In Division I-A college football, there isnt a lot of room for a 5-foot-8, 175 pounder to be an impact player as a starting quarterback. But Rice head coach Ken Hatfield has made room for Kyle Herm. You find that champions come in all sizes and shapes, he said.
Coming into the season, MSU head coach Bobby Williams had questions about his teams running game. He got answers during the Spartans 56-7 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. I was happy the way the offensive line really established the line of scrimmage, he said.
When the Spartans take the field Saturday against Eastern Michigan, dont expect to see last years defense.Middle linebacker Josh Thornhill has moved on to the NFL, and the smash-mouth style MSU fans learned to love went with him.The task of replacing last seasons leading tackler goes to junior Mike Labinjo, who finished third on the team with 64 tackles last season.
With the college football season upon us, one thing is certain - its never too early to start the Heisman Trophy watch.That simple law of gridiron madness is especially pertinent when your campus has one of the lucky few candidates roaming around.
Chicago - One thing is becoming more clear as MSUs Aug. 31 kickoff approaches - the Spartans are a fixture on everyones radar screen. At this weekends annual Big Ten football Kickoff Luncheon, media members picked MSU to finish third in the conference and named junior wide receiver Charles Rogers the preseason Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.
Chicago - Although record-breaking wide receivers - instead of smash-mouth running backs - are receiving most of the preseason hype, the media seems to think the conference will return to the Big Two, Little Eight days of the Big Ten. The leagues preseason poll, released at the 31st annual Big Ten Conference Kickoff Luncheon last week, tabbed Michigan and Ohio State to finish first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten football standings.