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10.22.Michigan State Preview

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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BY RYAN TICE M ichigan State powered its way to a school-record 13 wins, its eighth Big Ten championship and a final nation- al ranking of No. 3 — the program's best since 1966 — last year, thanks to a stingy defense that surrendered an average of just 13.2 points and 252.2 yards per game. Running back Jeremy Langford entered the campaign with just nine career carries and quarterback Connor Cook was in his first year as the starter after supplanting the senior incumbent in week two. The duo took some time to hit their strides, but both ended the year with All- Big Ten honors. Langford, who is enter- ing his fifth season, rushed for 1,422 yards and a league-best 18 touchdowns en route to honorable mention all-league laurels, while Cook was named to the all-confer- ence second-team by the coaches after he threw for 2,755 yards and 22 touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore. It was no secret that the two would have to take on bigger roles this fall with the suf- focating defense welcoming back just five starters. They have done exactly that — the veteran offense has scored a school-re- cord 329 points in seven games — and OCT. 22, 2014 Fifth-year senior running back Jeremy Langford leads Michigan State in rushing in 2014, with 125 carries for 664 yards (5.3-yard average) and seven touchdowns. PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS Getting It Done On Both Sides Offensive Improvements Have Made Michigan State A Well-Rounded Powerhouse

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