2009 Michigan State Spartans football team

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2009 Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans logo.svg
Alamo Bowl, L 31–41 vs. Texas Tech
Conference Big Ten Conference
2009 record 6–7 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Mark Dantonio (3rd year)
Offensive coordinator Don Treadwell (3rd year)
Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi (3rd year)
Home stadium Spartan Stadium (c. 75,005 natural grass)
Seasons
← 2008
2010 →
2009 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Ohio State $   7 1         11 2  
#7 Iowa %   6 2         11 2  
#9 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#16 Wisconsin   5 3         10 3  
Northwestern   5 3         8 5  
Michigan State   4 4         6 7  
Purdue   4 4         5 7  
Minnesota   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         3 9  
Michigan   1 7         5 7  
Indiana   1 7         4 8  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Michigan State Spartans football team competed on behalf of the Michigan State University in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Spartans were coached by Mark Dantonio, who was in his third season with the Spartans. Michigan State played their home games in Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.

Previous season[edit]

Recruiting class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Denicos Allen
LB
Hamilton, Ohio Hamilton (OH) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.56 Oct 7, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Edwin Baker
RB
Oak Park, Michigan Oak Park (MI) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.40 Feb 26, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 81
David Barrent
OT
West Des Moines, Iowa Valley (IA) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 285 lb (129 kg) -- Jul 29, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 82
Larry Caper
RB
Battle Creek, Michigan Battle Creek Central (MI) 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.55 Mar 6, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Henry Conway
OT
Shaker Heights, Ohio Shaker Heights (OH) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 300 lb (140 kg) 5.10 Jan 21, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Dana Dixon
WR
Detroit, Michigan Renaissance (MI) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.55 Jun 20, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 73
Denzel Drone
LB
Plant City, Florida Plant City (FL) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.65 Jan 25, 2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 68
Bennie Fowler
WR
Beverly Hills, Michigan Detroit Country Day (MI) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.4 Jul 12, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Dan France
OT
North Royalton, Ohio North Royalton (OH) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 270 lb (120 kg) 4.9 Aug 3, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 73
Corey Freeman
DE
University Heights, Ohio Cleveland Heights (OH) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.55 Feb 4, 2009 
Scout:1/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Jeremy Gainer
LB
Livonia, Michigan Clarenceville (MI) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.50 Dec 18, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Tyquan Hammock
LB
Fort Wayne, Indiana Bishop Luers (IN) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.7 Jul 22, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Derek Hoebing
TE
Vermilion, Ohio Vermilion (OH) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 4.9 Jul 13, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 67
Jairus Jones
S
Tampa, Florida Wharton (FL) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.60 Jan 31, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Nate Klatt
C
Canal Fulton, Ohio Northwest (OH) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 280 lb (130 kg) 5.4 Jul 7, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Andrew Maxwell
QB
Midland, Michigan Midland (MI) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.9 Mar 2, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Kevin Muma
K
Troy, Michigan Troy (MI) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) -- Jan 19, 2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Chris Norman
LB
Detroit, Michigan Renaissance (MI) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.60 Feb 5, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Micajah Reynolds
OG
Lansing, Michigan J.W. Sexton (MI) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 317 lb (144 kg) 5.10 Jun 24, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Dion Sims
TE
Orchard Lake, Michigan St. Mary's Prep (OH) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.60 Jan 13, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 79
Donald Spencer
WR
Ypsilanti, Michigan Ypsilanti (MI) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 4.5 Feb 23, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Blake Treadwell
C
East Lansing, Michigan East Lansing (MI) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 273 lb (124 kg) 4.90 Mar 16, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
Patrick White
WR
Pickerington, Ohio Pickerington (OH) 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 171 lb (78 kg) 4.4 Jun 8, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 74
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 37   Rivals: 17
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Schedule[edit]

This season saw the Spartans schedule a Division I FCS opponent (Montana State) for the first time since the NCAA split Division I football in 1978. This left Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, and Washington as the only Division I FBS teams to never have played a lower-division opponent since the split.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 12:00 PM[2] Montana State* Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI BTN[2] W 44–3   74,518[3]
September 12 12:00 PM[2] Central Michigan* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan ESPN2[2] L 27–29   76,221[4]
September 19 3:30 PM[5] at Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) NBC[5] L 30–33   80,795[6]
September 26 12:00 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN L 30–38   80,123[7]
October 3 12:00 PM No. 22 Michigan Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) BTN W 26–20 OT  78,629[8]
October 10 12:00 PM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN W 24–14   62,870[9]
October 17 12:00 PM[10] Northwesterndagger Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN2 W 24–14   71,726[11]
October 24 7:00 PM[12] No. 6 Iowa Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI BTN[12] L 13–15   74,411[13]
October 31 8:00 PM[12] at Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN[12] L 34–42   50,805[14]
November 7 12:00 PM Western Michigan* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI BTN W 49–14   73,910[15]
November 14 12:00 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN W 40–37   48,408[16]
November 21 3:30 PM No. 14 Penn State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Land Grant Trophy) ABC/ESPN L 14–42   73,771[17]
January 2 9:00 PM vs. Texas Tech* AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl) ESPN L 31–41   64,757[18]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Regular season[edit]

Montana State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Montana State 0 0 3 0 3
Michigan State 7 21 6 10 44
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
0–0 First meeting

Central Michigan[edit]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
4–2 2004 MSU, 24–7
1 2 3 4 Total
Central Michigan 3 10 0 16 29
Michigan State 10 7 3 7 27

Notre Dame[edit]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
27–44–1 2008 MSU, 23–7
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 3 14 6 7 30
Notre Dame 13 3 10 7 33

Wisconsin[edit]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
27–20 2008 MSU, 25–24
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 0 7 10 13 30
Wisconsin 7 14 3 14 38

Michigan[edit]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
29–67–5 2008 MSU, 35–21
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Michigan 3 3 0 14 0 20
Michigan State 7 3 3 7 6 26

Michigan came into the game 4–0 (1–0 Big Ten) and ranked #22, looking to reclaim the Paul Bunyan trophy after losing to MSU the previous year. Michigan State dominated the first 55 minutes of regulation, building a 20-6 lead. Michigan rallied with two TDs in the final minutes to send the game to OT, but MSU quickly intercepted a pass and running back Larry Caper rushed 23 yards through multiple tackles for the game-winning score.

Illinois[edit]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
23–17–2 2006 Illinois, 23–20
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 14 3 7 0 24
Illinois 0 0 7 7 14

Northwestern[edit]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
33–16 2008 MSU, 37–20
1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 7 0 7 14
Michigan State 0 0 17 7 24

Iowa[edit]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
18–20–2 2008 MSU, 16–13
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 3 0 12 15
Michigan State 3 0 3 7 13

Final Seconds: With 2 seconds remaining in the game, on 4th and Goal from the Michigan State 7 and a half yard line, Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi snapped the ball and passed the ball to Iowa WR Marvin McNutt into the end zone as the time expired to win the game.

Minnesota[edit]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
25–16 2006 UM, 31–18
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 3 7 21 3 34
Minnesota 14 7 7 14 42

Western Michigan[edit]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
8–2 2003 MSU, 26–21
1 2 3 4 Total
Western Michigan 0 0 14 0 14
Michigan State 21 14 7 7 49

Purdue[edit]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
30–29–3 2008 MSU, 21–7
Michigan State at Purdue
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 7 10 6 17 40
Purdue 10 10 7 10 37

Penn State[edit]

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
12–13–1 2008 PSU, 49–18
1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 0 7 28 7 42
Michigan State 0 7 0 7 14

Alamo Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 7 7 14 3 31
Texas Tech 7 13 7 14 41

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Only one Spartan was selected in the 2010 NFL Draft. However, wide receiver Blair White signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Jeremy Ware 7 215 Cornerback Oakland Raiders


See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "Kickoff Times Set For Montana State, CMU". Michigan State Sports Information. June 24, 2009. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
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  5. ^ a b "Notre Dame Announces Kickoff Times For 2009 Home Football Schedule". University of Notre Dame Sports Information. February 14, 2009. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2009. 
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