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07 and 08 = best OLs of Dantonio era.
You do realize Dantonio coached them up, right? If JLS would have been coaching them they wouldn't have panned out the way they did.
Seems like it's been the worst and unluckiest position for recruiting. Hopefully Bollman is a difference maker.
Taking a brief glance, if I'm not mistaken, all of 3 Dantonio OL recruits have actually gone through the entire system and graduated from MSU. If the 07, 08 and 09 OL recruits weren't almost all getting scratched after 2 or 3 seasons, you might have some conclusive data. That also tells you something about why the OL has underperformed.
How does this troll continue to hang around?
Dantonio's best OL recruits hurt themselves. All of them.
Wasn't Foreman an MD recruit?
Are you like 15 years old?
Fuck it dude. Let's go bowling...
Oh noes! Someone called me a fag on an interwebz message board! Cue the faux outrage!
Could be because Wisconsin was 6th in the league in run defense that year and just behind Hawaii nationally..
Change the thread title to "Dantonio's best O-Lines were those that didn't have extensive injuries" and you would be 100% correct.
So you're REALLY close to being right. That should make you feel good about yourself...
Fixed it for ya.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
This is a beat-a-dead-horse topic, from Barnett on, the craziest rash of injuries ever. Even Foreman was playing on one leg by his senior year.
And Dantonio's best OL was the one that took the field the last 4 games of last season, and his all-time best will be whatever unti takes the field this year.
Throw in Finley with the three (and counting) Plan A recruits from this year, along with sleepers like Conklin and future studs like Clark and McGowan... big time players with the depth to absord crazy injuries.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
So you're saying Dantonio is whiffing on OL recruits?
The only lasting impression I get from that '07 MSU-Wiscy game was how pitiful our defense was. And how thrilled I am that's not the case any more.
And I'd take the '11 O-line over either of your two mentioned. Just my opinion.
Yea, here are the OL from the 2007-2009 class who suffered career ending injuries, or transferred from MSU before their eligibility expired
OT Chase Dumphord
OG Arthur Ray Jr.
OT Anthony Woods
OG John Deyo
OT Zach Heuter
OT David Barrent
C/OG Nate Klatt
That 11' line gelled over the last 3-4 games. I specifically remember Gruden saying "this MSU OL is the story of the second half, they've taken over this game". I've got to believe this years OL will be even better of we can start the same 5 all season.
The same guy that said he could picture Nichol blowing people up as an NFL safety? The offensive line held up against a good Georgia defense but they were far from, "the story of the second half."
I warming up to the Bollman hire - if only for this reason.
Bollman was extremely unpopular with Buckeye fans, had the reputation of underdeveloping talent.
Didn't Dantonio say that if it wasn't for rather Nichol would have been a safety and not a receiver?
The Bollman hire is solid for recruiting in the sense that he lends instant credibility to the staffs resume for producing NFL talent at the OL position. That was one thing I thought was missing from Roushar as well as Staten.
Harder for other schools to say don't go there because they don't have guys in the NFL. Now with Bollman having 27 or so guys make the NFL it nails down the final recruiting position where the staff may have had a perceived weakness before.
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