October 10, 2010

Spartan receivers step up during Big Ten play

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan State has rushed for 200 or more yards in 5 of its first 6 games in 2010 after failing to reach that mark in any of the 13 games they played in 2009. The dramatic improvement in the Spartan ground attack has been fueled by a tenacious offensive line and a trio of dynamic running backs led by Edwin Baker, who ranks No. 15 in the nation in yards per game on the ground.

The success that Michigan State has had on the ground in 2010 has overshadowed one of the most underrated components of the Spartan offense, its receivers.

The spine of the Spartan receiving corps is the duo of Mark Dell and B.J. Cunningham. Each player came into 2010 season having already surpassed the 1,000-yard career receiving milestone and during Michigan State's 34-17 win over Michigan both players made plays when it counted. Along with Dell and Cunningham, the Spartans have explosive junior Keshawn Martin, who has developed into a reliable every-down receiver. Converted quarterback Keith Nichol has made a number of big plays through the midway point of the 2010 season and is getting better with every game of experience.

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