October 4, 2007

Video: Roushar says Martin should be back for NW

EAST LANSING - The Michigan State offensive line has done an admirable job thus far considering the injuries sustained by the Spartans during the first month and a half of the college football season.

Offensive line coach Dan Roushar's unit should be one step closer to full strength win starting guard Roland Martin returns to action after spending the last two weeks on the shelf with an injury.

Roushar indicated in an interview on Thursday night that Martin would likely see the field against Northwestern.
The Spartan front five received a boost when senior Mike Gyetvai returned to work two weeks ago at Notre Dame. The addition of Martin will further solidify the Spartan front five.

In Martin's absence, Michigan State got good offensive line play from back-up Mike Bacon at Notre Dame and John Masters at Wisconsin.
Masters is still working as a back-up center to sophomore Joel Nitchman, whom Roushar said played very well in Madison echoing the sentiments of Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio who singled out the positive contribution of Nitchman during his Monday press conference.

Gyetvai continues to play well at guard. As well as the big Canadian played against Notre Dame, he was even better against Wisconsin.

On Thursday, Roushar also updated the progress of Arthur Ray, who spent a recent stretch in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy treatments as he continues to battle the cancer that kept him from arriving at Michigan State with the rest of Dantonio's first recruiting class.

Ray, says Roushar, is planning on attending Michigan State's night homecoming game against Indiana in two weeks.

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