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Burney's Bites will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Taste of The OC In East Lansing

Even though things have been quite somber in East Lansing in recent days, - with Michigan State coming off two straight heartbreaking losses in a row - its still great to see the Spartans getting such positive contributions from  
so many former Oakland County prepsters so far this season.
There are 15 members of MSU's roster this fall that hail from high school programs in the ever-talent laden OC. And a good deal of them are seeing major playing time and making their presence felt on the stat sheet.
Redshirt Freshman RB Caulton Ray from Birmingham Brother Rice has been starting in the Spartans backfield and has over 150 yards on the ground, including a rushing TD in game 2 vs. Central Michigan. True Freshman RB Edwin "Rock" Baker from Oak Park has been getting some touches too, spelling Ray and Larry Caper.
Freshman TE Dion Sims from Orchard Lake St. Mary's caught a TD in his first game in the college ranks, snaring a 26-yard TD pass from Keith Nicol in the 2nd quarter of the Sparties opening day blow out Montana St.
Junior TE Charlie Gannt from Birmingham Brother Rice caught a 16-yard TD in the CMU game. Both Sims and Gannt have caught passes in all three games.
Junior WR Mark Dell from Farmington Hills Harrison caught six balls for a team-high 121 yards. Dell has shown flashes of brilliance in his time in East Lansing and is looking to be a tad more consistent in his third year playing for Team Sparty in '09.
Chris D. Rucker from Birmingham Detroit Country Day is also seeing some clock at the wide out spot for head coach Mark D'antonio.
SR LB Adam Decker from Brother Rice looks solid at his linebacker spot and redshirt freshman Tyler Hoover (Novi) and Jon Strayhorn (Oak Park) at DE and junior LB Jon Misch (OL St. Mary's) are playing well too.
Shouts also go out to freshman WR Bennie Fowler (DCD), freshman PK Kevin Muma (Troy), redshirt freshman RB Andre Buford (DCD), sophomore OL Joel Foreman (Milford), and sophomore punter Kyle Selden (Waterford Our Lady of The Lakes) for repping the OC to the fullest every time they put on the Green and White as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey don't forget about DB Ross Weaver from Southfield.

September 23, 2009 at 1:12 PM 

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