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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Spartans' season could fall through the cracks of their offensive line

If the statement, "you're only as strong as your weakest link" holds any truth, than Michigan State's football season could be hanging on by a thread. The Spartans offensive line, returning just two starters from last year, was a concern coming into the season. Now it's a nightmare.
More injuries and a lack of improvement by incoming lineman have placed a gaping hole in front of MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins. If MSU ever considered running the veer, or even Rich Rodriguez's spread option, now would be the time. No, seriously. Here's what MSU's starting offensive line will be for Saturday's game against Central Michigan.

LT - Dan France (6-foot-6, 315 lbs, sophomore): Two career starts.
LG - Joel Foreman (6-foot-4, 315 lbs, fifth year senior): The only remaining lineman with experience because of the injury to Blake Treadwell, Foreman must play flawless, which he didn't do last week against Notre Dame.
C - Travis Jackson (6-foot-3, 275 lbs, RS freshman): Zero career starts.
RG - Chris McDonald (6-foot-5, 300 lbs, junior): 12 career starts as an injury replacement.
RT - Fou Fonoti (6-foot-4, 300 lbs, junior): Zero career starts. Fonoti was a good junior college player, but he's yet to prove he can be effective in the Big Ten.

Expect the Chippewas to send the house at Cousins on Saturday. When Big Ten play begins, expect that strategy to become a major problem for the Spartans.


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