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Few enjoy or can put into words the value of the punt like Mark Dantonio, and few can boast a punting situation like the one he has had at Michigan State.
ESPN.com has taken on the herculean task of ranking the top 100 players in college football entering the 2014 season.
Team Info: Michigan State Spartans Head Coach: Mark Dantonio 2013 Record: 13-1 overall, 8-0 Big Ten Legends Division 2013 Bowl Result: Beat Stanford 24-20 in the Rose Bowl 2014 Returning Starters: 7 offense, 5 defense Betting Info: Odds to Win 2015 College Football Championship: 25/1 Odds to Win 2014 Big Ten championship Game: 15/4 Odds to Win Big ... (more)
It's fair to say that with the number of teams allowed to play for a national championship doubled from two to four, most college football coaches will be delighted with the advent of the College Football Playoff.
Mark Dantonio doesn't typically challenge his players in the media, and that might not have been the intent of the Michigan State head coach on Tuesday at the downtown Hilton at Big Ten media day.
Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans linebacker Denicos Allen holds the championship trophy after defeating Ohio State Buckeyes 34-24 to win the 2013 Big 10 Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Sure, 90% of what was said in Chicago during Media Days were platitudes and coach speak.
With some of the Big Ten's best all gathered in one place for media days, it seemed only natural to poll the players about the best and brightest athletes in the conference.
Here are college football's top 100 players entering the 2014 season, as ranked by USA TODAY Sports' Matt Brown .
The second year running back that was labeled as a 'big' back out of the 2013 NFL Draft has cut weight heading into the 2014 Steelers training camp.
Jack Conklin, who started 13 games, including 10 at left tackle in 2013 for Michigan State as a freshman in 2013, now weighs in at 303 pounds.
ESPN.com is ranking the top 100 players in college football. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.
Even on a day when the emerging rivalry between Michigan State and Ohio State draws attention, the more storied rivalry battles are never far from mind.
Here are excerpts from the news conference by Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio at Big Ten Media Days on Monday: Mark Dantonio: It's great to be here.
Big Ten Football Media Days are going on right now in Chicago, with all 14 head coaches giving 15-minute press conferences today.
Michigan State is the defending Big Ten Champion. Their defense may take a step back, but the offense returns almost everyone.
Updated: Thu Jul 31, 2014 02:52 am
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