The Houston Texans have made it no secret. When scouting collegiate players, East Lansing, Michigan, where Michigan State is located, is a place the organizations’ coaches and scouts spend a lot of time evaluating talent. Over the past few seasons, the Texans have plucked future NFL players from their rosters and further groomed them into leaders and professionals. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is a fan of what Michigan State’s head coach Mark Dantonio has done with the Spartans program.
“I think there is something to be said about Michigan State and the way that they coach at Michigan State," said O’Brien. “Coach (Mark) Dantonio does a great job of making sure that guys understand their roles and teaches them how to play tough, hard-nosed football.”
Dantonio who has led the Spartans to a 87-32 record since 2007, has put Michigan State football on the map.
The Texans have added three Spartans to the roster over the past two seasons in Keith Mumphery, Kurtis Drummond and Max Bullough. All three have added youth to the roster and have been solid players in the early parts of of their careers with the Texans. Even starting quarterback Brian Hoyer played at Michigan State and has helped stabilize the quarterback position in 2015.
“Max Bullough, Kurtis Drummond, Brian Hoyer, these guys are coming in and they are good teammates, they know what it means to be a part of a team, so I think part of it is that,” explained O’Brien.
With the Texans organization and O’Brien speaking this positively of the program and players who play at Michigan State, anyone who has played there has a real possibility of being evaluated by the Texans.