Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It's Out - Phil Steele hits bookstores today

It's June 10th, and you know what that means - Phil Steele's College Football Preview hits bookstores today! I've had it since Saturday, and here are a few thoughts on the Spartans on Phil's All Big-Ten teams.

- Javon Ringer - 1st team All-BT, 3rd team AA: This seems reasonable. Ringer is tied with Beanie Wells for the best returning YPC (5.9) in the Big Ten, and looks to up his TD total from last year (6) with the loss of Jehuu Caulcrick. Look for him to be in the double-digits for TDs this year.

- Roland Martin, 2nd team All-BT - The Offensive Guard hasn't quite lived up to his huge expectations (Steele's #2 OL recruit in the '04 class), but make no mistake - he's a big dude (6-5, 325), and with the depth MSU has on the OL, if he goes down, there's going to be big trouble for the running game, even with Ringer.

- Greg Jones, 2nd team All-BT - In his freshman year, the OLB was named a Freshman All-American, starting halfway through the season, and is MSU's leading returner in sacks (4.5). Look for him to at least equal this standing, even if he moves to MLB with the graduation of Kaleb Thornhill.

- Eric Gordon, 3rd team All-BT - Like Jones, an OLB, and also like Jones, has three years of eligibility remaining. He seemed to get stronger as the season went on last year, and hopefully he can carry that momentum into camp and the season.

- Otis Wiley, 4th team All-BT - This ranking has slipped; he was 2nd team All-BT by the coaches and media in '06, and wasn't even honorable mention in '07. I attribute this to a lack of production, mainly because he wasn't having to chase down ball-carriers in the secondary as much in '07. He makes the switch from FS to SS full-time this season, and it'll be interesting to see how that plays out.

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