J'Michael Deane Ready To Make An Impact

Michigan State defensive tackle J'Michael Deane has done his share of waiting and preparing for his day to come, but it looks more and more like 2009 will be his year. GSN spoke to Deane at yesterday's media day so Get Inside to hear how he hopes to make an impact on the defensive line.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State offensive lineman J'Michael Deane has done his share of waiting and preparing for his day to come, but it looks more and more like 2009 will be his year.

Deane is on the fast track to starting at one of the offensive line positions, a spot critical to keeping defensive lineman away from quarterbacks Keith Nichol and Kirk Cousins.

"I'm really excited (about starting)," said Deane.

He made no bones about his goals for the season. "Hopefully bring our team to a Big Ten championship and hopefully help our team get to the Rose Bowl. I've been working hard this summer, and like the whole "O" line, we've all been working hard helping each other," said Deane.

Deane says he understands that with three new starters, there is an unknown about how effective this group will be.

"Everybody is saying that is the question mark of the team since we lost Jesse Miller and Roland Martin, so all of us have been working hard to prove we can get the job done and bring the team toward that Big Ten championship," said Deane.

Deane has come along way in his short three years at Michigan State and he talked about how the senior leadership has helped him to develop to the point of where he is now.

"(Junior center) Joel Nitchman, he has been pretty vocal, you know? All of our seniors on the "o" line have been pushing us along all summer and helping us. If you ever have something to ask them about the "o" line, like what you need to do, they know all the positions, so like if your steps are wrong, they know. They what you did wrong.

"Brandon Moss, Rocco Cironi and Nitchman, they've all been really vocal in helping us to perfect our craft."

New GSN contributor Andrea Nelson contributed to this story


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