Hey, Spartan Seniors - THANK YOU!

Hey, Spartan Seniors - THANK YOU!

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Hey, Spartan Seniors - THANK YOU!

Michigan State (6-5, 4-4) hosts Rutgers (1-10, 0-9) on Saturday at Spartan Stadium for the regular season finale. The senior class playing its final game in East Lansing has much to be proud of.

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Back in August, this Saturday’s regular season finale at Spartan Stadium looked like it might have had the makings of a celebratory affair.

Four months later, the Spartans have suffered 5 frustrating defeats and a season that started with so much promise feels as if it’s coming to its pre-bowl game close without too much to celebrate.

However, the fact is that the senior class that will be playing its last game at Spartan Stadium should be celebrated by Spartan fans.

This is a class that has accomplished so much, despite the disappointment of the 2018 season.

Consider that the 18 seniors who will be honored prior to Saturday’s kickoff have compiled a 31-19 record that features accomplishments that won’t ever be forgotten.

This senior class was a part of the 2015 Big Ten Championship.

That 2015 Big Ten Championship, of course, led to Michigan State’s appearance in the College Football Playoff.

And, while this class was part of the 2016 season that might, perhaps, put this season into a bit of perspective, this class was instrumental in making sure that the program bounced back after the 3-9 record in 2016.

Last season’s 10-3 mark that ended with an impressive 42-17 Holiday Bowl victory over Washington State demonstrated that the program’s foundation remained strong.

During his weekly press conference, Mark Dantonio took a moment to speak about how this Saturday’s finale is an opportunity to celebrate what this class of Spartans has accomplished.

“This is a moment for our seniors,” Dantonio said. “I think our seniors have experienced everything. They’ve experienced championship moments winning the Big Ten championship, going to playoff games. They’ve also experienced a tough 2016 followed by a 10-win season. So, it’s an opportunity to say goodbye to them and have a positive experience there.”

Andrew Dowell.

Matt Morrissey.

Mickey Macius.

Colin Caflisch.

Felton Davis III.

Tyson Smith.

Noah Listermann.

Khari Willis.

Jon Reschke.

Byron Bullough.

Colin Lucas.

Gerald Owens.

Grayson Miller.

Ben Line.

Dillon Alexander.

David Beedle.

Matt Sokol.

Chase Gianacakos.

Every one of these guys dedicated himself to working harder as a student athlete than most of us ever would understand.

Every one of these guys made sacrifices as a student athlete most of us won’t ever understand.

Every one of these guys went through physical demands as a student athlete that most of us won’t ever understand.

Every one of these guys earned a Big Ten Championship for the football program and were part of victorious moments most of us won’t ever forget.

So often we tend to forget that these are college kids who are working so hard to juggle all of the demands that are put in front of them – and we tend to expect so much of them (with yours truly right at the front of that line).

Think of the countless early mornings – so often in the frigid darkness of an East Lansing winter – when these Spartan warriors worked in the shadows without any cheering or any sounds of the Spartan Marching Band.

It’s worth thinking about the fact that these guys let loose at exactly zero pregame tailgates, too.

The hard work, the commitment, the dedication, the perseverance, and the determination – it’s overwhelming to think about the ways these guys have spent their years as Spartans.

Sure, the 2018 season has been a disappointment.

And I’d guess that nobody feels that disappointment more than the guys listed above.

But what an inspirational accomplishment for each and every one of these Spartans to have battled, worked, fought, and achieved so much greatness that nobody will ever be able to take away from them for the rest of their lives.

Wish I could give every one of them a hearty handshake and a pat on the back in a show of thanks for providing all of us with so many exciting moments that make us all so proud to be Spartans.

These Spartans should forever be proud of what they’ve accomplished and what they’ve done for Michigan State University.

Thanks for all of it, fellas.

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