Michigan State football looks to fill void left by senior class – Detroit Free Press
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EAST LANSING — With 23 members and a school-record 43 wins, Michigan State’s just-departed senior class will be hard to top.
Then again, three would-be members of that class are going to be part of the 2016 senior class, as long as Brandon Clemons, Ed Davis and Damon Knox all are granted sixth years of eligibility, as MSU expects. And if the Spartans can get to eight wins in the 2016 season, that will mean a new record of 44 wins for the next seniors.
“We had a great senior class,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said this week. “You need to have your best senior year. If you want to have a great football team, you’ve got to have your best senior year ever. I really feel like that. I think the last three senior classes may have done that. It remains to be seen if this class will or not, but I think there’s some great integral parts there, especially when you look at Knox, Clemons, Ed Davis coming back from that senior class, and all three of those guys are good football players.”
If those three are part of the team, MSU will have 25 seniors in 2016. It would be 26, but fullback and former defensive lineman David Fennell has retired because of chronic foot problems.
The Spartans are searching now for voices to fill the void left by 2015 seniors such as Jack Allen, Shilique Calhoun and Darien Harris.
“Yeah, things are going to change,” Dantonio said. “There’s a look that’s going to change, but I do think that’s the challenge of college football, being able to be consistent and play consistently, and I think we’ve tried to meet that challenge year in and year out.”
Football banquet set: MSU’s end-of-year banquet will be April 24, the day after the spring game, at Breslin Center. Reception starts at 1:30 p.m. and the program starts at 2:30. Tickets are $50 apiece and can be purchased at the MSU ticket office, (517) 355-1610.