spartan family and played Spartan football."


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