88 Days Until Kickoff - 88 All Big Ten Selections Since '07

88 Days Until Kickoff - 88 All Big Ten Selections Since '07

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88 Days Until Kickoff - 88 All Big Ten Selections Since '07

An incredible amount of Spartans have earned either First- or Second-Team All Big Ten honors in the Mark Dantonio Era.  Even I can see that the overall amount is substantial.

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I was not a Mathematics major when I attended Michigan State University.

My father-in-law enjoys reminding me that I’m the proud recipient of an English degree from an Ag School (and he makes a good point).

So, I’ve never been nor will I ever be a whiz when it comes to calculating figures.

I’ve never been particularly drawn to data since they really are just, to me, numbers on a page.

Or a computer screen.

Or a mobile device.

 

Or a spreadsheet.

Or a collection of words representing data coming out of a person’s mouth.

I’ve always found actual things and people and stuff to resonate with me more than those data.

But, when I saw today’s tweet from @MSU_Football designed to commemorate the fact that we’re a mere 88 days until kickoff, I didn’t have to burn too many brain cells to figure out the significance of the numbers and the data and the numbers.

Since Mark Dantonio became head coach prior to the 2007 season, 88 Spartans have earned First- or Second-Team All Big Ten honors.

Mark Dantonio has been the head coach for 11 seasons.

If a man or a woman looks at the relevant numbers here – 88 First- or Second-Team All Big Ten selections in 11 seasons – that man or woman can come up with a nifty mathematical takeaway.

By my count, this means that Michigan State has averaged 8 players earning First- or Second-Team All Big Ten honors each season since Mark Dantonio has been head coach.

That certainly feels and seems and smells like a lot of players being selected to First- or Second-Team All Big Ten honors each season.

Am I accurate with my mathematics here?

Michigan State averages eight players earning All Big Ten honors each season??

That’s a lot of Spartans.

With 88 days to go until kickoff, here’s a rock-solid, take-it-to-the-bank, guaranteed rip of the Spartans who will earn First- or Second Team All Big honors this coming season:

Brian Lewerke

LJ Scott

Felton Davis

Cody White

Luke Campbell

David Beedle

Cole Chewins

Joe Bachie

Andrew Dowell

David Dowell

Mike Panasiuk

Josiah Scott

Kenny Willekes

That list includes more than eight Spartans (I think).

In 88 days, the season will kickoff – and these Spartans, along with so many more who will vying for all kinds of honors and trophies and ribbons and plaques and certificates and patches and medallions, will be fighting for much more than the personal honors.

These guys are all gunning for the hardware that goes to the bunch that wins the whole shebang….

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