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2009 Michigan State Spartans Football Team
2009 Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans alternate logo.svg
Alamo Bowl, L 31-41 vs. Texas Tech
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2009 record6-7 (4-4 Big Ten)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorDon Treadwell (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorPat Narduzzi (3rd season)
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium (c. 75,005 natural grass)
Seasons
← 2008
2010 →
2009 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 5 Ohio State $   7 1     11 2  
No. 7 Iowa %   6 2     11 2  
No. 9 Penn State   6 2     11 2  
Northwestern   5 3     8 5  
No. 16 Wisconsin   5 3     10 3  
Michigan State   4 4     6 7  
Purdue   4 4     5 7  
Minnesota   3 5     6 7  
Illinois   2 6     3 9  
Michigan   1 7     5 7  
Indiana   1 7     4 8  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Michigan State Spartans football team competed on behalf of the Michigan State University in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Spartans were coached by Mark Dantonio, who was in his third season with the Spartans. Michigan State played their home games in Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.

Previous season

Recruiting class

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40? Commit date
Denicos Allen
LB
Hamilton, Ohio Hamilton (OH) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.56
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Edwin Baker
RB
Oak Park, Michigan Oak Park (MI) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.40
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 81
David Barrent
OT
West Des Moines, Iowa Valley (IA) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 285 lb (129 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 82
Larry Caper
RB
Battle Creek, Michigan Battle Creek Central (MI) 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.55
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Henry Conway
OT
Shaker Heights, Ohio Shaker Heights (OH) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 300 lb (140 kg) 5.10
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Dana Dixon
WR
Detroit, Michigan Renaissance (MI) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.55
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 73
Denzel Drone
LB
Plant City, Florida Plant City (FL) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.65
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 68
Bennie Fowler
WR
Beverly Hills, Michigan Detroit Country Day (MI) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.4
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Dan France
OT
North Royalton, Ohio North Royalton (OH) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 270 lb (120 kg) 4.9
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 73
Corey Freeman
DE
University Heights, Ohio Cleveland Heights (OH) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.55
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:1/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 40
Jeremy Gainer
LB
Livonia, Michigan Clarenceville (MI) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.50
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 75
Tyquan Hammock
LB
Fort Wayne, Indiana Bishop Luers (IN) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.7
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 75
Derek Hoebing
TE
Vermilion, Ohio Vermilion (OH) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 4.9
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 67
Jairus Jones
S
Tampa, Florida Wharton (FL) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.60
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 78
Nate Klatt
C
Canal Fulton, Ohio Northwest (OH) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 280 lb (130 kg) 5.4
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 75
Andrew Maxwell
QB
Midland, Michigan Midland (MI) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.9
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Kevin Muma
K
Troy, Michigan Troy (MI) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 75
Chris Norman
LB
Detroit, Michigan Renaissance (MI) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.60
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 79
Micajah Reynolds
OG
Lansing, Michigan J.W. Sexton (MI) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 317 lb (144 kg) 5.10
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Dion Sims
TE
Orchard Lake, Michigan St. Mary's Prep (OH) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.60
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 79
Donald Spencer
WR
Ypsilanti, Michigan Ypsilanti (MI) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 4.5
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 78
Blake Treadwell
C
East Lansing, Michigan East Lansing (MI) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 273 lb (124 kg) 4.90
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Patrick White
WR
Pickerington, Ohio Pickerington (OH) 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 171 lb (78 kg) 4.4
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 74
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 37   Rivals: 17
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2009 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2009.

Schedule

This season saw the Spartans schedule a Division I FCS opponent (Montana State) for the first time since the NCAA split Division I football in 1978. This left Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, and Washington as the only Division I FBS teams to never have played a lower-division opponent since the split.[1]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 512:00 p.m.[2]Montana State*BTN[2]W 44-374,518[3]
September 1212:00 p.m.[2]Central Michigan*
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, Michigan
ESPN2[2]L 27-2976,221[4]
September 193:30 p.m.[5]at Notre Dame*NBC[5]L 30-3380,795[6]
September 2612:00 p.m.at WisconsinESPNL 30-3880,123[7]
October 312:00 p.m.No. 22 Michigan
BTNW 26-20 OT78,629[8]
October 1012:00 p.m.at IllinoisBTNW 24-1462,870[9]
October 1712:00 p.m.[10]Northwesterndagger
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
ESPN2W 24-1471,726[11]
October 247:00 p.m.[12]No. 6 Iowa
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
BTN[12]L 13-1574,411[13]
October 318:00 p.m.[12]at MinnesotaBTN[12]L 34-4250,805[14]
November 712:00 p.m.Western Michigan*
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
BTNW 49-1473,910[15]
November 1412:00 p.m.at PurdueESPNW 40-3748,408[16]
November 213:30 p.m.No. 14 Penn State
ABC/ESPNL 14-4273,771[17]
January 2, 20109:00 p.m.vs. Texas Tech*ESPNL 31-4164,757[18]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Personnel

Regular season

Montana State

1 234Total
Montana State 0 030 3
Michigan State 7 21610 44


Central Michigan

1 234Total
Central Michigan 3 10016 29
Michigan State 10 737 27

Notre Dame

1 234Total
Michigan State 3 1467 30
Notre Dame 13 3107 33

Wisconsin

1 234Total
Michigan State 0 71013 30
Wisconsin 7 14314 38

Michigan

1 234OTTotal
Michigan 3 30140 20
Michigan State 7 3376 26

Michigan came into the game 4-0 (1-0 Big Ten) and ranked #22, looking to reclaim the Paul Bunyan trophy after losing to MSU the previous year. Michigan State dominated the first 55 minutes of regulation, building a 20-6 lead. Michigan rallied with two TDs in the final minutes to send the game to OT, but MSU quickly intercepted a pass and running back Larry Caper rushed 23 yards through multiple tackles for the game-winning score.

Illinois

1 234Total
Michigan State 14 370 24
Illinois 0 077 14

Northwestern

1 234Total
Northwestern 0 707 14
Michigan State 0 0177 24

Iowa

1 234Total
Iowa 0 3012 15
Michigan State 3 037 13

Final Seconds: With 2 seconds remaining in the game, on 4th and Goal from the Michigan State 7 and a half yard line, Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi snapped the ball and passed the ball to Iowa WR Marvin McNutt into the end zone as the time expired to win the game.

Minnesota

1 234Total
Michigan State 3 7213 34
Minnesota 14 7714 42

Western Michigan

1 234Total
Western Michigan 0 0140 14
Michigan State 21 1477 49

Purdue

Michigan State at Purdue
1 234Total
Michigan State 7 10617 40
Purdue 10 10710 37

Penn State

1 234Total
Penn State 0 7287 42
Michigan State 0 707 14

Alamo Bowl

1 234Total
Michigan State 7 7143 31
Texas Tech 7 13714 41

2010 NFL Draft

Only one Spartan was selected in the 2010 NFL Draft. However, wide receiver Blair White signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Jeremy Ware 7 215 Cornerback Oakland Raiders

References

  1. ^ Huguenin, Mike (February 23, 2009). "Even the SEC's best are not looking good". Rivals.com. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kickoff Times Set For Montana State, CMU". Michigan State Sports Information. June 24, 2009. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Montana State vs. Michigan State - Football 2009". Archived from the original on September 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ "Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Michigan State Spartans Box Score". ESPN. September 12, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Notre Dame Announces Kickoff Times For 2009 Home Football Schedule". University of Notre Dame Sports Information. February 14, 2009. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ "Michigan State Spartans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Box Score". ESPN. September 19, 2009. Archived from the original on April 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers Box Score". ESPN. September 26, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ "Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans Box Score". ESPN. October 3, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ "Michigan State Spartans vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Box Score". ESPN. October 10, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ "MSU homecoming game against Northwestern at noon". The Detroit News. June 5, 2009. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  11. ^ "Northwestern Wildcats vs. Michigan State Spartans Box Score". ESPN. October 17, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  12. ^ a b c d "Spartan Football Schedule Features Two Prime-Time TV Games". Michigan State University Sports Information. April 15, 2009. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  13. ^ "Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans". ESPN. October 24, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  14. ^ "Michigan State Spartans vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Box Score". ESPN. October 31, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  15. ^ "Western Michigan Broncos vs. Michigan State Spartans Box Score". ESPN. November 7, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  16. ^ "Michigan State Spartans vs. Purdue Boilermakers Box Score". ESPN. November 14, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  17. ^ "Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan State Spartans Box Score". ESPN. November 21, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  18. ^ "Michigan State Spartans vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Box Score". ESPN. January 2, 2010. Archived from the original on March 7, 2010. Retrieved 2010.

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