Spartan 66 Player Ranking #65

In looking at players on the current roster and players getting ready to enter Michigan State this fall, presents its Spartan 66 Rankings. What is our reason for naming sixty-six Spartans? Michigan State last won a National Championship in 1966. We're now at player #65.

SD Ranking: #65

Niko Palazeti

Position: Fullback

Exp: High School Recruit

Niko Palazeti may not have the big names of others who signed in the Class of 2010, but that doesn't mean he's any less of an important part to the Spartans future. The first true fullback recruited since Mark Dantonio took over the Spartans program, Palazeti will need to learn fast in camp to have a chance to compete for playing time. With the Spartans having a full stable of top running backs, Palazeti will prove very important in the years to come as he'll have a chance to open some major holes while also being a target out of the backfield in the passing game.

Strengths: Physical size and toughness.

Weakness: Experience and playing without the ball in his hands.

Overall: Mark Dantonio loves to run a power offensive game plan and having a tough, hardnosed fullback is a must. Palazeti gives the Spartans that type of player but also lacks experience. Depending upon the health of others at the fullback position, Palazeti could be looked upon to take some early snaps. Early results in camp will decide if he's ready for battle early or should have a redshirt placed on him.

Why He Made The List: Two tight end sets and a fullback are things Mark Dantonio loves to work with on offense. The power game is what the Spartans will need when it matters most. Two years ago the Spartans did a great job of scoring in goal line situations. Having a strong, tough fullback will keep them there.

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