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Michigan State offensive tackle Fou Fonoti, who suffered a season-ending knee injury two days prior to the Spartans' Sept. 15 home game against Notre Dame, plans to take a medical redshirt and return for the 2013 season. Fonoti, a second-year player from Cerritos (Calif.) College, started the last 11 games of the 2011 season and the first two contests of the 2012 campaign at right tackle.
Glad it's confirmed. He looked like MSU's best OL through the first 2 games. Hope he heals quickly!
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
Wait, was there any doubt?
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Yeah there was doubt in some minds but he could play in the big leagues and he would have a better chance if he came back and played, glad to have that settled, and I agree he looked the best on the ol through two games, and everything I've heard is that he is a great locker room/team guy. Fou!!!
so mattyfresh and so clean
Any wor on his recovery? Im guessing if he is healed he can go on the scout team right?
Yea, he was on track to graduate and everything. He could end up as McDonald's replacement, though I think 99% of the board will be begging for him to take France's spot.
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France is so slow he wears 25 pound ankle weights, fou at LT
Was just thinking about this after reading the press release about how he can play multiple line positions...Burkland seems to be getting his legs back underneath him at RT, so would we expect to see Fou at RG or potentially one of the other O-Line spots?
Assuming Jack Allen will move back to LG once Travis Jackson is healthy (although I really do like JA much better as a C, seems to be doing much better there then he was at LG). Not sure what the deal is with Treadwell - can't remember if he's a senior or if he's getting a redshirt year or what, but they'd at least have competition for the LG spot (JA vs. Treadwell) or C spot (JA vs. Jackson), depending on what they want to do with JA. And like you mentioned, might have a competition at LT with Fou and France.
How do you see it shaking out for next year?
Knee injury? MSU said it was a stress fracture in his foot.
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He has to come back to be a potential draft pick
Treadwell's a RS JR this season; he'll be back.
Sounds like MSU is going to have 6 returning "starters" for 5 spots:
France (RS SR), Fonoti (RS SR), Burkland (RS JR) at OT
Treadwell (RS SR), Jackson (RS JR), Allen (RS Soph) for the 2 OGs and C spot.
IMHO, Allen is much better suited at C than OG. Interior pass pro improved a lot once Treadwell was set at LG and Allen had a couple games under his belt at C. In retrospect, I wonder how much of France's struggles were related to Allen having problems with his assignments earlier in the year. Against Wisky, France was clearly injured, but he did play a strong role in keeping Maxwell clean against a Nebraska team that was averaging 3 sacks/game.
You can toss in Donovan Clark on the interior as well. That's 7 guys who saw at least 2 starts in '12.
Little worried about OT in '14, once France and Fonoti are gone. Hope Kieler is ready to go.
Great news he's coming back!
Agree about the concern with the O-line in 2014. Losing not just France and Fonoti but also Treadwell. If the injury bug bites again it could be rough. Of course, if the angry god continues to wreak havoc as usual next year we'll have plenty of opportunities to get the underclassmen some snaps.
Great. Now, please, please, please move Fou to left tackle and move France to right tackle.
Fou's announcement now is great for the coaches as they plan their scholarship numbers and determine how many are left for back-dating 2012 and filling for 2013.
I can see the optimism brewing for 2013 already:
Veteran OL, experienced QB and WR's. If Bell stays, look out...
Yea, only concern is that we said almost the exact same thing this year re: OL. I will admit that they had a great day against Nebraska, and that's a pretty darn aggressive front 4. Averaged 5.5 YPC and 238 yards rushing + 0 sacks given up. If they can continue to develop against Northwestern and Minnesota, I'll feel much better about their chances in 2013.
Quite frankly, if the receivers show they can catch the ball during the first part of the year like they have over the last few games, MSU beats tOSU and Iowa. I guess I look at it like this: the QB/WR unit was at the bottom of the learning curve at the beginning of the year, so assuming that guys get better the older they get, they should be improved for next year. Now, I'm not going to start predicting a 3500 yard 28 TD season for Maxwell or anything, but more effective passing should be in the cards.
I'd hope Bell comes back, but if he has a couple of big games down the stretch here, plus a decent bowl game, he should be gone. He'll finish with around 1500 yards on the ground and close to 400 carries on the year. No reason to beat his body up against without getting paid for it.
Gholston . . . it depends. That game against Wisconsin was ridiculous (5 tackles, all for loss, including 4 solo TFL), but that was the only day where he showed his potential. Unless he dominates the last 3 games, he's best served coming back.
I think Sims needs to go through a full year healthy before he jumps to the NFL. 2 straight years missing time due to injury makes things tenuous.
NO way....Fou back to right tackle and Burkland to Left Tackle: remember, Burkland beat out France TWO seasons ago, but then got hurt: France is NOT a starting LT in the Big Ten and has proven it time and again.....he is a BACKUP plain and simple!!!!!!!!!!!!
Umm....Burkland was a redshirt two years ago. Last year he beat out Fou at RT....
fair enough....still don't want France at LT next year....doesn't have the feet for it
Can we just get France to transfer the "University of Mime" for his advanced degree?
He's already got a BS in 'mime revolving door'.
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How does this affect Peko? I know he's big on us already but having a fellow Californian on the team couldn't hurt.
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