Friday, December 23, 2011

A look at what some Spartans want for Christmas

Have you sent your list to Santa? With Christmas two days away, it's not too late to ask Santa for a few more gifts.
Just in time for the weekend, I was forwarded the Christmas lists of some Michigan State athletics personnel, and I'm going to share it with you.
Pat Narduzzi — A defensive tackle — With Kevin Pickelman out for the Outback Bowl, MSU is thin at the position. Looking to next season, he may also lose Jerel Worthy to the NFL, so Narduzzi is asking Santa for a big man for the trenches. A few days ago, he let us know which one he wanted, too: Micajah Reynolds. I know Narduzzi let him go to the offensive line before, but he's serious that he'll be happy with Reynolds on the defense this time.
Andrew Maxwell — Some wide receivers —  This is for next season. MSU will lose B.J. Cunningham, Keshawn Martin and Keith Nichol to graduation, leaving an entirely new receiving corps for Andrew Maxwell. The No. 1 guy next year, Bennie Fowler, has been hurt for most of this season. Tony Lippett probably will move to receiver next year after playing on both sides of the ball this season. If Maxwell wants to succeed replacing one of the best quarterbacks in MSU history, he's going to need some help.
Kirk Cousins — Blocking — Georgia boasts the No. 3 defense in the nation, including the No. 8 passing defense. A year ago, Cousins did not get the blocking he desires, and he was knocked out of the game by Alabama. With Georgia using a 351-pound nose tackle and a 3-4 defense that will send linebackers from any direction, Cousins will need some blocking if the Spartans are to win the bowl game.
Tom Izzo — A better Izzone — He hasn't kept it a secret. Izzo as been wanting the student section named in his honor to be better. The Izzone has better seats than almost any other student section in the country, but too often, Izzo sees kids texting on their phone and not helping Breslin Center become one of the toughest places to play. There are several reasons as to why the intensity has died down, but Izzo isn't asking Santa for a reason, he just wants it to be better.
Draymond Green — A new phone — After his phone died, causing him to show up late to practice, Green is going to need a new phone for Christmas. This one with a working alarm. Athletes like to have multiple phones anyway, so what's one more? And I've found the perfect phone. You're going to have trouble connecting on calls, and there aren't any apps, but that is what the other phones are for. This one specializes in waking people up.

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