We've Been Saying Coghlin Is Special For A Long Time...

We've Been Saying Coghlin Is Special For A Long Time...

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We've Been Saying Coghlin Is Special For A Long Time...

SpartansWire has been bullish on Matt Coghlin for a long time. He’s showing that he’s more than just a leprechaun who drills kicks with power and skill – the fella is a football player.  And, he’s a Spartan.

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When Spartan field goal specialist Matt Coghlin converted the game-winning boot against Penn State last season in a thrilling game that lasted nine or ten hours due to lightning, thunder, rain, wind, and wintry monsoon-like conditions, he sprinted towards the middle of the field at Spartan Stadium and did a full-on Slip N Slide belly-flop slide across the wet turf as his teammates chased him and, eventually, lifted him up on their shoulders as if he had just kicked a game-winner in a Disney after-school movie-of-the-week.

It was about as fitting of an official Spartan Baptism for Coghlin as anything else could have been.

The win itself was monumental for the purposes of continuing to make the 2017 turnaround season a magical one.

But it was more than just a moment for the 2017 season – it was a moment that will live on for many years to come, as so many have during this incredible era of football at Michigan State.

And the freckled face of this red-headed kid had inserted itself into the DNA of the Michigan State football program for now and for the foreseeable future.

When we were closing in on the start to this season, SpartansWire demonstrated that we were very bullish on Coghlin.

For anyone who might have missed it, take a look at what we said back in August –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/08/12/sunday-spartan-scribbles/

After Michigan State’s season opening win over Utah State, we kept the fun going when we made a point of Coghlin’s perfect night and how his contributions directly led to the Spartan win –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/09/04/anyone-notice-what-matt-coghlin-did-friday-night/

After Michigan State came up short against Arizona State, there was reason for positivity, despite the loss.  Coghlin’s performance was one reason for that.  We pointed out the reliability of this kid here –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/09/10/this-is-a-reliable-spartan-leprechaun/

Too often, kickers are afterthoughts.

This kid is anything but an afterthought.

It’s true – he wouldn’t be able to buy a tin of Kodiak at QD without his dad there at the register with him.

It’s true – if he asked a lovely looking member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority out for a malted, the young lady would probably politely decline the gallant request since she’d be certain that he was a student at East Lansing High School.

It’s true – he may need to a booster seat when he drives his automobile around campus (assuming he has an automobile – if he only has a bicycle, he definitely need to have the seat hiked up as high as it can go and he might need leg-prosthesis extensions in order to reach the pedals).

It’s true – when Brian Lewerke flipped the option pitch to Matt Coghlin as the Spartans executed the latest in a never-ending string of brilliant trick plays pulled from Mark Dantonio’s bag of marbles, Coghlin didn’t exactly look like Lorenzo White or Le’Veon Bell as he barreled his way into the endzone against Indiana on Saturday night in Bloomington.

But as he deftly grabbed the pitch and sprinted for the corner of the endzone with speed and determination, Coghlin’s inability to be admitted into P.T. O’Malley’s didn’t matter.

Coghlin found the endzone and the moment was much more than just a fun, quirky, funny “thing.”

As is the case any time Dantonio pulls the trigger in these moments, “Rocks” was a key part of Michigan State’s Big Ten opening victory and it sent a not-so-subtle Dantonio smirk to the folks who have said, over the last year or two, that the Dantonio tricks had grown a little tired and weren’t really much of a thing anymore.

As long as Matt Coghlin is a member of the Spartan football team, Spartan fans will be as confident as ever when he trots out onto the field to attempt any kind of field goal.

And, now Spartan fans can be confident that Coghlin can do just about anything back there.

Coghlin was recognized this week as the Big Ten’s Co-Special Teams Player of the week after his histrionics in Bloomington.

There will be more accolades throughout the rest of Coghlin’s time as a Spartan football player.

And if you’re a Spartan who happens to see this kid somewhere in a social establishment where refreshments are served, offer him a glass of juice or milk or chocolate milk or maybe a Shirley Temple – he deserves that type of respect right now…

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