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  • By Steven Lassan, 3 months 4 weeks ago

    Michigan State’s Rose Bowl hopes took a hit on Thursday, as head coach Mark Dantonio announced linebacker Max Bullough has been suspended for the Jan. 1 matchup against Stanford. Bullough was suspended for a violation of team rules.

    Bullough ranked third on the team with 76 tackles (9.5 for a loss) and recorded one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks.

    The senior was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and the coaches this season and finished his career in East Lansing with 299 tackles and eight sacks.

    Bullough is a big loss for a Michigan State defense that led the nation in rush defense and allowed just 12.7 points a game.

    Senior Kyler Elsworth is listed as Bullough’s backup, but there’s plenty of talent for coordinator Pat Narduzzi to mix if necessary. Senior Denicos Allen and junior Taiwan Jones are solid players and will anchor the outside spots in the linebacking corps in the Rose Bowl.

  • By Athlon Sports, 5 months 3 weeks ago

    By virtue of the process of elimination, Clint Chelf entered the season as one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the Big 12.

    After the opener, he also had the least firm grip on his starting job when he was replaced by J.W. Walsh. But in the first week of November, Chelf has Oklahoma State in control of its fate in the Big 12 race.

    In his second start since returning to the starting lineup, Chelf accounted for 299 yards of total offense and three total touchdowns in a 52-34 win over Texas Tech to earn Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors.

    In road wins over Iowa State and Texas Tech, Chelf has supervised the first Oklahoma State offense to score 50 points in back-to-back road games. He’s also helped lead the Cowboys to a 7-1 start and a 3-1 start in the Big 12 with games against Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma State his his future.

    Athlon Sports Week 10 National Awards

    National Offensive Player of the Week: Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State
    Chelf may have had the rug pulled out from under him when J.W. Walsh replaced him as the starter in the second game of the season, but the senior is making the most of his return to the lineup. Chelf completed 18 of 34 passes for 211 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the road win over Texas Tech. For the second consecutive game, Chelf produced in the run game with 88 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.

    Defensive Player of the Week: Garrison Smith, Georgia
    Smith, a senior defensive end, had the most productive day of his career in a very important game for the Georgia program. The Atlanta native had nine tackles and was credited with 2.5 sacks (for 12 lost yards) in the Bulldogs’ 23-20 win over Florida — their third straight over their rivals from Gainesville. Georgia held the Gators 319 total yards and allowed only one drive that went for more than 50 yards.

    National Freshman of the Week: Tarean Folston, Notre Dame
    Folston gave a major lift to a Notre Dame run game that has struggled all season by rushing for 140 yards and the game-winning touchdown on 18 carries against Navy. Folston is only the second Notre Dame tailback to top the 100-yard mark this season. The rookie from Cocoa, Fla., is also the first Notre Dame freshman to rush for 100 yards since 2007.

    National Coordinator of Week: Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State
    Who else could it be? The No. 1 defense in the nation showed the nation why it might be the only unit in the Big Ten that can stop Ohio State. The Wolverines posted a school-record low of minus-48 yards rushing as Narduzzi dialed up pressure all night long. Michigan State finished with seven sacks, 12 first downs allowed 168 total yards of offense. The 23-point win was the most lopsided victory since 1967 between the two in-state rivals. 

    Athlon Sports Week 10 Conference Awards

    Three things we learned from Florida State’s rout of Miami, plus all the hits and misses of the Week 10 in Athlon Sports’ Three and Out Recap.
    Offense: Devonta Freeman, Florida State
    Defense: Kasim Edebali, Boston College
    Freshman: Jeremy Pruitt, Florida State
    Coordinator: Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh

    Big 12
    Offense: Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State
    Defense: Will Clarke, West Virginia
    Freshman: Daikiel Shorts, West Virginia
    Coordinator: Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State

    Big Ten
    Offense: Philip Nelson, Minnesota
    Defense: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
    Freshman: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
    Coordinator: Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State

    Offense: Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
    Defense: Devon Kennard, USC
    Freshman: Scooby Wright, Arizona
    Coordinator: Clancy Pedergast, USC

    Offense: Tre Mason, Auburn
    Defense: Garrison Smith, Georgia
    Freshman: Kelvin Taylor, Florida
    Coordinator: Mike Bobo, Georgia

  • By Steven Lassan, 7 months 3 weeks ago

    Michigan State defensive back Kurtis Drummond had quite the game in the opener against Western Michigan. Drummond returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and later followed up that play with a crazy one-handed interception.

    It’s only Week 1, but Drummond’s interception might be one of the best defensive plays we see in college football this year.

  • By Steven Lassan, 7 months 4 weeks ago

    Michigan State’s offense ranked near the bottom of the Big Ten in scoring and total yards per game last season, so it was no surprise when coach Mark Dantonio opened up the quarterback battle this spring.

    However, Andrew Maxwell held onto the starting job and will open the year as the No. 1 quarterback against Western Michigan.

    Although Maxwell is the starter, Dantonio plans to play Connor Cook against the Broncos. Tyler O’Conner and true freshman Damion Terry may play this season, but both are behind Maxwell and Cook for now.

    Andrew Maxwell started all 13 games last season but finished with just 2,606 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. He also tossed nine picks and did not play well in the bowl game against TCU.

    Michigan State’s defense should be one of the best in the Big Ten this year. But if the Spartans are going to make another trip to Indianapolis, the offense has to show big improvement.