97 Days Until Kickoff - Thank You, Jehuu Caulcrick

97 Days Until Kickoff - Thank You, Jehuu Caulcrick

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97 Days Until Kickoff - Thank You, Jehuu Caulcrick

In 2007, the Spartan running back piled up points as he helped turn the page from the John L Smith Era to the Mark Dantonio Era.

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For some of us, 2007 feels like last month.

But the reality is that 2007 may as well be a hundred years ago in terms of how much has changed for Michigan State Football since then.

John L Smith was a character and a really good guy – and, truth be told, it sure would have been fun if he would have been able to make his program work.

But what had the potential to be Cowboy Charisma really just devolved into a clownish tone, perhaps best typified by the 2006 forgettable collapse at home against Notre Dame in that driving rainstorm.

A 31-14 halftime lead slipped away due to the combination of a valiant comeback by the Irish and a very strange second half approach by John L’s Spartans.

One of the curious components of that painful loss was the way John L went away from giving the ball to Jehuu Calucrick.

Michigan State had built up a lead that didn’t just seem safe – it made everyone in Spartan Stadium that night feel as though this was the night when the John L Era finally was going to take off.

Caulcrick had bowled over the Notre Dame defense and while he finished the game with 111 yards and a touchdown – on just eight carries – he did not get the ball as the rain poured down on Spartan Stadium throughout the second half, and the 4th quarter in particular.

That night sealed John L’s fate and made it clear that there would be a quick end to the era.

And for those of us who were apoplectic on the night of that disastrous loss, in retrospect, that night might have been the best thing that could have happened to the Spartan football program.

It directly led to the Mark Dantonio Era.

And in 2007, Jehuu Caulcrick was properly used every week by his new coaching staff.

As @MSU_Football continues its day-by-day countdown to kickoff, today’s element showcases how Jehuu Caulcrick averaged an amazing 9.7 points per game over the course of that terrific opening season for Dantonio and his staff.

Caulcrick led the Big Ten with that average and he was a major part of a team that turned around the fortunes of the program immediately by improving on the 2006 record of 4-8 to an impressive 7-6 record that included the team’s first bowl game since John L’s first season as head coach.

And, on September 22nd, in the Spartans’ fourth game of the season, Jehuu Caulcrick teamed up with Javon Ringer in rolling up 219 total rushing yards.  Caulcrick finished the game with 83 of those yards to go along with Ringer’s 144.

Final score that afternoon in South Bend:

Michigan State – 31

Notre Dame – 14

And it wasn’t that close.

Worth noting that it was Michigan State’s sixth consecutive victory over Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium.

Caulcrick and the Spartans exacted revenge on the Irish that day and the victory was more than just another win in Dantonio’s initial campaign.

The win served as a symbolic turning of the page and was one of many moments that helped catapult the team and the program to everything that’s happened since.

So, in tribute to Jehuu Caulcrick’s amazing achievement of leading the Big Ten with that incredible average of 9.7 points per game in 2007, enjoy the @MSU_Football demonstration of appreciation for what truly was a human touchdown factory that season…

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