So the game is getting close and alot of BSU and MSU strong points last year was defense. BSU's and MSU's were
both ranked rather high and both teams had the best defensive line in the NCAA. So who will win it this year, well we
will see at the game but lets do a break down.
The concern is the defensive line, which breaks in four new starters. Senior Michael Atkinson will provide stability at nose tackle, and junior Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, who missed half of last season due to suspension, should make a bigger mark this year. The team also hopes Demarcus Lawrence, a JUCO All-American last year, will help the pass rush.
The secondary should be the strength of the defense. Seniors Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins are quick, instinctive, and experienced corners. Sophomore Lee Hightower, who played his way into a starting cornerback role as a true freshman, moves to safety, where he’s a more natural fit who will make big hits that remind me of Jeron Johnson.
Senior linebacker J.C. Percy hasn’t missed a game during his career, but this season will be his first as a full-time starter. Sophomore Blake Renaud, who had 10 tackles as a true freshman, will likely win the start at middle linebacker and could steal the show.
Hit hardest by the loss of junior tackle Jerel Worthy, the defensive line will be reloading up the middle a bit this year. But Michigan State has Anthony Rashad White ready to step up. Also attempting to fill the void will be Tyler Hoover, Vanderbilt transfer James Kittredge and Micajah Reynolds. On the ends, the Spartans have talent with senior Corey Freeman and juniors Jeremy Gainer, also watch sophomore Marcus Rush.
The Spartan linebackers enter 2012 with their defensive leader, senior Chris Norman , Max Bullough and juniors Denicos Allen and TyQuan Hammock, Michigan State’s linebacking core was good and young last year, and even better this year. Like the defensive line, the linebacking core possesses plenty of depth and leadership. They’re returning everyone from a unit which was incredibly sound last year.
The safety position will be anchored by junior Isaiah Lewis, a great tackler who had interceptions and plenty of big plays. Expect to see contributions from Jairus Jones. Impressive sophomore Kurtis Drummond could work himself into the mix to split time with Jones.
The Spartans have Mark Dantonio who was serious about building his defensive backfield and has coached up quite a few difference makers. The star of the group is senior Johnny Adams. With Adams and Dennard, two stout corners in the Big Ten, the Spartans won’t lack for quality coverage.
So who do you think will be better with defense? You decide, please vote at the bottom.
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