Brotherhood Extends Only So Far At Michigan State

Brotherhood Extends Only So Far At Michigan State

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Brotherhood Extends Only So Far At Michigan State

There are three Alexanders on Michigan State’s 2018 roster. Contrary to the immediate assumption that these three guys are triplets or three different-aged brothers like all other Spartans with the same last name, these guys just happen to have the same last name. Should a DNA test be administered?

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At Big Ten Media Days a few weeks ago in Chicago, I asked Mark Dantonio about a part of his Michigan State program that seems to be yet another differentiator.

I asked him to explain how he’s able to reel in brother after brother after brother.

He spoke proudly about how the best indication that he’s treating the guys on his team the way they’d want to be treated is when he sees brother after brother come to play for him.

It suggests that all of the talk of how Michigan State has created a “family” atmosphere isn’t just talk.

The Bulloughs have sent something like 38 members of their family to Michigan State.

On the current roster, the Panasiuks make up a good chunk of the defensive line.

The Dowell brothers could form a musical act that could tour the country in a Partridge Family type of bus.

Spartan senior linebacker Grayson Miller’s dad, John, was a four-year letter winner for the Spartans from 1985-88 and he earned first team All Big Ten honors as a safety twice (1987 and 1988).

Senior safety Matt Morrissey’s dad, Jim, was a four-year letter winner for the Spartans from 1981-84 earning first team All Big Ten honors as a senior before his nine-year NFL career that included being a part of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears juggernaut.

Tanner Hallock is a redshirt freshman linebacker – his dad, Ty Hallock, was a four-year letter winner for Michigan State that played fullback, tight end, and linebacker before playing in the NFL for eight years.

It seems as if the majority of the Spartans that make up the team have some sort of family connection – and that family connection is certainly a special part of what Dantonio has built.

But what would the chances be of there being three players on the roster with the last name “Alexander” and none of them being related?

Is that even allowed?

Shouldn’t these guys be, at least, cousins or step-brothers or something?

Dillon Alexander.

Justice Alexander.

Javez Alexander.

No provable relationship between any of these guys.

Does it feel awkward for them to not be brothers?

How can we even be sure that these guys are not brothers?

If it’s true – that these three guys with the same exact last name are NOT brothers – should Dantonio gather all of the parents and suggest that one group formally adopt the other two Alexanders in order to be complicit with the Michigan State Brotherhood Dynamic?

How about this question – do these three guys even like each other?

There are countless fascinating and important storylines baked into this potentially-epic season that’s about to start for Michigan State.

But has anyone addressed the very intriguing story related to the way in which the three Alexanders are NOT related to one another?

How will this impact the locker room?

Can these Alexanders show even stronger brotherhood among the three of them than the other sixteen or seventeen families that make up the Spartan roster?

SpartansWire will be following this important dynamic closely all season long.

Maybe we’ll even do a DNA test – and discover that these guys actually brothers after all…….

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