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2008 Michigan State Spartans Season
Michigan State RB Javon Ringer
Michigan State RB Javon Ringer
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Posted Feb 4, 2009


2008 Michigan State Spartans Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Michigan State Spartans

Jan. 1
2009 Capital One Bowl
Georgia 24 … Michigan State 12

Georgia and Matthew Stafford sputtered thorough an ugly first half, only managing a 32-yard Blair Walsh field goal while MSU got two Brett Swenson field goals. The third quarter didn’t start out much better, but the defense held the MSU running game in check just long enough for Stafford to get hot. He threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Michael Moore and a 21-yarder to Aron White in the final three minutes of the third quarter for a 17-6 lead, but the Spartans were able to get back into the game with a one-yard Javon Ringer run midway through the fourth. And then Georgia put it away going 67 yards on 11 plays in just over five minutes with Stafford and Knowshon Moreno hooking up for a 21-yard touchdown.
Player of the Game: Georgia QB Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-31 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.
Stat Leaders: Michigan State - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 18-34, 169 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 20-47, 1 TD. Receiving: B.J. Cunningham, 6-52
Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 20-31, 250 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 23-62. Receiving: Michael Moore, 6-97, 1 TD
Inside The Box Score ... 5 Thoughts on the Outback Bowl …Michigan State LB Greg Jones led the way with 12 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss … Nine different Bulldogs came up with a tackle for loss, and six came up with sacks … Michigan State’s Aaron Bates put four of his five punts inside the 20. … Time of possession: Each team had the ball for 30 minutes. … Average rushing yards per play: Georgia 2.5 – MSU 0.9 … Sacks: Georgia 6 for 40 yards – MSU 2 for 15.

- 2008 MSU Preview
- 2007 MSU Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
7-5
2008 Results: 9-4

Aug. 30 at California L 38-31
Sept. 6 Eastern Mich W 42-10
Sept. 13 Florida Atlantic W 17-0
Sept. 20 Notre Dame W 23-7
Sept. 27 at Indiana W 42-29
Oct. 4 Iowa W 16-13
Oct. 11 at Nwestern W 37-20
Oct. 18 Ohio State L 45-7
Oct. 25 at Michigan W 35-21
Nov. 1 Wisconsin W 25-24
Nov. 8 Purdue W 21-7
Nov. 15 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 22 at Penn State L 49-18
Capital One Bowl
Jan. 1 Georgia L 24-12

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
4-8
2007 Results:
7-6

Sept. 1 UAB W 55-18
Sept. 8 B. Green W 28-17
Sept. 15 Pitt W 17-13
Sept. 22 at No Dame W 31-14
Sept. 29 at Wisconsin L 37-34
Oct. 6
Nwestern L 48-41 OT
Oct. 13 Indiana W 52-27
Oct. 20 at Ohio State L 24-17
Oct. 27
at Iowa L 34-27 2OT
Nov. 3 Michigan L 28-24
Nov. 10 at Purdue W 48-31
Nov. 17 Penn State W 35-31
Champs Sports Bowl
Dec. 28 Boston College L 24-21

Nov. 22
Penn State 49 … Michigan State 18
Penn State dominated throughout with the defense holding MSU to 35 rushing yards while the offense rolled at will. Daryll Clark threw two touchdowns passes, and ran for another, as Penn State jumped out to a 28-0 lead before MSU finally got on the board with a one-yard Javon Ringer touchdown run. And then it was all Deon Butler in the second half as he caught three passes for three touchdowns scoring from four, 70, and 59 yards out to make the game a laugher. MSU came up with 11 late points highlighted by a 23-ard Mark Dell catch with just over a minute to go.
Player of the game: Penn State QB Daryll Clark completed 16-of-26 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns, and he ran four times for four yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Michigan State - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 25-40, 206 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 17-42, 1 TD. Receiving: Blair White, 8-71
Penn State - Passing: Daryll Clark, 16-26, 341 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: Evan Royster, 12-79. Receiving: Jordan Norwood, 5-127
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Michigan State was walking into a buzzsaw. It was facing a more talented Penn State team that was fully focused and playing at home on senior day with the Rose Bowl on the line. The lines were beaten up and the offense wasn’t able to do anything. On the plus side, Greg Jones had himself a man’s game. The Spartan linebacker made 15 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss, but that’s little consolation. This has been a terrific season for the Spartans and they’re going to a New Year’s Day bowl game in Florida. For a program that’s still taking positive steps, take it and be proud. The team is headed in the right direction.

Nov. 8
Michigan State 21 … Purdue 7
Michigan State got a touchdown in each of the first three quarter as Javon Ringer score on a one-yard run in the first and a one-yarder in the third, and Johnny Adams took a Justin Siller interception 40 yards for a score in with nine seconds left in the first half. Purdue got its only points on a one-yard Siller run with 42 seconds to play.  
Player of the game: Michigan State RB Javon Ringer ran 32 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Purdue - Passing: Justin Siller, 13-30, 83 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 22-93. Receiving: Desmond Tardy, 5-37
Michigan State - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 10-22, 154 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 32-121, 2 TD. Receiving: B.J. Cunningham, 5-63
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Purdue is ending the Joe Tiller era with a whisper. With Curtis Painter out, Justin Siller failed to move the ball enough on the Michigan State defense completing just 13-of-30 passes. Kory Sheets tried to carry the offense, but he didn’t get much room to move thanks to a rough day from the offensive line. As bad as things have been, the Boilermakers can close on a high note and can make some noise with a win at Iowa before finishing against Indiana.
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Spartans are still in the Rose Bowl hunt. They’ll need to beat Penn State in two weeks, after getting a week to rest up, and there’s still the tie-breaker with Ohio State to deal with, but at the very least, a win would almost certainly mean a trip to one of the BCS bowls. However, it has to be a concern that Brian Hoyer and the passing game still aren’t clicking this late into the season. He was off all game long while the offense turned it over four times. To beat the Nittany Lions, Hoyer will have to be nearly perfect while there can’t be any major turnovers.

Nov. 1
Michigan State 25 … Wisconsin 24
Michigan State was all but dead as Wisconsin just needed to get a first down to run the clock out, but a penalty, the 12th of the game for the Badgers, provided new life, and Brian Hoyer came through. The Spartans marched 56 yards in 1:12 with Brett Swenson hitting a 44-yard field goal for the game-winner. Swenson nailed three other field goals, including a 50 yarder with just over five minutes to play. Wisconsin held MSU to 25 net rushing yards, but Javon Ringer ran for two, two-yard touchdowns. The Badger ground game got 100 yard days from both P.J. Hill and John Clay, with Hill running for a 10-yard touchdown and Clay scoring on a 32-yard run in the fourth quarter before MSU scored 12 unanswered points in the final 8:13.
Player of the game: Michigan State PK Brett Swenson hit all four of his field goal attempts from 27, 21, 50, and the game-winner from 44 yards out
Stat Leaders: Wisconsin - Passing: Dustin Sherer, 14-28, 149 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: John Clay, 14-111, 1 TD. Receiving: Garrett Graham, 6-68, 1 TD
Michigan State - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 19-44, 252 yds
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 21-54, 2 TD. Receiving: Blair White, 7-164
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The running game wasn’t working, the defense was steamrolled over, and Brian Hoyer completed just 19-of-44 passes, but Michigan State still managed to come up with the win over Wisconsin when the chances were there to take. This is the type of win that can rally the team down the backstretch to show that this really might be a special year. The goal is to get through the Purdue game without looking ahead to Penn State. There’s a week off between the Boilermakers and Nittany Lions, so expect a steady dose of Javon Ringer.

Oct. 25
Michigan State 35 … Michigan 21
Javon Ringer ran for 194 yards with touchdown runs from 64 and three yards out, and Brian Hoyer threw three touchdown passes including a 61-yarder to Blair White to open the scoring. Michigan had a 21-14 lead helped by two Brandon Minor touchdowns, including a disputed play when he hit the pylon forcing a review, but the Spartans overcame the controversy with 21 unanswered points. The two teams combined for seven turnovers and 14 penalties.
Player of the game: Michigan State RB Javon Ringer ran 37 times for 194 yards and two touchdowns, and caught two passes for 25 yards.
Stat Leaders: Michigan - Passing: Steven Threet, 13-27, 168 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Brandon Minor, 15-55, 1 TD. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 6-42
Michigan - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 17-29, 282 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 37-194, 2 TD. Receiving: Blair White, 4-143, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Javon Ringer will be the story in the win over Michigan, once again showing he’s Heisman-worthy with a yeoman-like effort, but Brian Hoyer needs to get credit, too. Under an intense pass rush, he was sacked five times, but he held up and didn’t throw any interceptions while taking what the Wolverine defense gave him. Now the spotlight will be on with home games against Wisconsin and Purdue up next. Win those, and the Penn State game will be for the Rose Bowl.

Oct. 18
Ohio State 45 … Michigan State 7
Ohio State forced five turnovers and came up with three sacks as the defense dominated the MSU offense, allowing just a three-yard Charlie Gantt touchdown catch in the third quarter, while the offense did its part on the way to a 28-0 start. Beanie Wells ran for two short scores and Terrelle Pryor ripped off an 18-yard touchdown dash and threw a seven-yard scoring pass to Brian Robiskie in the first half, and then the D took over.  Thaddeus Gibson took a fumble 69 yards for a touchdown and Jermale Hines scooped up a fumble for a 48-yard touchdown with 15 seconds to play.
Player of the game: Ohio State RB Beanie Wells ran 31 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Michigan State - Passing: Kirk Cousins, 18-25, 161 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 16-67. Receiving: Blair White, 6-47 
Ohio State - Passing: Terrelle Pryor, 7-11, 116 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Beanie Wells, 31-140, 2 TD. Receiving: Brandon Smith, 3-37
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Ohio State decided to play up to its talent level for a game, and Michigan State just so happened to be on the other end of the blasting. Brian Hoyer was under pressure when he was in the game, hurt his hand, and was out until late, but Kirk Cousins did a decent job of getting the passing game moving by spreading it around and using the short pass. The production didn’t lead to much, but at least Cousins got some good work in. Now the Spartans have to keep their heads up and regain their focus to get through the rivalry date with Michigan.

Oct. 11
Michigan State 37 … Northwestern 20
MSU jumped out to an early 17-0 lead helped by good field position and Northwestern mistakes. Javon Ringer ran for two touchdowns and Brian Hoyer threw short touchdown passes to Garrett Celek and Andrew Hawken to keep the Spartans comfortably ahead. The Wildcats got the offense moving, outgaining MSU 459 yards to 297, but couldn’t get closer than 10 points after the first quarter. C.J. Bacher threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Rasheed Ward and ran for a four-yard score, but he threw two interceptions.
Player of the game: Michigan State RB Javon Ringer ran 35 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Northwestern - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 14-20, 169 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 35-124, 2 TD. Receiving: B.J. Cunningham, 4-44
Michigan State - Passing: C.J. Bacher, 34-61, 283 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Tyrell Sutton, 23-139. Receiving: Ross Lane, 9-113
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Michigan State went into a tough road game at Northwestern and took care of business. Javon Ringer struggled a bit to find room, but he was still effective, while Brian Hoyer had his best game of the year. The Spartan QB was efficient, effective, and he didn’t turn the ball over. After getting the big early lead, the team never let the Wildcats get back into the game. Now the real work begins with Ohio State next week and Wisconsin and Penn State still looming. If the team plays like it did against NU, there might not be a problem.


Oct. 4
Michigan State 16 ... Iowa 13
Deep in Michigan State territory, Iowa could've kicked a field goal for the tie but chose to go for it on fourth and one. On the MSU 21, Shonn Greene was stuffed and the Spartans were able to stop the comeback. MSU scored the first 13 points on two of Brett Swenson's three field goals, and Charlie Gantt caught a four-yard touchdown pass, but Javon Ringer was held in check and Iowa's offense started to move in the second half. Tony Mossbrucker hit two field goals and Andy Brodell caught a 31-yard touchdown pass, but the Hawkeyes couldn't get te one yard it absolutely needed.
Player of the game: Michigan State LB Adam Decker made eight tackles and a tackle for loss, and made the fourth down stop to seal the win
Stat Leaders: Michigan State
- Passing: Brian Hoyer, 13-24, 184 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 25-91. Receiving: B.J. Cunningham, 4-76
Iowa
- Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 15-22, 158 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Shonn Greene, 30-157. Receiving: Any Brodell, 5-79, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Iowa ganged up to stop Javon Ringer, and while Brian Hoyer had a nice day overall, he struggled in the second half to keep things moving. The defense came up with a clutch stop in the end, and overall it did a nice job of getting into the backfield. Trevor Anderson finally came up with his breakout day, cranking out 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. If he can be the steady pass rusher he appeared to be this off-season, the defense will go to another level.

Sept. 27
Michigan State 42 … Indiana 29
Javon Ringer ran for 198 yards and a one-yard touchdown, but the rest of the Spartans came through to help out in the win. Brian Hoyer ran for a score and connected with Mark Dell for a 14-yard touchdown pass and with Charlie Gantt for an 82-yard touchdown as part of a 27-point first half, but Indiana stayed alive with a 78-yard Marcus Thigpen touchdown run with 48 seconds to play. Michigan State controlled the second half, but IU came up with some big plays, for good and bad. Thigpen took a pass 79 yards for a touchdowns, and late in the third quarter the Hoosiers got what appeared to be a 97-yard touchdown play from backup QB Ben Chappell to Terrance Turner, but IU was called for a holding penalty for a safety. Michigan State finished with 497 yards of total offense, IU had 473.
Player of the game: Michigan State RB Javon Ringer ran 44 times for 198 yards and a touchdown, adding two receptions for 20 yards.
Stat Leaders: Michigan State
- Passing: Brian Hoyer, 14-26, 261 yds, 2 TDs
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 44-198, 1 TD. Receiving: Keshawn Martin, 3-31
Indiana
- Passing: Kellen Lewis, 12-21, 177 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: Marcus Thigpen, 9-113, 2 TDs. Receiving: Ray Fisher, 7-43, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
While it might seem like there's more to the MSU offense than Javon Ringer, there isn't. Ringer ran 44 times against Indiana, and when the other parts of the offense were working, it was because everyone was keying on Ringer. Even so, Brian Hoyer had his best game of the year and the O line did a fantastic job against the excellent IU pass rush. As long as the defense can prevent the big plays it gave up this week, there shouldn't be a problem against Iowa and Northwestern.

Sept. 20
Michigan State 23 … Notre Dame 7
Javon Ringer ran for 201 yards and two one-yard touchdowns as MSU powered its way past Notre Dame. Down 13-0 going into the fourth quarter, the Irish got a 26-yard touchdown catch from Michael Floyd, but MSU bounced back with a 23-yard Brett Swenson field goal and closed the game with the second Ringer score. MSU outgained the Irish 203 yards to 16 on the ground.
Player of the game: Michigan State RB Javon Ringer ran for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries.
Stat Leaders: Notre Dame
- Passing: Jimmy Clausen, 24-41, 242 yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Rushing: Golden Tate, 1-24. Receiving: Michael Floyd, 7-86, 1 TD
Michigan State
- Passing: Brian Hoyer, 12-26, 143 yds
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 39-201, 2 TDs. Receiving: Mark Dell, 4-80
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Javon Ringer needs a break. He’s getting way too much work considering the Big Ten season hasn’t started yet, and while he appears to be holding up fine, that he was needed 39 times against Notre Dame shows just how much the passing game isn’t clicking. Brian Hoyer now has to start making more plays. He only completed 12-of-26 passes this week and he was the only one to run the ball other than Ringer. With a road trip against Indiana and its mediocre pass defense up next, Hoyer has to become more involved.

Sept. 13
Michigan State 17 ... Florida Atlantic 0
In a constant, driving rain, MSU got 282 yards and touchdown runs from 21 and 11 yards from Javon Ringer, along with a 22-yard Brett Swenson field goal. The defense held the Owls to 225 yards, but Florida Atlantic shot itself in the foot with mishandled snap on a field goal, two fumbles, and seven key penalties. The two teams combined to convert just five of 31 third down chances.
Player of the game: Michigan State RB Javon Ringer ran for 282 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries, adding a 12-yard reception.
Stat Leaders: Florida Atlantic
- Passing: Rusty Smith, 8-34, 143 yds
Rushing: Charles Pierre, 12-57. Receiving: Jamari Grant, 3-41
Michigan State
- Passing: Brian Hoyer, 5-15, 88 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 43-282, 2 TDs. Receiving: Mark Dell, 1-47

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Javon Ringer might be a superstar who can handle 43 carries, but the Spartans need to get some other players more involved. Six Spartans came up with just 15 carries in relief of Ringer. There might have been rainy and lousy conditions against Florida Atlantic, but Brian Hoyer's 5-of-15 passing day has to be a bit of a concern. Aaron Bates had a nice day booting the ball to keep FAU pinned deep.

Sept. 6
Michigan State 42 ... Eastern Michigan 10
Javon Ringer ran for five touchdowns, and he lost a fumble on a sure-thing sixth, as Michigan State was never threatened. Eastern Michigan tied the game at seven early in the second quarter on a three-yard Andy Schmitt run, but only managed a 24-yard Joe Carithers field goal in the final minutes the rest of the way. Ashton Leggett added a four-yard touchdown run for the Spartans.
Player of the game: Michigan State RB Javon Ringer ran 34 times for 135 yards and five touchdowns
Rushing: Terrence Blevins, 9-54. Receiving: Tyler Jones, 5-45
Michigan State - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 8-12, 148 yds
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 34-135, 5 TD. Receiving: B.J. Cunningham, 3-76
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
There was talk all off-season that Javon Ringer was going to be the goal line back with Jehuu Caulcrick gone. Five short touchdown runs against Eastern Michigan later, that appears to be true. The Spartans did a nice job of bouncing back from the tough loss to Cal, and while there wasn't the explosiveness shown against the Bears, it was an easy, solid overall performance. The defense did a great job of limiting the Eagle offense, especially through the air. It'll have to do more of the same against Florida Atlantic next week.

Aug. 30
California 38 ... Michigan State 31
In a wild game with 869 yards of total offense, Cal kept hitting home runs and Michigan State kept coming back. Cal appeared to put the game away late in the fourth quarter with an 81-yard scoring dash from Shane Vereen, but MSU scored quickly with a 29-yard Mark Dell scoring grab to pull within seven. MSU had one last shot, but stalled on fourth down in Cal territory. Kevin Riley threw two touchdown passes and the Bears got a blocked punt for a score, but the Spartans wouldn't go away with a 31-yard Otis Wiley interception return for a touchdown and two Javon Ringer touchdown runs.
Player of the game: California QB Kevin Riley completed 17 of 24 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: California - Passing: Kevin Riley, 17-24, 202 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Jahvid Best, 24-111, 1 TD. Receiving: Cameron Morrah, 5-93, 1 TD
Michigan State - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 20-48, 321 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 27-81, 2 TD. Receiving: Mark Dell, 9-202, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
It might have been a rough day for the Spartan defense against the Cal offense, but the Spartans wouldn't quit. QB Brian Hoyer didn't have his best day, and Javon Ringer was held in check, but Mark Dell appears to be a new superstar catching nine passes for 202 yards and a touchdown; he held on to everything. Also coming up with a monster game was safety Otis Wiley, who played like an All-America playmaker. This might have been a loss, but if it's possible, it was a positive loss.

2008 Early Lookahead
Why to get excited: The flakiness is over. No one thought MSU was going to challenge for the Big Ten title in Mark Dantonio's first season, but Spartan fans were hoping the program's overall attitude and self-defeating culture would change. Mission accomplished. While past MSU teams would've folded up the tents after losing three straight late in the year with an overtime loss to Iowa and yet another heart-stomper against Michigan, the 2007 team went on the road to beat Purdue and came back to beat Penn State to get to a bowl where it battled the ACC's number two team, Boston College. The way November ended means everything.
Why to be grouchy: Just enough key cogs are gone to prevent a major improvement in Dantonio's year two. RB Javon Ringer and QB Brian Hoyer are back, but DEs Jonal Saint-Dic & Ervin Baldwin, FS Travis Key, LB Kaleb Thornhill, TE Kellen Davis, WR Devin Thomas, and RB Jahuu Caulcrick have to be replaced. Schedule-wise, how's this for a back half of the season? Ohio State, at Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue, at Penn State.
The number one thing to work on is: The punting game. For a team that likes to run the ball and pound away like this one, field position is always at a premium. The Spartans were tenth in the league in punting and dead last, and 118th in the nation, in punt returns. Expect that to change.
Biggest offensive loss: WR Devin Thomas
Biggest defensive loss:
DE Jonal Saint-Dic
Best returning offensive player: RB Javon Ringer, Sr.
Best returning defensive player: CB Kendell Davis-Clark, Sr.

2007 Recap
2007 Recap: The Spartans took a modest step forward in Mark Dantonio’s first season in East Lansing, winning seven games and earning a bowl berth for the first time since 2003.  Unlike recent Michigan State teams, this year’s edition showed some heart in November, outscoring Purdue and Penn State in the final two weeks to earn that bid opposite Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl.  Led by complimentary backs Javon Ringer and Jehuu Caulcrick, the Spartans wasted no time adopting Dantonio’s offensive philosophy, grinding out almost 200 yards a game on the ground behind a veteran offensive line.    

Offensive Player of the Year: WR Devin Thomas

Defensive Player of the Year: DE Jonal Saint-Dic

Biggest Surprise: John L. Smith’s Spartan teams would have caved in after losing five of six Big Ten games in the middle of the season.  This year’s squad, however, battled through the adversity to land season-saving upsets of Purdue and Penn State in November.  In both cases, Michigan State was sparked by a balanced offense and the big-play ability of Thomas. 

Biggest Disappointment: To really feel the love, Dantonio recognizes that he’s got to start beating Michigan once in a while, something that hasn’t happened since 2001.  The Spartans almost pulled it off on Nov. 3, but let a 10-point lead in the middle of the fourth quarter slip through their fingertips.

Looking Ahead:
With a year in the rear view mirror, Dantonio’s no-nonsense approach will resonate even louder in 2008.  After losing all six games in 2007 by a touchdown or less, the Spartans are determined to finish stronger next fall.    

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Fred Smith WR 6-2 207, Detroit, Mich., Southeastern High School
Ranked among the country’s top wide receivers Scouts, Inc. (No. 34), Scout.com (No. 34) and SuperPrep (No. 47) . . . listed among the Midwest’s top prospects by the Detroit Free Press (No. 10), Scouts, Inc. (No. 21) and SuperPrep (No. 29) . . . ranked among the state’s top seniors by The Detroit News (No. 2), Scouts, Inc. (No. 4), Scout.com (No. 4), Lansing State Journal (No. 5), and Detroit Free Press (No. 7) . . . selected to represent the East in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star Game, scheduled for July 19 in Spartan Stadium . . . named to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Dream Teams . . . earned all-state (Division 1-2) and All-Detroit honors from The Detroit News . . . three-year starter for Coach Donshell English at Southeastern High School in Detroit, Mich. . . . had 43 receptions for 665 yards (15.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns as a senior despite being slowed by a sprained ankle during the first half of the season . . . recorded two 100-yard receiving games in 2007 . . . caught seven passes for a career-best 185 yards and five TDs vs. Central . . . had a career-high eight catches for 125 yards vs. Catholic Central . . . caught 37 passes for 595 yards (16.1 avg.) and six scores as a junior . . . also led Southeastern in all-purpose yards (840) and interceptions (6 for 135 yards) in 2006 . . . had five receptions for 85 yards vs. Crockett Tech and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a TD . . . had five catches for 65 yards vs. Southwestern to go along with two interceptions . . . caught five passes each vs. Northwestern (87 yards) and Ford (75) . . . had four receptions for 77 yards and a score vs. Chadsey . . . had three catches for 76 yards and three TDs vs. Western International . . . high school teammate of Spartan football signee Charles Burrell . . . listed among the state’s top senior basketball wing players (No. 8), according to MLive.com’s midseason rankings . . . averaging 17.4 points in 2007-08 . . . averaged 23 points per game as a junior . . . also competes in track as a sprinter

Potential Instant Impact Players

Steve Gardiner LB  6-1 210 Dublin, Ohio, Coffman High School
Ranked among the nation’s top inside linebackers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 18) . . . rated among the country’s top linebackers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 18 inside), Scout.com (No. 19 weakside)  . . listed among the Midwest’s top prospects by Scouts, Inc. (No. 43) and SuperPrep (No. 54) . . . named to SuperPrep’s and PrepStar’s All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among Ohio’s top seniors by Scouts, Inc. (No. 14), Scout.com (No. 15) . . . Associated Press Central All-District first-team selection as a senior . . . earned second-team All-Metro honors in 2007 from The Columbus Dispatch . . . three-year starter for Coach Mark Crabtree at Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio . . . set school single-season records for tackles (172) and tackles for loss (24) as a senior while helping Coffman (13-1) advance to the Division I state semifinals . . . also became the Shamrocks’ all-time leader in tackles (363) in 2007 . . . scored on a 36-yard run in the regional semifinal vs. Pickerington Central . . . recorded 125 tackles (68 solos, 57 assists) as a junior, with six resulting in losses including two sacks . . . also intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in 2006 . . . rushed for 1,036 yards (6.0 avg.) and 11 touchdowns as a junior . . . scored three rushing TDs (runs of 77, 3 and 70 yards) vs. Reynoldsburg in 2006 . . . returned a fumble 25 yards for a score vs. Dublin Sciota as a junior . . . registered 65 tackles and one interception as a sophomore . . . two-year starter for the Shamrocks’ basketball team

Jamiihr Williams LB 6-3 230 Lima, Ohio, Trotwood-Madison High School
Ranked among the nation’s top weakside linebackers by Scout.com (No. 35) . . . listed among the Midwest’s top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 97) . . . named to SuperPrep’s and PrepStar’s All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among Ohio’s top seniors by Scout.com (No. 57) . . . earned first-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) honors as a senior while helping Trotwood-Madison High School to an 8-4 record . . . recorded 90 tackles (60 solos, 30 assists) and forced five fumbles for Coach Maurice Douglass in 2007 . . . produced 17 tackles for losses (142 yards) as a senior, including nine sacks (67 yards), and recovered four fumbles . . . also returned a blocked extra-point attempt for two points . . . posted double-figure tackles twice in 2007, including 14 stops (9 solos, 5 assists) vs. Trenton Edgewood in the first round of the playoffs . . . tallied a season-best 16 tackles, including three sacks, and forced a fumble vs. Beavercreek . . . was a two-year starter at Lima Senior High School before transferring to Trotwood-Madison . . . earned all-conference honors as a junior after registering 57 tackles, with 13 resulting in losses including seven sacks, in just five games . . . also forced three fumbles in 2006 . . . won a starting job as a freshman at Lima Central Catholic . . . plans to participate in track and field at Trotwood-Madison this spring and compete in the 200 meters, shot put and discus . . . son of Chad and Deloris Williams . . . born Sept. 15, 1989 . . . his cousin Travis Walton is a guard on the Michigan State basketball team

Rest of the Class

Johnny Adams DB 5-11 157 Akron, OH
Charles Burrell DB 6-0 204 Detroit, MI
John Deyo OL 6-6 270 Richland, MI
Steve Gardiner LB 6-1 205 Dublin, OH
Tyler Hoover DE 6-7 265 Novi, MI
Zach Hueter OL 6-7 295 North Branch, MI
Cameron Jude DE 6-4 235 Midlothian, VA
Keshawn Martin WR 6-0 180 Westland, MI
Chris McDonald OL 6-5 260 Sterling Heights, MI
Caulton Ray RB 5-9 185 Birmingham, MI
Trenton Robinson DB 5-10 171 Bay City, MI
David Rolf LB 6-3 220 Piqua, OH
Ethan Ruhland OL 6-4 262 Lake Orion, MI
Fred Smith WR 6-2 207 Detroit, MI
Drew Stevens LB 6-4 203 Lewis Center, OH
Brynden Trawick DB 6-2 213 Marietta, GA
Myles White WR 6-0 151 Livonia, MI
Jamiihr Williams LB 6-2 224 Trotwood, OH
Glenn Winston ATH 6-1 213 Detroit, MI
Anthony  Woods OL 6-4 305 Melvindale, MI
Jerel Worthy DT 6-2 288 Huber Heights, OH

    

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