"Make no mistake about it, we are the reigning Big Ten champions, and we need to work hard to defend that." Those were a few of the opening words from 10th year Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio as he opened the regular season with his initial press conference.
New Michigan State starting quarterback Tyler O’Connor is ready to start. Like, now. O’Connor, who’s in his fifth year at MSU, has waited for this chance for a while. It was about three years ago when the Michigan State coaches gave him a shot to win the starting job in the early goings of 2013, but he eventually lost out to Connor Cook.
And he’s been patient ever since.
MSU is led by seven seniors, and returns eight players who saw action in all 19 games last season. Senior Megan Fenton was second on the team with six goals in 2015, while classmate Kristin Matula finished third on the team with 14 points. Redshirt senior Sierra Patton and junior Katie Miller both return as goalkeepers with starting experience, as the two split time in net last season.
Only Harrison Barnes played less than Draymond Green on the United States team during the 2016 Olympics, but United States assistant Jim Boeheim defended the decision to give playing time to other members of the team. Boeheim said on Sirius XM Radio that Green's playing time was limited because of his size.
"We’re coming.” Those are the words Mark Dantonio used to describe his program after the season-ending loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff last December 31 in Arlington, Texas. Using the song “I Can Get It Back” by Zack Hemsey as the background track, DeBeau Films’ latest video looks at the 2016 Spartans as they prepare to go “Back2Back” with another Big Ten Championship.
LEGO pieces have their limitations when it comes to recreating reality: size and count of the pieces, a limited color palette and, when applicable, the patience to execute a full highlight using stop-motion photography. These limitations are nothing but obstacles to overcome for this incredible LEGO recreation of Michigan State's last-second win at Michigan.
The first time Green stepped onto the court for something other than greeting a teammate was early in the fourth quarter with the Americans up, 84-45. That’s how things often went for the former Michigan State star in Rio, for a team that never used a true power forward and employed him as a backup center. But he got his gold medal and his opportunity to represent the United States, things he never would have imagined two years ago.