2012 Michigan State Spartans football team

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2012 Michigan State Spartans football
MSUSpartans Logo.svg
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Legends Division
2012 record 7–6 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Mark Dantonio (6th year)
Offensive coordinator Dan Roushar (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi (6th year)
Base defense 4-3
Captain Max Bullough
Captain Andrew Maxwell
Captain Chris Norman
Home stadium Spartan Stadium (c. 75,005 natural grass)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends
#25 Nebraska xy   7 1         10 4  
#24 Michigan   6 2         8 5  
#17 Northwestern   5 3         10 3  
Michigan State   3 5         7 6  
Iowa   2 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Leaders
#3 Ohio State* x   8 0         12 0  
Penn State*   6 2         8 4  
Wisconsin y   4 4         8 6  
Purdue   3 5         6 7  
Indiana   2 6         4 8  
Illinois   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Wisconsin 70, Nebraska 31
† – BCS representative as conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the Legends Division of the Big Ten Conference during the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Michigan State played their home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan and were led by sixth year head coach Mark Dantonio. They finished the season 7–6, 3–5 in Big Ten play to finish in fourth place in the Legends Division. They were invited to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl where they defeated TCU.

Before the season[edit]

Previous season[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick# Team Player Position
2 51 Green Bay Packers Jerel Worthy Defensive Tackle
4 102 Washington Redskins Kirk Cousins Quarterback
4 121 Houston Texans Keshawn Martin Wide Receiver
6 180 San Francisco 49ers Trenton Robinson Safety
6 183 Miami Dolphins B.J. Cunningham Wide Receiver
7 250 San Diego Chargers Edwin Baker Running Back

Transfers in[edit]

DeAnthony Arnett, sophomore wide receiver, University of Tennessee

Transfers out[edit]

  • Matt Giampapa, long snapper, transferred to the University of Tennessee
  • Matt Ramondo, defensive tackle, transferred to New Mexico State University

Returning players[edit]

Michigan State returns 9 of 11 starters (losing defensive tackle Jerel Worthy and safety Trenton Robinson, in addition to DT Kevin Pickleman, a spot starter) from the nationally ranked 2011 defense, and returns 6 starters on offense, having to replace QB Kirk Cousins, WR B.J. Cunningham, RB Edwin Baker, WR Keith Nichol, OG Joel Foreman, and WR Keshawn Martin. Overall, MSU suffered very little roster attrition. The entire special teams unit remains intact, except for starting long snapper Matt Giampapa, who left the program during the summer for personal reasons. Redshirt freshman DT Matt Ramondo transferred to New Mexico State during the summer before the season.

Early NFL departures[edit]

Edwin Baker RB
Jerel Worthy DT

Recruiting class[edit]

Schedule[edit]

[1]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 8:00 PM #24 Boise State* #13 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN[2] W 17–13   78,709[3]
September 8 3:30 PM at Central Michigan* #11 Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, MI ESPNU W 41–7   35,127[4]
September 15 8:00 PM #20 Notre Dame* #10 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) ABC L 3–20   79,219[5]
September 22 3:30 PM Eastern Michigan* #21 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI BTN W 23–7   74,204[6]
September 29 3:30 PM #14 Ohio State #20 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ABC L 16–17   76,705[7]
October 6 12:00 PM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Old Brass Spittoon) BTN W 31–27   45,979[8]
October 13 12:00 PM Iowadagger Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN L 16–19 2OT  70,211[9]
October 20 3:30 PM at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) BTN L 10–12   113,833[10]
October 27 3:30 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ABC W 16–13 OT  80,538[11]
November 3 3:30 PM #21 Nebraska Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ABC L 24–28   73,522[12]
November 17 12:00 PM Northwestern Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN2 L 20–23   75,101[13]
November 24 3:30 PM at Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN W 26–10   44,194[14]
December 29 10:15 PM vs. TCU* Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl) ESPN W 17–16   44,617
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Boise State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Broncos 3 10 0 0 13
#13 Spartans 10 0 0 7 17

The Spartans overcame several large mistakes in the passing game with their top-flight defense and the efforts of Le'Veon Bell, who had 210 yards rushing on 44 carries and 56 receiving yards. MSU held Boise State to just 37 yards rushing, and scored the game winning touchdown with 8 minutes left. Michigan State retook possession with 6:32 remaining after a failed attempt to convert a 4th down by the Broncos. The Spartans successfully ran out the remainder of the time on their ensuing possession, eventually taking a knee at the goal line to ensure the victory.

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Central Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Spartans 7 17 10 7 41
Chippewas 0 0 0 7 7

Part of its Celebrate the State campaign, Michigan State traveled to Mt. Pleasant for the exceedingly rare occurrence of a power conference team traveling to the stadium of a small-conference school. Michigan State held a tenuous 14-0 lead as the second quarter wound down, but they scored 10 points in the final minute of the half, heading to the locker room up 24-0. The Spartans carried a shutout into the final two minutes, when second-string quarterback Connor Cook threw an interception that Jason Wilson returned for a touchdown. Central Michigan failed to score an offensive touchdown, as Boise State had the week before against MSU.

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–3 2011 MSU, 45–7


Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Fighting Irish 7 7 0 6 20
#10 Spartans 0 3 0 0 3

MSU was defeated by the Notre Dame at home in East Lansing. Le'veon Bell was held to 77 yards of offense. At the end of the night, Michigan State had accumulated 50 yards of offense against the Fighting Irish. On the other hand, Notre Dame managed 122 yards rushing and 300 yards total against the Spartan defense. In addition, the offensive line of Michigan State gave up 5 sacks to Notre Dame in the Irish win. This loss broke the Spartans' 15-home game winning streak.

Overall record Last meeting Result
28–46–1 2011 ND, 31–13


Eastern Michigan[edit]

The Spartans came from behind in the second half to defeat the Eagles in a game that featured a career high 253 yards rushing from Michigan State's top running back Le'Veon Bell.[15]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 7 0 0 7
#21 Spartans 0 3 6 14 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–0 2008 MSU, 42–10


Ohio State[edit]

#14 Ohio State at #20 Michigan State
1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Ohio State 7 0 10 0 17
#20 Michigan State 3 0 10 3 16

Michigan State played host to undefeated Ohio State, who were looking for revenge for last year's loss. The Buckeyes marched down the field on their opening drive and scored to take a 7-0 lead. Michigan State struck back with a Dan Conroy field goal to make it 7-3 early in the first quarter. Ohio State blocked a punt later in the 2nd quarter, but it proved to be in vain as Braxton Miller threw an interception afterwards. The rest of the 2nd quarter was a defense battle, with no one scoring and Michigan State kicker Dan Conroy missing a field goal, which proved to be the deciding points. Michigan State kicked another field early in the 3rd quarter to make it 7-6. Ohio State made a nice drive afterwards but would eventually settle for a Drew Basil field goal to make it 10-6. Later in the 3rd, Andrew Maxwell passed to Keith Mumphrey on a play action pass in which Mumphrey plowed through four OSU defenders to give the Spartans a 13-10 lead, their first of the game. Ohio State would reply with a throw to Devin Smith for a 63-yard touchdown to give the Buckeyes a 17-13 lead. Michigan State would later kick a field goal to make it 17-16, after taking over the ball on a Braxton Miller fumble. The referees initially ruled Miller down, and, in doing so, denied the Spartans what looked to be a probable touchdown.[18] Ohio State would eventually run the clock out to give Urban Meyer his first Big Ten win.

Overall record Last meeting Result
13–27 2011 MSU, 10–7


Indiana[edit]

The Spartans, who won the previous meeting by 52 points, entered the game as 14.5 point favorites.[19] However, the Hoosiers took a 7-0 lead on a 75-yard opening drive, and were up 17-0 with two minutes remaining in the first quarter, having limited MSU to no first downs. The Spartans immediately responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive, forcing an Indiana three-and-out, and a 65-yard touchdown drive, bringing the score back to 17-14. Indiana countered with their own 75-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 16-yard touchdown pass. A Michigan State penalty after the score allowed the Hoosiers to kick off from the 50-yard line. They surprised the Spartans with an onside kick, and took over at the Michigan State 34. After a deep throw was broken up by a defensive pass interference, the Hoosiers were moved into MSU's red zone. A 14-yard completion to the 6-yard line put the Hoosiers in prime position to add another seven points, but the Spartans made a goal line stand, only allowing Indiana to get a field goal. The Spartans ensuing drive was a three-and-out, but they punted to Indiana's 6-yard line. With only 29 seconds left, Indiana ran a two-yard run play and let the clock run out on the half. At half time, the score was Michigan State 14, Indiana 27.

Michigan State received the opening kick off of the second half, which went out of bounds. The Spartans were able to advance to Indiana's 29-yard line, but their drive ended with a 46-yard field goal. The rest of the quarter was a defensive struggle; Michigan State only had one more first down, while Indiana had two (one off a penalty). The Spartans gained the ball at their own 29-yard line with 14:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, and launched a 6 minute and 21 second touchdown drive. Three incomplete passes by Hoosier quarterback Cameron Coffman led Indiana to punt. The Spartans took over the ball on their own 49-yard line with 7:29 remaining. With an incomplete pass, a 15-yard run, and a 36-yard touchdown pass, the Spartans took a 31-27 lead with 6:35 remaining. While the Hoosiers were limited to a three-and-out, the ensuing punt was fumbled by Spartan returner Nick Hill. He was able to recover it, however, and in the scrum that followed the fumble, Indiana TE Ted Bolser was ejected. The Spartans were at the 50-yard line with 5:59 remaining, but they ran the ball and let the clock wind down. They were able to get three first downs, the last of which needed to be measured with the chains. With 28 seconds remaining, MSU ran for 1 yard on fourth down, securing the victory.

While the Spartans gave up almost 300 yards in the first half, they held Indiana to only 37 yards in the second. Spartan quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw for 290 yards, while Coffman threw for 282. Spartan running back Le'Veon Bell ran for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns, freshman Spartan receiver Aaron Burbridge caught 8 passes for 134 yards, and Shane Wynn led the Hoosiers with 12 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. The Spartans gave up 115 yards of penalties to Indiana's 36, but still outgained the Hoosiers in net yards, 410 to 317. Neither team committed a turnover, although both teams fumbled and recovered. The Old Brass Spittoon stuck with Michigan State, who last lost to Indiana in 2006. This game was Indiana's Homecoming game. With the loss, Hoosier coach Kevin Wilson remained without a head coaching victory in Big 10 play.

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 0 14 3 14 31
Hoosiers 17 10 0 0 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
41–15–2 2011 MSU, 55–3


Iowa[edit]

Iowa at Michigan State
1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
Iowa 0 3 0 10 3 3 19
Michigan State 7 3 0 3 3 0 16
  • Sources:

Michigan State begins a brutal 4-game stretch of Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nebraska at home against the Hawkeyes in a series that has consistently featured tight games. In the previous meeting, Michigan State dominated Iowa in Kinnick Stadium, avenging the Spartans' blowout in the same stadium in the 2010 game. Coming into the game, Iowa was undefeated in Big 10 play, but had lost to mutual opponent Central Michigan University. The Iowa offensive line came into the game having not surrendered a sack since the first game of the season. The day of the game brought a steady downpour and 40 degree temperatures to East Lansing.

The first quarter opened up with a Michigan State kickoff. However, the Hawkeyes turned it over on an interception five plays into the drive, and the Spartans ran the ball in with four consecutive runs by Le'Veon Bell, putting the Spartans up 7-0. The rest of the quarter consisted of the two teams exchanging punts, with neither team earning a first down again until the Spartans did so on the last play of the quarter. The Spartans drove to Iowa's 7-yard line on their next possession, but opted to kick a field goal on a 4th and 1. On the ensuing kickoff, Iowa Junior Jordan Cotton returned the ball for an 82-yard touchdown; however, a block in the back penalty committed against Michigan State's punter resulted in the ball being placed at the Michigan State 47. The Hawkeye drive did make it to the MSU red zone, but a goal line stand forced Iowa to settle for a field goal. On a last minute drive, the Spartans were sent into confusion as they had a first down with 7 seconds remaining; parts of the kicking team and the offense ran on the field, and Spartan quarterback Andrew Maxwell ran off. With no one under center to take the snap, the remaining seconds of the half ticked away.

During half time, the rain came to a stop. However, the game continued to remain a defensive struggle. The Spartans received the kick, advanced five yards in three plays, and punted. Iowa managed a first down, but also punted after gaining 14 yards. The Spartans gained 9 yards and punted, the Hawkeyes 7 before punting, and then the Spartans had a 4 play, 36-yard drive that resulted in a punt. Iowa took over on their 14-yard line, and advanced 66 yards—including converting on 4th and one—but had to settle for a field goal after again being stopped in the red zone. The Spartans' ensuing drive appeared to be stopped at their own 20 until Keith Mumphery was able to pull down a 37-yard pass in double coverage on third down. The Spartans converted another third down three plays later and drove into the Hawkeyes' red zone. Iowa's defense held strong, and the Spartans were forced to kick a field goal. At this point, the rain began to return to the stadium. After trading punts, the Hawkeyes took over on their 33-yard line. However, a 15-yard penalty for tripping and a two-yard loss put them at 2nd and 26. Keenan Davis made a 35-yard catch to save the Hawkyeyes, and Mark Weisman converted on 3rd and 6 with a 37-yard rush to put the Hawkeyes into the Spartan red zone. Weisman then made a five-yard run to equalize the score. The Spartans were unable to score in the remaining 55 seconds, sending the game to overtime.

Iowa won the coin toss, and elected to defend first. The Spartans made it to the seven-yard line, but were forced to kick a field goal. On Iowa's possession, they converted a third down, but a bobbled catch in the endzone on their second third down led to a Hawkeye field goal. The Hawkeyes, who started the second overtime on offense, were held to a field goal. However, on the Spartans' second play of their second possession, a tipped pass to Mumphrey was intercepted, ending the game with an Iowa victory.

Overall record Last meeting Result
19–22–2 2011 MSU, 37–21


Michigan[edit]

The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Spartans in the Big House 12-10 to win back the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The score was 6-0 UM at the end of the first half from two field goals. MSU quickly scored a touchdown in their first possession of the second half to go up 7-6. Michigan kicked a third field goal in the mid third quarter to go up 9-7. It appeared that Michigan had MSU stopped towards the end of the fourth by forcing them into a fourth and 9 on their own 30, however the Spartans ran a fake punt and advanced the ball almost to midfield on their way to scoring three more points to go up 10-9. Michigan got the ball back and drove all the way into MSU territory only to be stopped and punt the ball away with 4 minutes left. The Michigan defense held MSU to a three-and-out and they got the ball back at their own 39 with 2:11 left. UM advanced the ball all the way to MSU's 25-yard line and with 5 seconds left they spiked the ball. Brendan Gibbons lined up to kick the game winning field goal and was iced by MSU Head Coach Mark Dantonio. Gibbons lined back up and split the uprights to win the game for Michigan, 12-10. Michigan won without ever crossing the goal line. After the game the students and crowd overtook the police guarding the edges of the field and stormed the field. This was the 900th all-time win for the Wolverines, making them the first program to reach this level in the history of college football.

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 0 0 7 3 10
Wolverines 0 6 0 6 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
32–68–5 2011 MSU, 28–14


Wisconsin[edit]

In game 3 of the tough Big Ten stretch, the Spartans travelled to Madison aiming to win their 3rd straight regular season matchup. The budding rivalry has featured incredible games over the past few seasons, such as the Hail Mary victory for MSU in the 2011 regular season matchup, the rollercoaster inaugural Big Ten Championship game won by Wisconsin, and the 2008 matchup that was won on a game-winning field goal by former MSU kicker Brett Swenson.

The game would start with both teams trading punts off their first offensive series. Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave finally struck first with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Peterson with 13:44 remaining in the 2nd quarter. The Spartans would respond with only a 34-yard field goal. MSU failed to capitalize on a blocked punt on Wisconsin's own 11 yard line thanks to a holding penalty, a false start penalty, and an 8-yard sack of Andrew Maxwell pushing them back to the Wisconsin 34-yard line. Both teams would start the second half by punting a combined 9 times before MSU lost a fumble to Wisconsin on the MSU 18-yard line. Wisconsin would kick a field goal to go up 10-7 with 6:06 remaining in the 4th quarter. Andrew Maxwell engineered a 12 play scoring drive tying the game at 10-10, going 8/9 for 69-yards and a TD pass to Le'Veon Bell with 1:08 remaining. Wisconsin then stalled at their own 42-yard line, forcing overtime. Danny O'Brien, who replaced Joel Stave at quarterback for Wisconsin after a sack by William Gholston early in the 3rd, could not reach the endzone and Wisconsin settled for a field goal to start overtime. After Le'Veon Bell moved the MSU offense to the Wisconsin 12-yard line, Andrew Maxwell would face a 3rd and 8 hoping to score or continue the drive. He connected with Bennie Fowler in the endzone to earn the Spartans another victory over the Badgers in Madison.

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Spartans 3 0 0 7 6 16
Badgers 7 0 0 3 3 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–22 2011 UW, 42–39


Nebraska[edit]

Michigan State will go for its first win ever against the Cornhuskers at home. The Spartans were blown out last year in Lincoln.

1 2 3 4 Total
Cornhuskers 7 7 0 14 28
Spartans 7 7 3 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–6 2011 NU, 24–3


Northwestern[edit]

The Spartans celebrated senior day, but offensive miscues put a damper on the day. Michigan State was twice stopped on the one-yard line, only getting two of a possible 14 points as they recorded a safety following a turnover on downs. An incomplete pass on 4th down from their own 30 ended comeback chances.

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 3 14 3 23
Spartans 2 3 8 7 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–16 2011 MSU, 31–17


Minnesota[edit]

MSU traveled to Minneapolis to face legends division foe Minnesota. The Spartans won on the road to even their 2012 record at 6-6, and became eligible for a post-season bowl game.

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 6 7 3 10 26
Golden Gophers 7 0 3 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–17 2011 MSU, 31–24


TCU (Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl)[edit]

The first half of the game was dominated by TCU. After a combined three opening three-and-outs to start, TCU marched 73 yards (the first 20 of which came from MSU Penalties) down the field in nine plays, scoring a touchdown on a 4-yard run by Matthew Tucker. A successful PAT put TCU up 7-0. On TCU's next drive, they had a first down to start the second quarter at the MSU 19-yard line. A five-yard penalty and a nine-yard sack forced TCU's Jaden Oberkrom to kick a 47-yard field goal. MSU played backup quarterback Connor Cook during their next drive, but only gained 16 yards. TCU took over after the punt on their own 4-yard line. Thanks to a 61-yard pass to junior Josh Boyce followed by a 15-yard penalty against the Spartans, Oberkrom was again able to finish the drive with a field goal. With Maxwell playing quarterback again, the Spartans gained 21 yards before punting. On TCU's next possession, Trevone Boykin was intercepted at MSU's 7-yard line. After another three-and-out for MSU, TCU kneeled to run out the time in the half. MSU ended all of its drives in the half with punts. Only three of MSU's seven drives in the first half resulted in a first down, and all were limited to only one each.

Both teams started the second half with drives that earned only one first down. On MSU's second possession of the half, Connor Cook resumed quarterback duties. Starting at their own 10, the Spartans were propelled by Le'Veon Bell, who rushed for 35 yards and passed for another 29. a 15-yard pass from Cook to Aaron Burbridge gave MSU its first points of the night with 43 seconds left in the third quarter. The teams then exchanged two punts each; on MSU's second punt, however, TCU's Skye Dawson fumbled. Spartan RJ Williamson recovered, giving MSU the ball four yards from the opposing end zone. A four-yard rushing touchdown and a successful PAT gave MSU its first lead with 7:00 remaining in the game. Both teams went three-and-out on their ensuing possessions. After a 15-yard penalty on the Spartan punt, the Horned Frogs took over at their own 36 with 4:26 remaining. Sparked by a 27-yard pass to LaDarius Brown, TCU got close enough for Oberkrom to kick a career-long 53-yard field goal. The Spartans responded with a 47-yard field goal from Conroy with 1:01 remaining. The Horned Frogs were unable to get a first down on their next drive, giving the ball—and the win—to MSU with 21 seconds remaining.

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin ended the game with 201 yards passing and 37 yards rushing, while Spartan quarterbacks Maxwell and Cook threw for 28 and 47 yards, respectively. Spartan tailback Le'Veon Bell threw for 29 yards—more than his first string quarterback—and ran for 145 yards and a touchdown. TCU recorded three sacks, the Spartans 4. Jason Verret and Kenny Cain led the Horned frogs with 12 tackles each, while William Gholston and Max Bullough had 9 each for the Spartans. Michigan State safety Isaiah Lewis recorded the only interception of the game. Bell and Gholtson earned the honors of offensive and defensive MVPs, respectively.

1 2 3 4 Total
Horned Frogs 7 6 0 3 16
Spartans 0 0 7 10 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0–0 1953 MSU, 26–19


Rankings[edit]


Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 13 11 10 21 20 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Coaches' 13 11 10 20 18 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Harris Not released RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released


Roster[edit]

2012 Michigan State Spartans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 66 Allen, JackJack Allen Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 5 Arnett, DeanthonyDeanthony Arnett So
QB 12 Badovinac, PeterPeter Badovinac Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 87 Barksdale, TresTres Barksdale Fr
RB 24 Bell, Le'VeonLe'Veon Bell Jr
FB 45 Bobek, JeffJeff Bobek Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 57 Brown, AdamAdam Brown Fr
WR 16 Burbridge, AaronAaron Burbridge Fr
OT 70 Burkland, SkylerSkyler Burkland Redshirt.svg So
WR 11 Caesar, JuwanJuwan Caesar Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 22 Caper, LarryLarry Caper Sr
OL 76 Clark, DonavonDonavon Clark Redshirt.svg Fr
OT 73 Conway, HenryHenry Conway Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 18 Cook, ConnorConnor Cook Redshirt.svg Fr
OT 74 Conklin, JackJack Conklin Fr
OT 65 Dennis, MichaelMichael Dennis Redshirt.svg So
OG 71 Deyo, JohnJohn Deyo Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 28 Fant, TonyTony Fant Fr
OT 51 Fonoti, FouFou Fonoti Sr
WR 13 Fowler, BennieBennie Fowler Redshirt.svg Jr
OT 59 France, DanDan France Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 92 Gleichert, AndrewAndrew Gleichert Redshirt.svg So
OG 67 Higgins, ZachZach Higgins Fr
RB 20 Hill, NickNick Hill Redshirt.svg So
TE 84 Hoebing, DerekDerek Hoebing Redshirt.svg Jr
OG 74 Hueter, ZachZach Hueter Redshirt.svg Sr
C 63 Jackson, TravisTravis Jackson Injured Redshirt.svg So
TE 85 Jones, EvanEvan Jones Fr
OL 69 Kamm, ShawnShawn Kamm Redshirt.svg So
WR 4 Kerrick, KyleKyle Kerrick Fr
OT 79 Kieler, KodiKodi Kieler Fr
WR 3 Kings, MacGarrettMacGarrett Kings Fr
C 72 Klatt, NateNate Klatt Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 54 Kruse, ConnorConnor Kruse Redshirt.svg So
TE 83 Lang, PaulPaul Lang Fr
RB/WR 33 Langford, JeremyJeremy Langford Redshirt.svg So
OG 53 Lints, KyleKyle Lints Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 88 Madaris, MontyMonty Madaris Fr
QB 10 Maxwell, AndrewAndrew Maxwell Redshirt.svg Jr
OG 62 McDonald, ChrisChris McDonald Redshirt.svg Sr
OG 75 McGowan, BennyBenny McGowan Fr
WR 25 Mumphery, KeithKeith Mumphery Redshirt.svg So
WR 17 Nichol, KyleKyle Nichol Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 7 O'Connor, TylerTyler O'Connor Fr
FB 38 Palazeti, NikoNiko Palazeti Redshirt.svg So
FB 37 Pendleton, TrevonTrevon Pendleton Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 82 Price, JosiahJosiah Price Fr
C 68 Ruhland, EthanEthan Ruhland Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 80 Sims, DionDion Sims Jr
WR 21 Sims Jr., AndreAndre Sims Jr. Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 48 Stevens, DrewDrew Stevens Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 32 Tompkins, NickNick Tompkins Fr
C/OG 64 Treadwell, BlakeBlake Treadwell Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 19 Troup, A.J.A.J. Troup Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 16 Vento, TommyTommy Vento Redshirt.svg Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 5 Adams, JohnnyJohnny Adams Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 28 Allen, DenicosDenicos Allen Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 40 Bullough, MaxMax Bullough Jr
LB 30 Bullough, RileyRiley Bullough Fr
DE 89 Calhoun, ShiliqueShilique Calhoun Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 87 Clemons, BrandonBrandon Clemons Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 36 Colquhoun, ArjenArjen Colquhoun Redshirt.svg Fr
S 7 Cox, DemetriousDemetrious Cox Fr
DT 65 Curtis, DougDoug Curtis Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 43 Davis, EdEd Davis Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 31 Dennard, DarquezeDarqueze Dennard Jr
CB 12 Dixon, DanaDana Dixon Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 52 Drone, DenzelDenzel Drone Redshirt.svg Jr
S 27 Drummond, KurtisKurtis Drummond Redshirt.svg So
DB 39 Edmondson, JermaineJermaine Edmondson Fr
DB 29 Elliott, SpencerSpencer Elliott Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 41 Elsworth, KylerKyler Elsworth Redshirt.svg Jr
DT 96 Fennell, DavidDavid Fennell Fr
S 19 Folino, DannyDanny Folino Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 55 Freeman, CoreyCorey Freeman Sr
LB 47 Gainer, JeremyJeremy Gainer Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 50 Gardiner, SteveSteve Gardiner Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 2 Gholston, WilliamWilliam Gholston Jr
LB 42 Hamilton, TyTy Hamilton Redshirt.svg So
LB 49 Hammock, TyQuanTyQuan Hammock Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 45 Harris, DarienDarien Harris Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 92 Heath, JoelJoel Heath Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 6 Hicks, MylanMylan Hicks Redshirt.svg So
DE 91 Hoover, TylerTyler Hoover Redshirt.svg Jr
NT 61 Jeremiah, AntonioAntonio Jeremiah Redshirt.svg Sr
S 23 Jones, JairusJairus Jones Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 34 Jones, TaiwanTaiwan Jones So
DL 81 Kittredge, JamesJames Kittredge Redshirt.svg So
DE 93 Knox, DamonDamon Knox Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 35 Laneaux, ChrisChris Laneaux Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 33 Langford, JeremyJeremy Langford Redshirt.svg So
S 9 Lewis, IsaiahIsaiah Lewis Jr
CB 14 Lippett, TonyTony Lippett Redshirt.svg So
DE/LB 11 Lyles, JamalJamal Lyles Fr
S 29 Meyers, MarkMark Meyers Fr
LB 10 Norman, ChrisChris Norman Sr
NT 60 Reynolds, MicajahMicajah Reynolds Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 48 Rhomberg, PatPat Rhomberg Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 37 Robinson, EzraEzra Robinson Fr
LB 44 Rush, MarcusMarcus Rush Redshirt.svg So
NT 58 Sanders, JordanJordan Sanders Redshirt.svg So
DT 97 Scarpinato, MarkMark Scarpinato Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 8 Thomas, LawrenceLawrence Thomas Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 15 Waynes, TraeTrae Waynes Redshirt.svg Fr
NT 98 White, Anthony RashadAnthony Rashad White Sr
CB 32 White, MitchellMitchell White Redshirt.svg Sr
S 26 Williamson, R.J.R.J. Williamson Redshirt.svg Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 4 Conroy, DanDan Conroy Redshirt.svg Sr
LS 51 Moore, SteveSteve Moore Jr
K 17 Muma, KevinKevin Muma Redshirt.svg Jr
LS 52 Pepper, TayborTaybor Pepper Fr
P 3 Sadler, MikeMike Sadler Redshirt.svg So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Pat NarduzziDefensive Coordinator
  • Dan RousharOffensive Coordinator
  • Harlon BarnettSecondary
  • Ted Gill – Defensive Line
  • Brad Salem – Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
  • Terrence Samuel – Wide Receivers
  • Mark Staten – Offensive Line
  • Mike Tressel – Linebackers/Special Teams
  • Dave Warner – Quarterbacks

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: November 24, 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Notre Dame vs Michigan State (Sep 15, 2012)" (Press release). Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
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  7. ^ "Ohio State vs Michigan State (Sep 29, 2012)" (Press release). Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Michigan State vs Indiana (Oct 6, 2012)" (Press release). Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
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  11. ^ "Michigan State vs Wisconsin (Oct 27, 2012)" (Press release). Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
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  13. ^ "Northwestern vs Michigan State (Nov 17, 2012)" (Press release). Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Michigan State vs Minnesota (Nov 24, 2012)" (Press release). Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  15. ^ Le'Veon Bell's career high rushing and big ten offensive player of the week award.
  16. ^ "Ohio State vs Michigan State (Sep 29, 2012)". Ohio State University Department of Athletics. 
  17. ^ "No. 14 Ohio State Holds Off No. 20 Michigan State, 17-16". Ohio State University Department of Athletics. 
  18. ^ Vannini, Chris (September 30, 2012). "Recap: Horseshoes and hand grenades". The Only Colors. SB Nation. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  19. ^ Vannini, Chris (October 4, 2012). "Previewing MSU vs. Indiana". The Only Colors. SB Nation. Retrieved October 6, 2012.