MSU seniors did what no class had done before

EAST LANSING — Fifteen months ago, Saturday looked like an awful senior day for Michigan State’s football program, void of sentimentality or impact players.

It wound up being among the best, with plenty of both.

This is the class that followed THE class — a storied group which endured heartache and bliss through four years of sweat equity, culminating in Pasadena.

This is the scrap-heap class, perfectly embodying its fan base Saturday — a late-arriving hardy bunch who eventually showed in force.

Last year’s senior group deserves its place in Spartan lore. This year’s class is equally important to the rise of the program. Not only for its monumental role in the Rose Bowl season, but also for sustaining quality and prominence.

In that regard, the 2014 seniors did something never before done in modern MSU football history. They were trusted to carry on, and did. Not in fairy tale fashion — every season can’t be that. Instead, with the resolve and stick-to-itiveness that defined many of their individual careers. – Read more at

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