Spartan Football Opens Dantonio Era Against UAB
 
 
 
Mark Dantonio makes his Michigan State coaching debut against UAB on Saturday.
 
Mark Dantonio makes his Michigan State coaching debut against UAB on Saturday.
 
 

Aug. 28, 2007

2007 MSU Football Weekly Release vs. UAB
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DATE: Sept. 1, 2007
SITE: Spartan Stadium (75,005/natural grass), East Lansing, Mich.
KICKOFF: 12 p.m. EDT
BROADCAST COVERAGE: Radio - The Spartan Radio Network, featuring veteran play-by-play announcer George Blaha, color analyst Jim Miller, sideline reporter Jason Strayhorn and broadcast host Will Tieman, will broadcast the game to 38 affi liates throughout the state. Michigan State football broadcasts can be heard locally on fl agship station WJIM (AM 1240) and WMMQ (FM 94.9) and in Detroit on WJR Radio (AM 760). The MSU-UAB game can be heard live on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 196). Television - ESPN2 will televise the Michigan State-UAB game live, with Pam Ward handling the play-by-play, Ray Bentley providing color commentary and Quint Kessenich serving as the sideline reporter.

FIRST-AND-10 (what you need to know about Saturday's MSU-UAB matchup) -
• Saturday's Michigan State-UAB game marks the only matchup of first-year head coaches in the opening weekend of play for Football Bowl Subdivision teams (formerly known as NCAA I-A). Mark Dantonio, who previously served as an assistant coach at Michigan State from 1995-2000, returned to East Lansing after serving as the head coach at Cincinnati for the last three seasons. Neil Callaway took over the UAB program after spending the last six years as offensive coordinator at Georgia.
• Michigan State hasn't played a team from Alabama since the 1937 Spartans made the school's first bowl appearance, a 6-0 loss to Auburn in the 1938 Orange Bowl.
• Saturday's game marks the first meeting between Michigan State and UAB.
• Michigan State has compiled a 4-1 record (.800) against current members of Conference USA (0-1 vs. Houston, 1-0 vs. Marshall, 1-0 vs. Memphis, 1-0 vs. Rice and 1-0 vs. SMU).
• Michigan State's 2007 football roster features one player from Alabama: sophomore defensive end Reggie Graham (Homewood/Homewood High School).
• In its 110-year football history, Michigan State is 72-35-3 (.668) in season openers, including an 8-2 record (.800) in its last 10 games. The Spartans have won seven of their last eight season-opening games.
• First-year Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio compiled a 2-1 record (.667) in season-opening games during his three-year tenure at Cincinnati.
• In its 110-year football history, Michigan State is 89-21 (.809) in home openers, including a 9-1 record (.900) in its last 10 games. The Spartans have won eight in a row and nine of their last 10 home openers.
• Michigan State has compiled a 23-8 record (.742) in games played against non-conference opponents since 1999. Last September, the Spartans had a six-game winning streak against non-conference foes snapped by Notre Dame, 40-37.
• Michigan State will face the Big Ten's toughest and the nation's fourth-most difficult schedule in 2007, according to rankings compiled by SI.com. The Spartans' 2007 opponents had a combined winning percentage of .592 (90-62) last season, including seven teams that participated in postseason bowl games.

 

 

THE COACHES -

Mark Dantonio (South Carolina 1979) makes his Michigan State coaching debut against UAB on Saturday. Dantonio compiled an 18-17 record (.514) in three seasons at Cincinnati, including two postseason bowl appearances. Prior to accepting his first head coaching position at Cincinnati, he spent three years as defensive coordinator under Jim Tressel at Ohio State (2001-03) where he helped the Buckeyes to a combined record of 32-6 (.842), including the 2002 National Championship. Dantonio previously spent six seasons as secondary coach at Michigan State (1995-2000), including five years under Nick Saban and one under Bobby Williams. His college full-time coaching credits also include stops at Kansas (1991-94), Youngstown State (1986-90) and Akron (1985).

UAB's Neil Callaway (Alabama 1978) makes his head coaching debut Saturday at Michigan State. Callaway came to UAB following six seasons at Georgia (2001-06) where he served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach under Mark Richt, helping the Bulldogs to a combined record of 60-17 (.779) including six-straight bowl appearances. He previously spent four seasons on the coaching staff at his alma mater, Alabama (1997-2000), including three years as the offensive coordinator. Callaway's coaching credits also include stints at Houston (1993-96), Auburn (1981-92) and Wyoming (1980).

TEAM COMPARISONS -

                                 Michigan State       UAB
Basic Offense                    Multiple             Multiple
Basic Defense                    Multiple 4-3         4-3
Offensive Starters Returning     6                    4
Defensive Starters Returning     6                    4
Specialists Returning            1                    2

AVERAGE HEIGHTS & WEIGHTS (STARTERS) -

                                      Michigan State       UAB
Offensive Line & Tight End            6-6, 302             6-4, 289
Offensive Backs & Wide Receivers      6-1, 212             6-2, 206
Defensive Line                        6-4, 266             6-3, 253
Linebackers                           6-1, 221             6-2, 227
Defensive Backs                       6-1, 206             5-11, 186

CLASS BREAKDOWN (STARTERS) -
Michigan State Offense: 4 seniors, 6 juniors, 1 freshman
Michigan State Defense: 4 seniors, 4 juniors, 1 sophomore, 2 freshmen
UAB Offense: 5 seniors, 2 sophomores, 4 freshmen
UAB Defense: 4 seniors, 2 juniors, 3 sophomores, 2 freshmen

STAT LEADERS -
Michigan State (top returnees; 2006 statistics):

Rushing - Javon Ringer (86 carries for 497 yards, 5.8 avg., 1 TD)
Passing - Brian Hoyer (82 of 144 for 863 yards, 4 TDs, 3 INTs)
Receiving - Terry Love (18 catches for 234 yards, 13.0 avg., 0 TDs)
Tackles - Otis Wiley (94 tackles, 58 solos, 36 assists, 6.5 TFL)

UAB (top returnees; 2006 statistics):
Rushing - Sam Hunt (69 carries for 159 yards, 2.3 avg., 1 TD)
Passing - Sam Hunt (48 of 82 for 655 yards, 2 TDs, 5 INTs)
Receiving - Sylvester Mencer (31 catches for 400 yards, 12.9 avg., 3 TDs)
Tackles - Will Dunbar (65 tackles, 44 solos, 21 assists, 3 interceptions)

STAT COMPARISON (2006 final statistics) -

                           Michigan State       UAB
Scoring                    25.2                 18.8
First Downs                18.4                 17.6
Total Offense              356.8                310.1
Rushing Yards              129.2                125.6
Passing Yards              227.6                184.5
Time of Possession         29:22                31:52
Third Down Conversions     .422                 .322
Points Allowed             28.4                 24.8
Total Offense Allowed      363.8                359.2
Rushing Yards Allowed      132.8                146.8
Passing Yards Allowed      230.9                212.5

SPARTAN FROM THE YELLOWHAMMER STATE -
• Michigan State's 2007 football roster features one player from Alabama: sophomore defensive end Reggie Graham (Homewood/Homewood High School).

MSU vs. CONFERENCE USA TEAMS -
Michigan State has compiled a 4-1 record (.800) against current members of Conference USA (0-1 vs. Houston, 1-0 vs. Marshall, 1-0 vs. Memphis, 1-0 vs. Rice and 1-0 vs. SMU).

Here's a look at Michigan State's game-by-game results against C-USA teams:


Date                 Opponent            MSU Result       Site
Sept. 7, 2002        Rice                W, 27-10         Spartan Stadium
Sept. 9, 2000        Marshall            W, 34-24         Spartan Stadium
Sept. 13, 1997       Memphis             W, 51-21         Spartan Stadium
Sept. 27, 1969       SMU                 W, 23-15         Spartan Stadium
Sept. 23, 1967       Houston             L, 7-37          Spartan Stadium

SEASON OPENERS -
In its 110-year football history, Michigan State is 72-35-3 (.668) in season openers, including an 8-2 record (.800) in its last 10 games. The Spartans have won seven of their last eight season-opening games. Here's a brief look at Michigan State's season openers since 1997:


Date Opponent MSU Result Site Sept. 2, 2006 Idaho W, 27-17 Spartan Stadium Sept. 3, 2005 Kent State W, 49-14 Spartan Stadium Sept. 4, 2004 Rutgers L, 14-19 Piscataway, N.J. Aug. 30, 2003 Western Michigan W, 26-21 Spartan Stadium Aug. 31, 2002 Eastern Michigan W, 56-7 Spartan Stadium Sept. 8, 2001 Central Michigan W, 35-21 Spartan Stadium Sept. 9, 2000 Marshall W, 34-24 Spartan Stadium Sept. 2, 1999 Oregon W, 27-20 Spartan Stadium Aug. 29, 1998 Colorado State L, 16-23 Spartan Stadium Sept. 6, 1997 Western Michigan W, 42-10 Spartan Stadium

Mark Dantonio's RECORD IN SEASON OPENERS -
First-year Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has compiled a 2-1 record (.667) in season openers during his three-year career. Here's a look at how Dantonio's Cincinnati teams fared in season-opening games:


Date Opponent Result Cincinnati (2-1) Sept. 2, 2006 Eastern Kentucky W, 31-0 Sept. 1, 2005 Eastern Michigan W, 28-26 Sept. 4, 2004 at Ohio State L, 6-27

HOME OPENERS -
In its 110-year football history, Michigan State is 89-21 (.809) in home openers, including a 9-1 record (.900) in its last 10 games. The Spartans have won eight in a row and nine of their last 10 home openers, with the only setback coming to Colorado State, 23-16, in the 1998 Black Coaches Association Classic. Here's a brief look at Michigan State's home openers since 1997:


Date Opponent MSU Result Sept. 2, 2006 Idaho W, 27-17 Sept. 3, 2005 Kent State W, 49-14 Sept. 11, 2004 Central Michigan W, 24-7 Aug. 30, 2003 Western Michigan W, 26-21 Aug. 31, 2002 Eastern Michigan W, 56-7 Sept. 8, 2001 Central Michigan W, 35-21 Sept. 9, 2000 Marshall W, 34-24 Sept. 2, 1999 Oregon W, 27-20 Aug. 29, 1998 Colorado State L, 16-23 Sept. 6, 1997 Western Michigan W, 42-10

SPARTANS TOUGH IN NON-CONFERENCE GAMES -
Michigan State has compiled a 23-8 record (.742) in games played against non-conference opponents since 1999. Last September, the Spartans had a six-game winning streak against non-conference foes snapped by Notre Dame, 40-37.

Here's a look at Michigan State's non-conference results since 1999:


Date Opponent MSU Result Site Sept. 23, 2006 Notre Dame L, 37-40 Spartan Stadium Sept. 16, 2006 Pittsburgh W, 38-23 Pittsburgh, Pa. Sept. 9, 2006 Eastern Michigan W, 52-20 Spartan Stadium Sept. 2, 2006 Idaho W, 27-17 Spartan Stadium Sept. 17, 2005 Notre Dame W, 44-41 (OT) South Bend, Ind. Sept. 10, 2005 Hawaii W, 42-14 Spartan Stadium Sept. 3, 2005 Kent State W, 49-14 Spartan Stadium Dec. 4, 2004 Hawaii L, 38-41 Honolulu, Hawaii Sept. 18, 2004 Notre Dame L, 24-31 Spartan Stadium Sept. 11, 2004 Central Michigan W, 24-7 Spartan Stadium Sept. 4, 2004 Rutgers L, 14-19 Piscataway, N.J. Dec. 29, 2003 Nebraska L, 3-17 San Antonio, Texas Sept. 20, 2003 Notre Dame W, 22-16 South Bend, Ind. Sept. 13, 2003 Louisiana Tech L, 19-20 Spartan Stadium Sept. 6, 2003 Rutgers W, 44-28 Spartan Stadium Aug. 30, 2003 Western Michigan W, 26-21 Spartan Stadium Sept. 21, 2002 Notre Dame L, 17-21 Spartan Stadium Sept. 14, 2002 California L, 22-46 Spartan Stadium Sept. 7, 2002 Rice W, 27-10 Spartan Stadium Aug. 31, 2002 Eastern Michigan W, 56-7 Spartan Stadium Dec. 31, 2001 Fresno State W, 44-35 San Jose, Calif. Dec. 1, 2001 Missouri W, 55-7 Spartan Stadium Sept. 22, 2001 Notre Dame W, 17-10 South Bend, Ind. Sept. 8, 2001 Central Michigan W, 35-21 Spartan Stadium Sept. 23, 2000 Notre Dame W, 27-21 Spartan Stadium Sept. 16, 2000 Missouri W, 13-10 Columbia, Mo. Sept. 9, 2000 Marshall W, 34-24 Spartan Stadium Jan. 1, 2000 Florida W, 37-34 Orlando, Fla. Sept. 18, 1999 Notre Dame W, 23-13 South Bend, Ind. Sept. 11, 1999 Eastern Michigan W, 51-7 Spartan Stadium Sept. 2, 1999 Oregon W, 27-20 Spartan Stadium

DANTONIO SEEKS WIN IN SPARTAN COACHING DEBUT -
In the 2007 season opener against UAB, Mark Dantonio will attempt to become the 13th head coach in Michigan State history to produce a win in his Spartan debut.

Here's how Michigan State's 23 head coaches have fared in their opening games (winning coaches in bold):

John L. Smith - Aug. 30, 2003 vs. Western Michigan (W 26-21)
Morris Watts - Nov. 9, 2002 at Indiana (W 56-21)
Bobby Williams - Jan. 1, 2000 vs. Florida (W 37-34) in Florida Citrus Bowl

• Nick Saban - Sept. 9, 1995 vs. Nebraska (L 10-50)
• George Perles - Sept. 10, 1983 vs. Colorado (W 23-17)
• Frank "Muddy" Waters - Sept. 13, 1980 at Illinois (L 17-20)
• Darryl Rogers - Sept. 11, 1976 at Ohio State (L 21-49)
• Denny Stolz - Sept. 15, 1973 at Northwestern (L 10-14)
• Duffy Daugherty - Sept. 25, 1954 at Iowa (L 10-14)
• Clarence "Biggie" Munn - Sept. 27, 1947 at Michigan (L 0-55)
• Charlie Bachman - Sept. 30, 1933 vs. Grinnell (W 14-0)
• Jim Crowley - Sept. 28, 1929 vs. Alma (W 59-6)
• Harry Kipke - Sept. 29, 1928 vs. Kalamazoo (W 103-0)

• Ralph Young - Sept. 29, 1923 at Chicago (L 0-34)
• Albert Barron - Oct. 1, 1921 vs. Alma (W 28-0)
• George "Potsy" Clark - Sept. 25, 1920 vs. Kalamazoo (L 2-21)
• George Gauthier - Oct. 5, 1918 vs. Albion (W 21-6)
• Frank Sommers - Sept. 30, 1916 vs. Olivet (W 40-0)
• John Macklin - Oct. 7, 1911 vs. Alma (W 12-0)

• Chester Brewer - Oct. 3, 1903 at Notre Dame (L 0-12)
• George Denman - Sept. 28, 1901 at Alma (L 5-6)
• Charles Bemies - Sept. 29, 1899 at Notre Dame (L 0-40)
• Henry Keep - Sept. 25, 1897 vs. Lansing High School (W 28-0)

STARTING LINEUP FEATURES SEVEN FIRST-TIME STARTERS -
Michigan State's (probable) starting lineup for the 2007 season opener against UAB features seven first-time starters, including two on the offensive side of the football, four on defense and one specialist.

First-time starters on offense include: wide receiver Mark Dell (6-2, 185, Fr.) and fullback Jeff McPherson (6-1, 245, Jr.). First-time starters on defense include: defensive end Brandon Long (6-4, 245, Jr.), linebackers Jon Misch (6-2, 200, R-Fr.) and Eric Gordon (6-0, 220, R-Fr.), and cornerback Ross Weaver (6-1, 202, R-So.). Either Ed Wagner (6-5, 225, R-Fr.) or Aaron Bates (6-0, 190, Fr.) will make his debut as the starting punter.

TRUE FRESHMEN IMPACT SPARTAN DEPTH CHART -
No fewer than seven true freshmen are currently listed on Michigan State's (two-deep) depth chart, including two on offense, four on offense and one specialist. Here's a complete breakdown of true freshmen included on the (two-deep) depth chart:

Offense (2): WR Mark Dell and QB Nick Foles.

Defense (4): NT Antonio Jeremiah, LB Greg Jones, CB Chris L. Rucker and NT Oren Wilson.

Specialist (1): P Aaron Bates.

2007 CAPTAINS ELECTED -
Four Michigan State seniors - running back Jehuu Caulcrick, offensive tackle Pete Clifford, strong safety Travis Key and linebacker Kaleb Thornhill - have been elected to serve as captains for the 2007 season. Following a nomination process, members of the team and coaching staff submitted final ballots on Wednesday, Aug. 22. First-year head coach Mark Dantonio formally introduced the team captains at the Spartan Spirit Pep Rally for incoming freshmen on Thursday, Aug. 23.

"All four guys bring unique leadership styles to the table," Coach Dantonio said. "In addition to being solid football players, all four of these guys are good students. In fact, Pete Clifford and Travis Key have already graduated, and Jehuu Caulcrick and Kaleb Thornhill will soon complete their undergraduate degrees.

"The guys really did a good job in selecting the team captains. We really took our time in making the selections because we asked the players to review the last nine months and take into consideration the Fourth Quarter (winter conditioning) Program, spring practice, summer conditioning, the Bottom Line (preseason running tests) and preseason camp. Since the freshmen are also involved in the voting process, it was important for them to have more time to develop a good feel for identifying the team leaders."

A three-year letterman, the 6-foot, 255-pound Caulcrick has rushed for 1,523 career yards (4.9 avg.) and 18 touchdowns. He needs five rushing TDs in 2007 to crack MSU's all-time Top 10 in that category.

Caulcrick appeared in 11 games as a junior in 2006, including six starts. He finished third on the team in rushing with 426 yards on 108 carries (3.9 avg.). Caulcrick led the Spartans in rushing TDs for the second-straight year, scoring six times in 2006.

The Findley Lake, N.Y., native is majoring in sociology.

"Jehuu has had an outstanding preseason camp," Dantonio said. "He's in excellent shape, so he's poised for a great senior season. With his personality, Jehuu will be an enthusiastic and vocal leader."

The 6-7, 312-pound Clifford appeared in nine games in 2006, including seven starting assignments (four starts at left tackle and three at left guard). The Salem, N.H., native graded out over 90 percent in eight of his nine games. Clifford produced his top grade of the 2006 season at Northwestern, scoring 98 percent including four pancakes, as the Spartans erased a 35-point third-quarter deficit for a 41-38 victory. He earned the first start of his collegiate career at left guard in the 2006 season opener against Idaho, grading out 91 percent with two pancakes.

Clifford, who received a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies - law and society in May 2007, currently is pursuing a second bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

"Pete is an extremely hard worker, who has really molded himself into an outstanding offensive lineman," Dantonio said. "He's a quiet leader, who prefers to lead by his example."

The 5-10, 185-pound Key finished sixth on the team in tackles with 42 in 2006, including 3.5 for losses (18 yards). The Three Rivers, Mich., native produced a career-best nine solo hits, including two tackles for losses (12 yards), in his first collegiate start at Penn State in the 2006 season finale. He also forced two fumbles, broke up two passes and recorded his first career sack against the Nittany Lions. His first career interception came at Northwestern and set up Brett Swenson's game-winning field goal.

A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Key earned his bachelor's degree in packaging earlier this summer.

"Travis came here as a walk-on four years ago, earned a scholarship, and now, he's been elected captain," Dantonio said. "That's quite an accomplishment. His teammates really appreciate his journey."

The 6-1, 242-pound Thornhill has 26 career starts to his credit, including the last 21 games in a row. The Lansing, Mich., native has recorded 163 career tackles, including 10.5 for losses (24 yards). In 2006, he ranked third on the team in tackles (68) and production points (132).

A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Thornhill is majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science - human resources.

His late father Charlie played on Michigan State's back-to-back Big Ten and National Championship teams in 1965-66, while his brother Josh was a four-year starter at linebacker for the Spartans from 1998-2001. Josh (2000-01) is one of eight players in MSU football history to have been selected as a multi-year captain.

"Kaleb has great leadership ability," Dantonio said. "He's a fifth-year senior, who has played in a lot of big games during his career. His late father Charlie was a great player here as was his brother Josh, so Kaleb has a keen appreciation for Michigan State's rich football tradition."

SPARTANS FACE ONE OF NATION'S TOUGHEST SCHEDULES -
Michigan State will face the Big Ten's toughest and the nation's fourth-most difficult schedule in 2007, according to rankings compiled by SI.com. The Spartans' 2007 opponents had a combined winning percentage of .592 (90-62) last season, including seven teams that participated in postseason bowl games. Michigan State concludes the regular season with five-straight games against teams that played in bowl games last year.

Here's a look at the nation's Top 10 toughest schedules for 2007, according to SI.com:


Rank Team Combined Opp. Record Winning Pct. Bowl Teams 1. Washington 105-62 .629 9 2. South Carolina 84-57 .596 7 3. Florida State 82-72 .532 8 4. Michigan State 90-62 .592 7 5. Auburn 80-61 .567 7 6. Tennessee 92-63 .594 8 7. Florida 84-56 .600 8 8. Southern Cal 82-71 .536 7 9. Stanford 99-55 .643 9 10. Mississippi State 85-56 .603 8

2007 OPPONENTS UPDATE -

Date vs.
MSU         Opponent (2006 Record)     2007 Season Opener
Sept. 1     UAB (3-9)                  @ Michigan State
Sept. 8     Bowling Green (4-8)        @ Minnesota
Sept. 15    Pittsburgh (6-6)           vs. Eastern Michigan
Sept. 22    @ Notre Dame (10-3)        vs. Georgia Tech
Sept. 29    @ Wisconsin (12-1)         vs. Washington State
Oct. 6      Northwestern (4-8)         vs. Northeastern
Oct. 13     Indiana (5-7)              vs. Indiana State
Oct. 20     @ Ohio State (12-1)        vs. Youngstown State
Oct. 27     @ Iowa (6-7)               vs. Northern Illinois (Soldier Field)
Nov. 3      Michigan (11-2)            vs. Appalachian State
Nov. 10     @ Purdue (8-6)             @ Toledo
Nov. 17     Penn State (9-4)           vs. Florida International

Michigan State's 2007 opponents had a combined winning percentage of .592 (90-62) last season, including seven teams that participated in postseason bowl games.

SPARTANS TOUGH ON HOME TURF -
Spartan Stadium is in its 84th season as home to Michigan State football. Michigan State has compiled a 305-136-13 record (.686) since taking up residency in Spartan Stadium in 1923. With its 49-14 victory over No. 4 Wisconsin in the 2004 home finale, Michigan State recorded its 300th win in Spartan Stadium. The Spartans have gone undefeated at home 16 times since the stadium opened, including a perfect 6-0 mark in 1999. It marked Michigan State's first undefeated home record since 1966 (5-0-1) and its first unbeaten and untied home slate since 1965 (5-0-0).

MAGIC NUMBER 24 -
Since 1990, Michigan State is 86-22-1 (.794) when it scores at least 24 points and 13-76-1 (.150) when it scores fewer than 24 points. During that 17-year period, the Spartans have compiled an overall record of 99-98-2 (.503).

SPARTANS SPORT REDESIGNED UNIFORMS -
The Michigan State football team sports a new fashion look for the upcoming 2007 season. The new-look uniforms, manufactured by Nike, are made of a new more durable lightweight Cordura stretch material that is form-fitting for performance enhancement. The new material replaces the heavier knits of the past.

Nike product line manager Alec Mattison outlines the main technical details of the new uniform:

• innovative fit - The new jersey has an updated design and new performance fabrics, producing a tight shrink-wrapped fit that minimizes grab points for opponents to hang onto.

• weight reduction - Both the jersey and pant are made of lighter weight material.

• increased ventilation - A light-weight mesh has been added in areas that have traditionally been covered by non-breathable fabrics, like the upper back neck and under arms where heat can escape.

• improved moisture management - Both the jersey and pant are produced with Nike's most technical uniform fabrics that hold far less moisture, thus carrying less weight. This is a very significant feature, especially in the game pants.

While the fabrics utilized will be different, the Spartan uniform will visually maintain its traditional look. The Spartans will wear the traditional green jerseys at home games along with white pants, while the team will don all white (jerseys and pants) on the road. The new-look home and road jerseys still feature "MICHIGAN STATE" across the chest, but the font has been changed to match previous Spartan teams. Tackle twill numbers appear on the front, back and sleeves. A name plate, featuring tackle twill letters, has been added to the upper back, below a Spartan helmet logo patch. The pants are solid white with a Spartan helmet logo patch on the front left hip.

Minor changes also have been made on the headgear. The Spartan helmet logo remains affixed to each side of the headgear. A single white stripe has been added down the center of the helmet. In addition, 1 1/2-inch jersey numbers have been added to the back of the headgear. Double-digit numbers are divided by the center stripe.