Answering Your Michigan State Football Questions and Emails…

Personable, athletic and a young man of character have Calhoun on the cusp of a great Spartan career.  Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard. Personable, athletic and a young man of character have Calhoun on the cusp of a great Spartan career. Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.

Answering your Michigan State Football Questions…



Hi Hondo,  I love your profiles of all the players.  As you know we really love our son’s position coach and coordinator so this isn’t written with an axe to grind.  I was just wondering if you could do the profiles on the coaches as well.  I think it would be fun to learn about the other coaches, their strengths and weaknesses just as the players.  Thanks for considering. (Name withheld) A Spartan Parent

Dear Spartan Parent,  I think that is a great idea.  With the start of the season just three days away, time will not afford it this year.   Next year, however, I will make a profile of each coach on the football staff.


Hondo, you have been high on Shilique Calhoun and Joel Heath since they arrived.  Care to share why?  Karen

Great question Karen, and I would love to.  They are both special young men.  They are true gentleman and testaments to being raised by good people.  They are talented athletes who have a monster upside.  Calhoun, for his size, is a physical freak.  He can move like a gymnast and Heath brings raw power. One day, they will anchor the DL for the Spartans and will bring fear and trepidation.  When you can have great athletes, but also great young men of character, you have something very special. 


Hondo, I am not hearing much about Skyler Burkland?  What is he doing wrong?  Mike

Mike, I take umbrage with your question.  Sometimes in our society when someone isn’t a number one we assume they are doing something
wrong.  Maybe you should ask what Dan France is doing right!  Burkland is a great player.  He and France will battle this fall, but consider this point.
France struggled early last year, but he was learning a new position completely.  By the end of the season he was one of the best in the B1G.  Burkland
will battle, but let’s give France some credit for being a great player himself.


Hondo, if you had to pick one or two of the new WRs to watch who would it be?  I know you have given a lot of love to Sims, Jr. and Fowler, but they aren’t new.  Kenny

Great question and an easy answer:  Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings.  Stars!  They possess great game changing players with amazing hands and skill.  I have a friend that works for a Florida BCS school who was stunned that Kings got away from his home state and couldn’t stop telling me how he was one of the best players in the entire state, a fact demonstrated with post season awards last season.  Burbridge is the best WR in the state
of MI since Charles Rogers.  He is a play maker.  He finds the ball and has amazing hands.


Hondo, I think Kyler Elsworth is a great feel good story.  Why do you think he doesn’t get a lot of publicity?  Ben

Easy answer Ben:  Max Bullough, Chris Norman and Denicos Allen are why he doesn’t get a lot of pub.  Kyler is a great kid and I love to watch him in practice.  He reminds me a lot of Chris McDonald in that he goes all out all of the time.  He would start at a bunch of other B1G schools.  He isn’t a feel good story in the sense of he came as a walk on and got a scholarship., which he did.  Feel good stories to me are about the person and not about football.  Elsworth is a great kid, but make no mistake, he is a football story.  He has three LBs ahead of him that take most of the spotlight, but don’t fool yourself, he can ball.


Hondo, I remember hearing Darien Harris on your radio show and thinking how much I can’t wait to see him play.  I specifically watched him in the spring game
and was so impressed.  With Norman being so good, do you think we are still a year away from seeing him?  Kurt

Not a chance Kurt. He is a great player and one of those guys you have to get on the field.  You know the respect I have for Norman, but
Harris is going to push him hard.  Darien’s nickname is highlight and that is because he brings the playmaking ability of Denicos along with a football IQ that is off the charts to the star position.  He will play and he will make big plays this year.


Hondo, early this year you had Jared McGaha on the radio show and you two both had a lot of praise for James Kittredge on the DL.  Can he soften the blow of losing Worthy?  Scott

This is NOT a slam on Jerel, but I think the DL will be better in 2012.  Yes, I said better.  Kittredge and Hoover are in super shape, both are beasts, and yes Jerel made big plays, but he also made big mistakes and took plays off.  Kittredge/Hoover will be a great combo that will be relentless.  They
will have the unique ability to go all out knowing they have a great player behind them that can play and give them a rest.


There you go everyone.  Another week of your MSU Football Q and A in the books.  Make sure to send in your questions for next week.  Simply email them to and put weekly Q and A Football in the subject line.

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