Misch Knows This Is It

For senior linebacker Jon Misch, the start of the 2010 season means only one thing. His career as a Spartan is almost over. SpartanDigest.com spoke with Misch about his senior season and more.

For Jon Misch the last few months have been bitter sweet. Yes, Misch is excited about the upcoming season, but he also knows that soon the end of his college career will be in front of him. How has the past few months leading up to the season been for the Waterford (Michigan) Orchard Lake St. Mary's product?

"I'm really kind of excited about my final season. I have tried every day I go out there to remember this is the last time I get to go around here. Camp is really draining and it is a long process, but as hard as it is, I always try to remember every part that I can because I'm not going to be able to do this next year."

For some the reality hits with their final summer workouts, this was the case for the Spartans senior linebacker.

"I actually cried when I got back home from my final workout. Working out with the team has been an experience I've taken a lot of pride in doing during my career. I have all my friends there and we spent more time together than anybody I'll ever known in my life. Just being able to push myself with my team, for my team, is an experience I've really enjoyed. The past four years have gone by like nothing and I wish I could get some of it back."

Misch came to Michigan State prior to Mark Dantonio becoming head coach. While some players may have problems adjusting to coaching changes, Misch can only be thankful for Dantonio taking the Spartans job.

"I'm just glad he came to Michigan State. He gave me a lot of opportunities I don't think I would have had. If he weren't here, I would have not been given the chance to play in this style of defense, but also to actually play here. I'm just really thankful he came, as it has been a really unique experience."

While playing for Mark Dantonio has left a major impression on Misch, having the chance to play next to Greg Jones has been another unique experience he'll never forget.

"Not many people get the chance to play next to an All-American. Not just an All-American, but also a guy who is not all full of himself has been an experience that has been great to have. Greg is a great friend of mine and I'm glad he came to Michigan State. It is really funny, his first year here was my second and I remember him coming in just learning the defense and I was sitting next to him telling him he needed to do this or do that, now it is the other way around where I'll ask Greg to help me out. It has been fun to grow with him."

The theme many of the Spartans have expressed about this year's team is togetherness. Misch feels things have really changed over the past few years and for the better.

"Every single day we have to bring our A-game. You find the older guys now putting a lot more time into trying to help the younger guys where it use to be more, I have to keep my spot, now we have guys who know we have to make this group better. I think this is why we have as a group one of the best linebacker cores in the nation."

While Jon Misch may never be talked about as a super star, he has filled his role by playing in 32 games as a Spartan. This season, Misch will be looking to back up Eric Gordon at the sam linebacker position and continue providing the senior leadership Mark Dantonio and the Spartans coaching staff expects from a three-year letter winner.


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