The 2017 season saw Michigan State’s football team do something different. They were coming off a rough year, both on and off the field, so coach Dantonio only went with two captains a year ago Brian Allen and Chris Frey Jr. As the beginning of this season is now only a week away and fall camp is over, the Spartans have made the decision on the captains for the 2018 college football season as they look to follow up last season’s 10-3 turn around from 3-9. The major difference this year they are back to three captains much like what it has been under Dantonio.
Let’s take a look at the Captains for the Spartans:
#27 Khari Willis a senior safety from Jackson, Michigan. A major part of the reformed No-Fly Zone of the Spartan Dawg defense. The former Lumen Christi Titan enters his senior season at Michigan State looking to become one of the Big Ten’s elite safety’s much like former Spartan and 2014 Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year Kurtis Drummond much like Willis wore #27. Willis who gave the student speech at the Big Ten Football Luncheon became the first Spartan to do that since Kirk Cousins in 2011. Like Cousins, Willis is a great choice as a Captain of this team. Willis has played in 33 career games registering 112 total tackles including 71 last season.
#35 Joe Bachie a junior middle linebacker from Brook Park, Ohio. Bachie joins the long list of former middle linebackers who have been named a captain at MSU. Like the Bulloughs, Bachie is a strong leader and the quarterback of the defense. In 19 career games, Bachie has registered 112 career tackles. Including being last season’s team leader in tackles with 100. He also had 3.5 sacks, three interceptions including leading the Spartans to a win over rival Michigan at the Big House in Ann Arbor.
#14 Brian Lewerke the junior starting quarterback from Phoenix, Arizona. The most dual-threat quarterback Michigan State has seen, since Drew Stanton, who Lewerke often looks like out on the field. The only quarterback in the history of MSU to have back to back 400-yard games. Including the MSU single game-record 445 yards against Northwestern. Lewerke is only a threat through the air the running threat that he is may push him into something that MSU has never seen a real threat towards the Heisman Trophy. Lewerke’s 17 career games have seen him go 277-474 for 3174 yards 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has also rushed the ball 145 times for 708 yards and five touchdowns.
Next Friday night the Spartans kick off their 2018 season against the Aggies of Utah State. These captains helped lead the team to a 10-3 season last year, what can they lead this team to this year. Possibly Indianapolis and a shot at another Big Ten Championship. For now congratulations to three great Spartans, who truly deserved the honor of being Captains.