April 27, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Sides were chosen for the annual Green-White spring football game with a player draft Wednesday afternoon at the Skandalaris Football Center. The seniors, who were selected earlier by the coaches, drafted the underclassmen position by position until the roster was completed.
The seniors drafting the Green team were Kirk Cousins, Brian Linthicum, Keith Nichol, Kevin Pickelman, Trenton Robinson, Chris D. Rucker, Kyle Selden, Brad Sonntag and Johnathan Strayhorn. The White roster was picked by Todd Anderson, Garrett Celek, B.J. Cunningham, Joel Foreman, Antonio Jeremiah, Keshawn Martin, Jared McGaha, Blake Pacheco and Adam Setterbo.
"We took Johnny Adams first - we wanted Jerel too, but you can't have two of the top players at their position, so we had to make a choice," said senior Trenton Robinson of the Green team. "A vote came up, and we took Johnny. With the defensive backs, Johnny has been having to me - and I'm a safety, I'm a DB - the best spring out of all of us."
"I feel like we got some good picks," said B.J. Cunningham of the White team. "We stole Worthy out of there at the beginning after they went with Johnny. I've been looking forward to this, I've always heard it was fun. We got to pick, write it down, strategize and all of that, so it was good."
"It's fun for our players," said head coach Mark Dantonio, who served as the commissioner of the draft. "It gives everybody an opportunity to draft people, and they're doing a good job every year. I think they try and find out who can play as many positions as they can and who are the versatile players, and where's the big gap between certain players. I think you saw that there's some guys that the players feel like are pretty close. It creates excitement and enthusiasm, and that's half the football game, so I think when you bring that to the table a little bit, you get a more competitive atmosphere."
The Green-White spring game is set for Saturday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. Admission is free.
Prior to the spring game, MSU's coaching staff and players will conduct a free youth football clinic (no registration required). Children, ages 8-12, are invited to attend the youth clinic from 10-11:30 a.m. on the grass practice fields behind the Duffy Daugherty Football Building, located at the corner of Chestnut Road and Shaw Lane. Clinic participants and their parents are requested to enter the practice fields through the gate on Shaw Lane. Over the last eight years, approximately 3,800 children have participated in the annual youth football clinic.
The purpose of the clinic is to introduce youngsters to the game by stressing fundamentals. No football gear is required. From 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Coach Dantonio and his players will be available for an autograph session for clinic participants. In addition, clinic participants will receive a coupon for a complimentary hot dog and soft drink to be redeemed at a concession stand in Spartan Stadium during the spring game.