NFL Draft Profile: Michigan State WR B.J. Cunningham

Cunningham could be a late gem in the NFL Draft

When thinking about the great wide receivers that have walked through the Michigan State campus, a few might come to mind.

Charles Rogers, Derrick Mason, Plaxico Burress, Devin Thomas, Courtney Hawkins, Matt Trannon, Kirk Gibson, Mushin Muhammad, Gene Washington and Andre Rison were all great receivers during their time at MSU, but none of them can say they have the school record for receiving yards, or catches.

Those records belong to B.J. Cunningham.

The Westerville, Ohio native was ranked a three-star recruit for both Scout.com and Rivals.com. coming into college. For ESPN, Cunningham scored just a mere 70 on a scale of 90 for how much potential he had.

Once on the campus of MSU, Cunningham contributed right away on the field.

As a freshman, Cunningham caught 41 balls for 528 yards. Each year his numbers increased and as a senior Cunningham caught 79 balls, for 1,306 yards and 12 touchdowns.

His career totals are impressive.

In 51 games played he recorded 218 receptions, 3,086 yards and 25 touchdowns. The yards and catches are school records, while the 25 touchdowns is only two behind Charles Roger’s record of 27.

Cunningham has been the most consistent, sure handed receiver for the Spartans over the last three years.

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Former MSU Receiver Derrick Mason Retires After 15 Seasons In The NFL

Former MSU receiver Derrick Mason says goodbye after 15 NFL seasons.

Derrick Mason had announced retirement from the NFL on Monday.

The former Michigan State Spartan leaves behind a storied career where he played 8 seasons for the Tennessee Titans, and 6 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. This year Mason played for both the New York Jets, and Houston Texans.

Mason was drafted in 1997, in the 4th round as the 98th overall by the Houston Oilers, who later became the Tennessee Titans.

In 8 seasons with the Titans, Mason had 4 seasons of over a 1,000 yards receiving,caught 37 touchdowns, while catching well over 60 balls in five different seasons.

The Detroit native then moved onto Baltimore where he became the franchise’s all time leading receiver.

In 6 seasons with the Ravens , Mason caught over 60 passes in every season, went over a 1,000 yards receiving 4 times, and caught 29 touchdowns. He was a two time pro-bowl selection and on two all-pro teams during his career.

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Breaking News: Michigan State Junior RB Edwin Baker Enters NFL Draft

Junior running back Edwin Baker has announced he will forego his senior season at Michigan State and enter the NFL draft. The Highland Park, MI, native had a fantastic sophomore year in 2010 rushing for 1,201 yards, and 13 touchdowns while earning All-Big Ten conference honors.

In 2011 Baker shared carries with sophomore Le’Veon Bell after having some ball security issues. Bell made the most of his carries and resumed the role of starter over Baker. In 2011, Baker rushed for 665 yards and 5 touchdowns. Baker has the skills to take his talent to the next level, he has top end speed and has to ability to run over defenders.

Baker’s decision was influenced by the fact that he didn’t want to risk injury during his senior season at Michigan State. Baker told head coach Mark Dantonio of his plans on Friday, one day after teammate DT Jerel Worthy announced his decision to also forego his senior season and enter the draft.

Baker came to Michigan State as a 4 star recruit, and competed with fellow 4 star recruit Larry Caper for carries during his freshmen and sophomore year. With Baker leaving, it gives the majority of carries to Le’Veon Bell, with Caper continuing his duties as the third down back.

With Baker leaving it clears up a crowded backfield, Bell has shown the ability to be the feature back and will have full confidence from MSU. Baker is expected to be a 4th-6th round draft choice.

Worthy Of Draft: Breaking News: Michigan State All-American DT Jerel Worthy Hires Agent, Headed For Draft

Michigan State  defensive tackle Jerel Worthy has reportedly hired a agent. The hiring means that Worthy is foregoing his senior season at MSU and entering his name in the 2012 NFL draft.

Worthy has been projected anywhere from a top 20 pick to a late 2nd round selection.

The junior was a huge piece of one of the best defenses in the nation this season. Worthy often controlled the line of scrimmage in games and spear headed MSU’s aggressive defense.

The 6’3 310 pound tackle from Huber Heights, Ohio was named an All-American this year. Throughout his career at MSU, Worthy has progressed from a freshmen to an dominate force.

His production has stayed the same throughout his career, with 37 total tackles in 2009, 40 in 2010 and 30 in 2011. Production dropped for Worthy as a junior but only because he was constantly double teamed. For his career, Worthy has 107 tackles, 12 sacks, and 22 tackles for loss.

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Breaking News: Tennessee WR DeAnthony Arnett Transfers To Michigan State

Wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett has chosen to transfer to Michigan State. Arnett was a freshmen this year at Tennessee and had 24 catches for 242 yards with two touchdowns.

The former ESPNU top 150 recruit originally chose Tennessee over Michigan State after MSU was his top choice for much of the recruiting period.

Arnett’s father has health issues, which is cited for Arnett’s reason to transfer to be closer to his father. His father has had two heart attacks and a series of surgeries performed.

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Faith In Spartans Pays Off, Defeat Georgia 33-30 In Triple OT

Sophomore Le'Veon Bell goes airborne over Georgia defenders in a 33-30 victory

Coach Mark Dantonio can cross another goal off his list at Michigan State.

The Michigan State Spartans beat the Georgia Bulldogs 33-30 in triple overtime to win the Outback Bowl. The bowl victory is MSU’s first since 2001 and it’s first under Dantonio in five attempts.

The game looked like it might get out of hand in the first half when Georgia scored a safety, returned a punt 92 yards, and caught an 80 yard touchdown pass to give them a 16-0 lead heading into halftime.

Michigan State’s defense should be recognized for winning this game.It did an incredible job time after time bailing out the offense, and creating turnovers.

At one point Michigan State’s offense went three and out on 8 consecutive drives.

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Bowl Preview: Michigan State Plays Georgia In Outback Bowl

Mark Dantonio looks to guide MSU to it's first bowl win under his reign.

Head coach Mark Dantonio had big plans for Michigan State’s football program when he signed on to become the coach five years ago.

He has always wanted MSU to become a respectable program that consistently competes for championships.

His vision of Michigan State becomes more of a reality with each year that he has coached.

Under Dantonio the MSU football program has gone to five straight bowl games, won a Big Ten championship, played in the first Big Ten conference championship game, has had back-to-back double digit win seasons, and currently has a four-game winning streak against rival Michigan.

With all these accomplishments, there is still one goal that Dantonio has yet to achieve – win a bowl game.

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QB Kirk Cousins Wins Senior CLASS Award

QB Senior Kirk Cousins addressing the audience at the 2011 Big Ten Luncheon

Michigan State senior quarterback and Holland native Kirk Cousins has been given the senior CLASS award for 2011.

Cousins was awarded the trophy earlier today while the Spartans are preparing for the Outback bowl against SEC opponent Georgia.

The Senior CLASS Award stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The award is chosen by a nationwide vote of college football coaches and recognizes the most outstanding senior student-athlete in the FBS. The nominees must all have notable achievements in community, classroom, character, and competition.

Cousins was already recognized before the season even started.

His Big Ten luncheon opening day speech was given an standing ovation, and became a youtube sensation.

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