Mark Dell Continues Michigan State’s Glorious WR Tradition

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Now that undefeated and #5 ranked Michigan State football is having their best season since the 1966 national title year, it’s time to re-examine their very proud tradition at the wide receiver position.

Of all the position groups on the gridiron, certainly receiver is where MSU can boast their biggest names: Andre Rison, Muhsin Muhammad, Derrick Mason, Plaxico Burress, Kirk Gibson (although he really made his name in another sport), Courtney Hawkins, Charles Rogers, Mark Ingram, Chris Baker, the list goes on and on. You can even make a pretty good shirt list of just the guys that wore #1 in East Lansing.

Senior Mark Dell is keeping the trend going. MSU’s leader in receiving yards this season ranks 12th in MSU history with 1,759 receiving yards (16.9 avg., good for 16th) and 20th in career receptions with 104. And he also has the 5th highest single game receiving yards total in State history (202 vs. California in ’08)

“We’re definitely blessed at being in the same program, we’re just trying to keep on the great tradition that they left, like you said: Muhsin Muhammad, Andre Rison, Devin Thomas, Blair White is doing really well too,” Dell said after I caught up to him at Northwestern.

By Paul M. Banks

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Undefeated Michigan State Football: Not Bad for a “Basketball School”

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On the banks of the Red Cedar there’s a school that’s known to sports fans. Their specialty is basketball, and the Spartans also play great hockey. Excuse me for taking the Michigan State fight song, and changing the lyrics. But when people think about MSU sports, Tom Izzo’s hoops program comes to mind first. Six Final Fours in 11 years will do that.

But after beating a very game Illinois team, another school known for hardwood over the gridiron, The Spartans are 7-0 for the first time since 1966, when they won their first nine before tying Notre Dame 10-10 in one of college football‘s most iconic games.

Since then Spartan football has produced a Rose Bowl in 1988, some great wide receivers, and not much else. There is a very rich football history in East Lansing however. Legendary leader Duffy Daugherty led the Spartans to four national titles during the 1950s.

And this year’s Spartans, led by junior QB Kirk Cousins is possibly the greatest MSU team in a generation.

By Paul M. Banks

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