Spartan 66 Player Rankings #21

In looking at players on the current roster and players getting ready to enter Michigan State this fall, SpartanDigest.com 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 #21.

SD Ranking: #21

Keith Nichol

Position: Wide Receiver / Quarterback

Exp: Redshirt Junior

Looking to get the 11 best players on the field, Mark Dantonio made the move in the spring to have Keith Nichol move to wide receiver fulltime. The forced moved during the Alamo Bowl turned out to be a big reason for the move and now Spartan fans should be excited about Nichol spot on the field.

Strengths: Overall athletic ability, capable of playing two positions at a high level.

Weakness: Route running and the small things that make a wide receiver great.

Overall: There is no mistaking the talent Keith Nichol's shows when he's on a football field. A top quarterback who took one for the team during the Alamo Bowl has now seen the move turn him into a wide receiver looking to catch the ball and make plays. While this is still a work in progress, no one feels Nichol will come up short in making the transition a smooth one.

Why He Made The List: It would have been very easy for Keith Nichol to have issues with his move from quarterback. Could he be the starting quarterback at MSU? Yes, very much so. But the need was there for help at wide receiver and Nichol showed the willingness and athletic ability to get the job done at a high level. A super athlete, Nichol still needs work on the finer things at the position, but he should be a solid and reliable receiver in the Spartans offensive attack and help free up the other pass catchers to make some big plays.


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