2011 Spartan Nation Football Profile: #62 G Chris MAGNUS McDonald

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Based on the pre season love the nation is learning about MAGNUS and in 2011 those who haven't seen will.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

Based on the pre season love the nation is learning about MAGNUS and in 2011 those who haven't seen will. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

 

2011 Spartan Nation Football Profile: #62 G Chris MAGNUS McDonald

Expectation:Â All Big Ten Guard

Height:  6’5”

Weight:Â 303#

2011 Eligibility: Junior

EXP:Â 2 Letters

Status:Â Starting RG

Strengths: Magnus is one of the rawest and most pure talents who should follow his brother to the NFL. Spartan Nation lauded Magnus prior to his burst on the scene and you can see by all of the preseason accolades for young Magnus that he is ready. Let’s look at a play that best illustrates one of his many strengths. Against WMU in the second quarter with 5:13 to go in the half, the Spartans had a first and ten at their own one. The Spartans run right behind young Magnus for a six-yard gain. Most people wouldn’t even remember that play, but it was a great example of how Magnus may not win the press conference with glowing look at quotes, but he will kick your butt with technique and brute force strength. Magnus isn’t a good guard, he is a great guard and along with super star Joel Foreman gives MSU the best set of starting guards in the nation.

Weakness: Let’s go back to the Notre Dame game in the third quarter. There was 6:55 on the clock and the Spartans had the ball at the Notre Dame 23 with a third and six. He got a false start that COULD HAVE cost the Spartans three. It didn’t cost them, but it is a weakness and here is why. Magnus punishes people. He loves to hit and destroy. He was so charged for the play that he took off early. That is his aggression. He wanted to hit someone. He has to learn (and he will, he is young) to control that rage. He is such a gentle young man off the field, but on it he plays with a deep rage and passion that is unbelievable. He just at times needs to learn to control it.

Final Analysis: Magnus is a star. He will play in the NFL and will be a first team all Big Ten player before his career is over. He just plays nasty…not dirty, nasty. He is a throwback to the old school, snot dripping, rub some dirt in your blood old school offensive lineman. On top of that he is a super person and loves the game. The Spartan Nation will look back at the end of this year and he will be considered among the best guards to every play at MSU, only overshadowed by an older (and his good buddy) stud Joel Foreman.

Next up:Â Joel Foreman