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Where does Jayden Reed rank all time among MSU receivers?

Jayden Reed had an elite MSU career.



Jayden Reed
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Where does Jayden Reed rank all time among Michigan State wide receivers after an impressive three-year career?

With Jayden Reed’s NFL destination and draft slot official, I wanted to take the time to acknowledge his tremendous career at Michigan State. What better way to do that than with a completely made-up list that exists (until now) exclusively in my head.

In all seriousness, I did spend quite a bit of time putting this list together. There’s no formula or specific data point I’m valuing more than another. I’m doing my best to combine statistics, overall impact, team wins, era of play, and about a hundred other different qualities.

The great thing about lists is if you have a disagreement, make your own list.

Here are my top 20 wide receiver rankings all time at Michigan State.

  1. Charles Rogers
  2. Kirk Gibson
  3. Andre Rison
  4. Plaxico Burress
  5. B.J. Cunningham
  6. Gene Washington
  7. Courtney Hawkins
  8. Jayden Reed
  9. Tony Lippett
  10. Aaron Burbridge
  11. Derrick Mason
  12. Keshawn Martin
  13. Gari Scott
  14. Felton Davis
  15. Mark Ingram
  16. Mark Dell
  17. Eugene Byrd
  18. Matt Trannon
  19. Blair White
  20. Devin Thomas

As you can see, I have Jayden Reed No. 8 overall behind his receivers coach Courtney Hawkins. I never really considered putting Reed into that top tier of four players. That’s a special group that will be very difficult for anyone to crack. Many are surprised to learn that B.J. Cunningham is MSU’s all-time leader in receptions and yards. Gene Washington was a two time All-American on national championship teams in 1965 and 1966.

In all honesty, I was surprised at how high I ended up putting Reed. But the more I looked into it, the more I was reminded of just how impactful he was. With the 2020 season shortened, and his injury in 2022, Reed only appeared in 31 games at MSU. Despite that, he ranks fifth all time in receptions, 12th in yardage, and seventh in touchdowns. He also has the punt return impact that a lot of other guys on the list don’t have.

The similarities between Hawkins and Reed are striking. Hawkins only appeared in 30 games, and finished his career with 11 fewer catches, but 141 more yards. Both players returned punts as well during their time at MSU. I gave the slightest nod to Hawkins because of the era he played in. Because it was before I was born, I never watched Hawkins. But it goes without saying that the ball is thrown much more frequently now than it was in the 1980s.

I came into this exercise thinking Reed would be somewhere behind Aaron Burbridge and Tony Lippett. I ended up putting him ahead of both of those players because I was reminded that those two guys had the benefit of playing on some of the best Michigan State teams we’ve seen. They were a huge part of that, obviously.

But I felt like the rising tide lifts all boats. When you think of those teams from 2013-2015, you think of the defense and the running game. Reed’s time at MSU will undoubtedly be overshadowed by the one season with Kenneth Walker III. But Walker was also the only reason that Reed wasn’t Michigan State’s best offensive player for three years in a row. He was an integral part of the 2021 MSU team that won 11 games out of nowhere. That counts significantly towards his legacy as well.


Michigan State football: Washington game time, channel announced

Fans won’t be too thrilled about the channel.



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The Washington vs. Michigan State football rematch is on Sept. 16, and the Spartans have revenge on their minds.

The game time for the Washington vs. Michigan State football game was just announced and is one I think most Michigan State fans will be happy with. The game will kick off at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 16.

This is a great start time for Michigan State fans. That will give fans plenty of time to travel to East Lansing, enjoy a tailgate and get into the stadium. On top of that, the game will get down around 8 p.m. ET which is good for the crowd that does not like to be out late.

However, I think a lot of fans were hoping for a noon start time in this game. A noon start would have been a 9 a.m. local time for Washington, likely giving the Spartans a slight advantage. It’s no surprise seeing this big of a game scheduled in the evening to avoid that.

On top of the game time announcement, where the game will be aired on TV was also announced. This is where the good news ends. The Spartans game against Washington will only be available for streaming on Peacock. That means Spartan fans at home will have to pay to watch this game. However, a simple Google search showed me that Peacock currently only costs $20 for the entire year. A lot of Big Ten football and basketball games will only be available on Peacock this season, so that may not be a bad investment to make right now if you can.

What would a win mean for Michigan State football?

Michigan State will have revenge on its mind in this game. Washington beat the Spartans last season in Seattle 39-28. The game however did not feel that close. Michigan State made a late comeback to make the final score look respectable, but a lot of fans will tell you we never really stood a chance.

Washington will likely be a top 10 heading into this matchup, so Michigan State has a great opportunity in front of it. A win would would help spring the Spartans into the conference season with a lot of positive momentum.

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Jordan Hall hosts second annual free youth football camp (Video)

Jordan Hall is a legend already.



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Michigan State freshman linebacker Jordan Hall continues to show just why he’s one of the best out there.

Jordan Hall is already showing signs of being the next great Spartan on and off the field.

The Michigan State freshman linebacker was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Va. However, he most recently moved to Bradenton, Fla., to play football at IMG Academy.

This past weekend, Hall returned home to Fredericksburg to host his second annual free Jordan Hall Youth Football Camp.

Hall has already been making a name for himself on the field for the Spartans this spring. His play and effort has been praised by fellow players and coaches alike. IMG Academy has a long history of producing high-quality athletes. This makes Hall’s tenure in the program even more noteworthy. He became the first three-time captain in IMG Academy history.

When coaches are recruiting players, they are hoping to find the perfect mix of talent and character. You don’t become a three-time captain of a storied school like IMG Academy without having both.

In a recent interview with Spartan Shadows, Cryeeta Hall said of her son, “One of his favorite things he loves to do is teach the game of football to kids. He loves to coach.”

Michigan State fans are excited to see what Jordan Hall can contribute on the field, but his character off the field so far is creating just as much excitement. When you see a young man with the heart and determination to give back to his hometown, it lets fans know this is the sort of player you can to rally around and support. Mel Tucker has shown intentionality in his recruiting. He has a specific type of player that he’s looking for. Jordan Hall epitomizes a Tucker type of player.

Hall has the potential to earn immediate playing time this year as a true freshman. I’m not a betting man but if I were, I’d wager that we’ll see him as a team captain for the green and white sooner than later.

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Mel Tucker is best coach in the Big Ten when it comes to one stat

This may surprise you.



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Mel Tucker is the best coach in the conference when it comes to this one surprising stat.

Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker is one of the best coaches in the Big Ten when it comes to close games.

This may surprise some considering two of Tucker’s three years at Michigan State have resulted in losing seasons. But the data shows that Tucker knows how to come out on top when the game is close.

He has been at Michigan State since 2020. During that three year timeframe he boasts a 10-1 record in games decided by 10 points or less which is the best record in the conference during that span.

Here is a list of all 11 of those games:


  • at Michigan (W 27-24)
  • vs. Northwestern (W 29-20)


  • vs. Nebraska (W 23-20)
  • at Indiana (W 20-15)
  • vs. Michigan (W 37-33)
  • vs. Penn State (W 30-27)
  • vs. Pittsburgh (W 31-21)


  • vs. Wisconsin (W 34-28)
  • at Illinois (W 23-15)
  • vs. Rutgers (W 27-21)
  • vs. Indiana (L 39-31)

How impressive is this really?

A 10-1 record when games are within 10 points is extremely impressive. The only loss on this list is Indiana from last season, a game Michigan State likely should have one. The Spartans ended up losing in overtime to the Hoosiers, but were a chip shot field goal away from winning in regulation. That is a field goal college kickers make almost every time, so Tucker’s one loss on this list could easily have been another win.

Regardless, 10-1 is the best winning percentage in games decided by 10 points or less in the Big Ten during that three-year span.

This is how the rest of the Big Ten teams fared during this same timeframe:

  1. Michigan State: 10-1 (.909)
  2. Maryland: 8-3 (.727)
  3. Iowa: 11-5 (.688)
  4. Indiana: 7-4 (.636)
  5. Purdue: 12-7 (.632)
  6. Ohio State: 3-2 (.600)
  7. Michigan: 6-4 (.600)
  8. Minnesota: 9-7 (.563)
  9. Rutgers: 7-6 (.538)
  10. Wisconsin: 6-7 (.462)
  11. Penn State: 5-7 (.417)
  12. Northwestern: 5-9 (.357)
  13. Illinois: 6-11 (.353)
  14. Nebraska: 5-16 (.238)

What does this tell us about Mel Tucker?

One thing this tells us is the Tuck is a great in game coach in tight situations. No coach goes 10-1 in close games by accident. Sometimes there is a lot of luck involved with winning close games, but that’s not necessarily the case when you win them this efficiently. Anyone can close a game out when you are up by 20, but not everyone can win a close game in the closing seconds.

This statistic is not all good though. Michigan State has won 18 games during the past three seasons. This means that over half of the games Mel Tucker has won at Michigan State have been within 10 points. For a program with extremely high goals, that fact is a little scary.

As I mentioned before, sometimes luck has to be on your side to win these close games. So relying on winning a lot of close games to have a great season is not a recipe for success.

One things for sure though, as long as Mel Tucker is the coach at Michigan State, we stand a very good chance at winning any close game.

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