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MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
Albert Chen
August 13, 2010
Opponents should underestimate the Spartans at their own peril—this year's team has the firepower to make a surprise run at the Big Ten championship
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August 13, 2010

Michigan State Spartans

Opponents should underestimate the Spartans at their own peril—this year's team has the firepower to make a surprise run at the Big Ten championship

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QB KIRK COUSINS JUNIOR

One of the top passers in the conference, Cousins, who completed 60% of his throws for 2,680 yards and 19 TDs in '09, must keep improving for the Spartans to have any chance at contending for the Big Ten title.

TE CHARLIE GANTT SENIOR

The 6' 5" Gantt beefed up to 255 pounds in the off-season in order to be a bigger presence on the line. But the Spartans also need him to be a receiving threat: Gantt caught just two touchdown passes last year after having four in his sophomore season.

DT JEREL WORTHY SOPHOMORE

The Freshman All-America was a big force on the line last year, with 37 tackles and 4½ sacks while starting 11 of 13 games. Worthy sat out the spring after shoulder surgery but is on track to start in the fall.

RB LARRY CAPER SOPHOMORE

The Spartans need a star to emerge in the backfield, and Caper—who led the team with 468 yards rushing last year—could be that guy. He figures to split time with fellow sophomore Edwin Baker (427 yards), but Caper, a 5' 11", 215-pound bruiser, has bigger upside.

BREAKOUT PLAYER

WR KESHAWN MARTIN JUNIOR

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