Spartans Personnel: Offense

An insider's look at Michigan State's offensive personnel and key reserves.

SpartanDigest.com managing publisher Dave Berk offers a detailed preview of Michigan State's offensive personnel.

Michigan State Offensive Personnel

QB: Kirk Cousins – The senior quarterback has become the face of Michigan State football and entered the season as a three-time team captain. On the field he provides leadership in a pro-style offense that loves to use the run first and pass second. However, when he throws the ball he can hurt you if give time by his offensive line. After two games, Cousins has hit for 81% of his throws for 405 yards and three touchdowns.

RB: Edwin Baker – Known as "Rock" by his coaches and teammates, the 5-foot-9, 210-pound Baker is coming off his best college season and big things are expected this year. So far he's rushed for 141 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown.

RB: Le'Veon Bell – If not for Baker, Bell would be the starter for the Spartans. The 6-foot-2, 237-pound sophomore has already scored three touchdowns on the year to go with his 109 yards rushing. Big and powerful, Bell is the perfect change-up to the Spartans rushing attack.

RB: Larry Caper – Another top running back talent, Caper gives the Spartans a three-headed attack. The junior started moved behind Bell and Baker early last season due to injury. However, he brings another dimension to the offense with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

FB: Todd Anderson – First-year starter who earned the fullback position after moving over from defensive end during spring practice. Stands 6-foot-2, 260-pounds and does a solid job opening up lanes for the Spartans running attack.

WR: B.J. Cunningham – Record setting wide receiver Cunningham is Cousins key target and has already posted 203 yards on 14 receptions. At 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, the Ohio native has great hands and the physical size to cause match-up problems.

WR: Keshawn Martin – Has great speed and is a player just coming into his own as a wide receiver. Has posted 100 yards receiving on nine catches.

LT: Dan France – The redshirt sophomore started his first career game at left tackle last week against Florida Atlantic. Converted defensive lineman who is showing solid progress since making the move but could also be looked upon as the weak link early in the Spartans offensive line.

LG: Joel Foreman – The senior member of the Spartans offensive line is a proven starter (37 games) with NFL potential at 6-foot-4, 315-pounds. Is programs first four-year starter along the offensive line since Shane Hannah. Named team captain by his teammates prior to the start of the season.

C: Blake Treadwell – Another converted defensive linemen who will start his third game at center against Notre Dame. Battled Travis Jackson during camp for the starting spot and won out after Jackson suffered an injury. Is the son of Miami (Ohio) head coach Don Treadwell.

RG: Chris McDonald – Redshirt junior in his second season as starter at right guard. Solid player with great physical size at 6-foot-5, 300-pounds.

RT: Skyler Burkland – Redshirt freshman who won the starting job during spring and preseason camp. One of the top offensive linemen coming out of high school that has great physical size at 6-foot-7, 305-pounds. Notre Dame will be his third career start.

TE: Brian Linthicum – One of three tight ends the Spartans will use on game day. Great physical size (6'5 – 245) who can block and also get open in the middle of the field.

TE: Garrett Celek – Brother of current Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek. The 6-foot-5, 252-pound senior has fought injuries throughout his Michigan State career.

TE: Dion Sims – If a tailor-made NFL prospect exists, it's Sims. Only a sophomore, the 6-foot-5, 276-pounder creates match-up problems for any defense combining his physical size and athletic ability. Missed last season due to off field issues but is off to a fast start.

Key Reserves:
Offensive line: Fou Fonoti, Travis Jackson, Jared McGaha
Wide receivers: Keith Nichol, Bennie Fowler, Tony Lippett
Quarterback: Andrew Maxwell
Running back: Nick Hill


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