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Had some time to spare this afternoon and figured I would take a crack at compiling the starting lineups for both teams and comparing them position-by-position. Also predicted a final score, so feel free to chime in with your thoughts.
QB: Connor Cook
RB: Riley Bullough
FB: Trevon Pendleton
TE: Josiah Price
WR: Bennie Fowler
WR: Tony Lippett
WR: Aaron Burbridge
RT: Henry Conway
RG: Donavon Clark
C: Kodi Kieler
LG: Zach Higgins
LT: Derek Hoebing
DE: Marcus Rush
DT: Tyler Hoover
DT: Lawrence Thomas
DE: Jamal Lyles
OLB: Darien Harris
MLB: Max Bullough
OLB: Jairus Jones
CB: Trae Waynes
SS: Demetrious Cox
FS: Kurtis Drummond
CB: Mark Meyers
QB: Andrew Maxwell
RB: Jeremy Langford
FB: Ty Hamilton
TE: Andrew Gleichert
WR: Keith Mumphery
WR: AJ Troup
WR: Monty Madaris
RT: Jack Conklin
RG: Connor Kruse
C: Travis Jackson
LG: Blake Treadwell
LT: Fou Fonoti
DE: Shilique Calhoun
DT: James Kittredge
DT: Micajah Reynolds
DE: Joel Heath
OLB: Danny Folino
MLB: Kyler Elsworth
OLB: Taiwan Jones
CB: Ezra Robinson
SS: R.J. Williamson
FS: Mylan Hicks
CB: Jermaine Edmondson
Now, let’s take a look at the projected lineups position-by-position and see who has the advantage.
Quarterback: Easy pick. Give me the more experienced guy in Maxwell.
Running back: Tough call, but I like the one-two punch of Bullough and backup Nick Hill.
Fullback: Green drafted Pendleton, who remains the projected starter come fall, but the White team could use Lawrence Thomas if needed.
Offensive line: No contest. White has three experienced starters in Jackson, Fonoti and Treadwell, along with the No. 1 offensive tackle selection Jack Conklin.
Wide receiver: Some interesting players here for the White team, but Green boasts Aaron Burbridge and Bennie Fowler. Enough said.
Tight end: Andrew Gleichert and Juwan Caesar is an intriguing combo for the White squad and a safe bet against the redshirt freshmen Joisah Price and Evan Jones for the Green team.
Defensive Line: Green has a proven starter and promising newcomer in Marcus Rush and Jamal Lyles at the bookends. Tyler Hoover and Lawrence Thomas could also be the top two defensive tackles inside. White, meanwhile, has rising playmakers at defensive end with Shilique Calhoun and Joel Heath along with seasoned DTs James Kittredge and Micajah Reynolds.
Linebacker: White has a great outside backer in Taiwan Jones but, despite having just two LBs with any kind of playing experience, Max Bullough sure is a nice commodity in the middle for the Green.
Secondary: R.J. Williamson and Ezra Robinson should impress for the White squad, but Green triumphs here with a solid combo including Trae Waynes, Kurtis Drummond and Demetrious Cox.
Overall: On the surface, Green looks better on defense and White on offense. I like White’s offensive line and QB combo and I like the Green’s wideouts, running backs and secondary. Looks like another low-scoring affair and I see the White team taking it home by a slim margin.
Final Score: White 13, Green 10
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What happened to Ed Davis? Is he being held out?
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
I love that I read through the first defense and thought "damn, look at all those studs" and then read through the second defense, smiled, and thought the same thing. Our D is just so sickly loaded. The staff has done an outstanding job over the last several years.
DL looks very very deep this year.
I have a good feeling that both maxwell and cook will play well .
Now we can chant "Put in Tyler" no matter who is on offense.
Green teams OL looks . . . green
Holy depth Batman! God, I remember when MD came in, and one injury (especially on D) meant doom. Now, this is a team with 3rd or 4th string guys who seem to have a lot of talent (some unproved for sure, but still). Plus, many of our best players aren't even playing due to injury....and to top it off, this isn't even with the incoming frosh class. MD has done amazing things to stabilize this program.
This post was edited by akersmayo 12 months ago
Hoebing's a TE that's moved over. tOSU did that last year with Reid Fragel and he's going to be drafted at OT. Nice to see Conway still playing. I think the interior of Green's OL features the next 2 starting OGs, unless McGowan overtakes one.
he is still hurt i believe
Gotcha. Thought MSU would have enough OLBs so that Folino wasn't starting
That spot could go to Ty Hamilton as well, just wasn't sure.
White OL is way better but Green defense is way better
Rogue Leader= Obese coward who didn't attend MSU and has no college degree
OL difference is more significant than defense difference and it's not close.
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