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Sedrick Irvin is among<br>the NCAA's top active<br> rushing leaders (2,278 yards).
 
Sedrick Irvin is among
the NCAA's top active
rushing leaders (2,278 yards).

 
 

August 28, 1998

SPARTANS PLAY EARLIEST SEASON OPENER EVER:
It took Michigan State 100 years to plays its first football games in the month of August, but now the Spartans have opened its season in August twice in the last three seasons. Michigan State's Aug. 26 game vs. Colorado State marks its earliest season opener ever. In its first-ever August game, the Spartans defeated Purdue, 52-10, on Aug. 31, 1996.

INJURY REPORT OUT:
OG Mike Schutz (underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage from his left knee Aug. 26; out two-to-four weeks); DE Dimitrius Underwood (sprained right ankle).

TURNER SUSPENDED FOR TWO GAMES:
Sophomore linebacker T.J. Turner has been suspended for the first two games of the 1998 season for conduct detrimental to the team. Turner, a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder from Hillsboro, Ohio, was expected to contend for the starting role at WILL linebacker following the loss of four-year starter Ike Reese. He played in all 12 games as a true freshman in ,97, primarily on special teams, and produced 10 tackles.

SPARTANS RANKED AMONG NATION'S BEST DEFENSIVE UNITS:
Thanks to nine returning starters, Michigan State's defense is ranked as the nation's sixth-best overall, according to a preseason survey by The Sporting News. The Spartans, defensive line (No. 2) and secondary (No. 10) are rated among the NCAA,s top units by The Sporting News.

    The Sporting News Ranks Nation's Best Defenses  
    1. Florida         6. Michigan State   
    2. Michigan        7. Virginia
    3. Nebraska        8. North Carolina
    4. Florida State   9. Southern Miss
    5. Kansas State   10. Southern Cal

IRVIN RANKS AMONG NCAA'S TOP ACTIVE RUSHERS:
All-America and Doak Walker Award candidate Sedrick Irvin became the first player in Spartan history to rush for 1,000 yards as both a true freshman and a sophomore. Last year, Irvin rushed for 1,270 yards, the seventh-best single-season total in school history. The 6-foot, 225-pound Miami native ranked among the Big Ten leaders in rushing (fifth at 105.8 yards per game), all-purpose yards (second at 160.8), punt returns (second at 13.6 avg.) and scoring (fifth at 7.0 points).

Irvin has nine career 100-yard games and already stands seventh on MSU,s all-time rushing list with 2,337 yards. He currently ranks No. 14 among the NCAA,s top active rushers. Irvin also is listed among the Spartans, career leaders in rushing touchdowns (sixth at 25), total touchdowns (third at 32), scoring (seventh at 192 points) and all-purpose yards (ninth at 3,391 yards). The Spartans are undefeated in his nine career multi-TD games.

NCAA's Top Active Rushing Leaders
(Note: NCAA totals don't include bowl games.)

Player, Team                      Class  Att. Yards   Rushing TDs     
1. Ricky Williams, Texas             Sr.  650 4,155   45  
2. Wasean Tait, Toledo               Sr.  665 3,528   33  
3. Ron Dayne, Wisconsin              Jr.  544 3,284   36  
4. Kevin Faulk, LSU                  Sr.  626 3,278   36
5. Denvis Manns, New Mexico State    Sr.  620 3,223   17  
6. Autry Denson, Notre Dame          Sr.  603 3,142   28  
7. Kareem Wilson, Ohio               Sr.  699 2,799   36  
8. Damon Washington, Colorado State  Sr.  446 2,787   18  
9. Joel Thomas, Idaho                Sr.  512 2,702   33  
10. Steve Hoofkin, Ohio              Sr.  494 2,657   18  
11. Silas Massey, Central Michigan   Sr.  537 2,633   24  
12. Amos Zereoue, West Virginia      Jr.  465 2,477   27  
13. DeMond Parker, Oklahoma          Jr.  374 2,327   16  
14. Sedrick Irvin, Michigan State    Jr.  459 2,278   15

LEDYARD FEATURED ON BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST:
Three-year starter Courtney Ledyard is one of 68 candidates, including 12 from the Big Ten Conference, featured on the watch list compiled for the Butkus Award, presented annually since 1985 by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Fla., to the nation,s outstanding collegiate linebacker.

Ledyard has recorded 115 career tackles (71 solos, 44 assists), including 23 for losses (103 yards) and 10 sacks (71). Last year, he produced 60 tackles (36-24), including nine behind the line of scrimmage (17 yards). Ledyard had a career-high 14 stops (10-4) vs. Michigan, including three for losses (5 yards).

The Butkus Award watch list will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists by Oct. 15 and three finalists by Nov. 12. The award will be presented Dec. 11.

SE      4   Plaxico Burress (6-6, 224, So.)
        7   Lavaile Richardson (6-2, 191, So.)
LT      70  Dave Sucura (6-3, 282, So.)
        77  Josh Smith (6-3, 276, R-Fr.)
LG      64  Casey Jensen (6-7, 297, Jr.)
        57  Paul Harker (6-3, 308, Fr.)
C       79  Jason Strayhorn (6-2, 291, Sr.)
        64  Casey Jensen (6-7, 297, Jr.)
RG      71  Shaun Mason (6-5, 294, So.)
        75  Nick Myers (6-2, 270, R-Fr.)
RT      72  Matt Bonito (6-6, 290, So.)
        76  Greg Robinson-Randall (6-5, 311, Jr.) 
TE      83  Chris Baker (6-3, 250, R-Fr.)
        84  Brad Rainko (6-3, 242, Jr.)
FL      86  Gari Scott (6-1, 193, Jr.)
        2   Herb Haygood (6-0, 180, R-Fr.)
QB      16  Bill Burke (6-5, 209, Jr.)
        13  Ryan Van Dyke (6-5, 216, Fr.)
FB      45  Garett Gould (6-2, 248, Sr.)
        28  Leroy McFadden (6-3, 237, Jr.) or
        34  Billy Greene (6-1, 227, Jr.)
TB      33  Sedrick Irvin (6-0, 225, Jr.)
        36  Lloyd Clemons (5-11, 203, Sr.)

LE 80 Jace Sayler (6-5, 291, So.) 89 Hubert Thompson (6-4, 259, So.) LT 62 Robert Newkirk (6-3, 286, Jr.) 95 Josh Shaw (6-3, 275, Fr.) RT 66 Desmond Thomas (6-3, 284, Sr.) 92 Pete Govens (6-4, 293, So.) RE 91 Robaire Smith (6-5, 268, Jr.) 98 Julian Peterson (6-4, 220, Jr.) SAM 53 Courtney Ledyard (6-3, 242, Sr.) 38 Sean Banks (6-2, 215, Jr.) MIKE 25 Mike Austin (6-3, 235, Jr.) 50 Josh Thornhill (6-3, 220, Fr.) WILL 31 Shawn Wright (6-2, 231, Jr.) 43 Scott Ernsberger (6-3, 235, Sr.) LCB 3 Amp Campbell (6-0, 192, Sr.) 24 Richard Brown (5-11, 189, So.) SS 29 Lemar Marshall (6-2, 208, Sr.) 39 Aric Morris (5-11, 202, Jr.) 32 Richard Newsome (5-11, 196, So.) FS 6 Sorie Kanu (5-11, 193, Sr.) 5 Lorenzo Guess (6-1, 181, R-Fr.) or 26 Jimel Cofer (6-1, 189, Fr.) RCB 15 Renaldo Hill (5-11, 173, So.) 37 Cedric Henry (5-10, 179, Fr.)

PK 1 Paul Edinger (5-10, 175, Jr.) 22 Dave Rosenberg (5-11, 181, Fr.) P 12 Craig Jarrett (6-2, 215, Fr.) 1 Paul Edinger (5-10, 175, Jr.) SN 52 Mike Neal (6-1, 248, Jr.) 88 Kyle Rance (6-6, 247, Jr.) H 16 Bill Burke (6-5, 209, Jr.) 7 Lavaile Richardson (6-2, 191, So.) PR 86 Gari Scott (6-1, 193, Jr.) or 33 Sedrick Irvin (6-0, 225, Jr.) KR 86 Gari Scott (6-1, 193, Jr.) 33 Sedrick Irvin (6-0, 225, Jr.)


 

 

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