2011 Spartan Nation Michigan State Football Profile: #67 Joel Foreman

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A beast, a force, a man child, whatever words you use the best is perhaps special when talking about Spartan G Joel Foreman.  Photo courtesy of Bill Marklevits.
A beast, a force, a man child, whatever words you use the best is perhaps special when talking about Spartan G Joel Foreman. Photo courtesy of Bill Marklevits.

 

2011 Spartan Nation Football Profile: #67 Joel Foreman

Expectation:Â All American LG

Height:  6’4”

Weight:Â 323#

2011 Eligibility: Senior

EXP: 3 Letters

Status:Â All B1G LG/Stud

Strengths: It would be easier to skip to the weakness section because Foreman does it all good. He is a beast, a machine, a monster, and frankly take everything he does great on the football field, times it by 789 and that is how good of a person he is. Foreman should leave MSU among the best EVER on the OL.

Offensive linemen don’t get the accolades that they deserve. They aren’t sexy, but you can’t be a champion on the gridiron without the big uglies. Often when they do something great it goes unseen. Let me give a super example of Foreman’s strength and how most people would never see it.

Against Notre Dame last year in the second quarter the Spartans had the ball with a first and ten with 4:53 on the clock at the Notre Dame 42. Foreman got to the second level and sealed off the ILB for a nice gain. The RB got the camera time and the talk of the announcers, but without Foreman’s speed and tactical superiority that play is a loss.

Weakness: When you talk about the Foreman weaknesses you have to take a different approach. Foreman is so good that his weakness at times is when he is dominating people to lapse technique because he is beating them like a redheaded stepchild. Let’s look at the WMU game last year. Foreman owned the Broncos. So much so that after the game my good friend and head coach of the Broncos Bill Cubit said of Foreman, “Man that kid is a special talent. The film told us that all week in prep.”

In the first quarter with 5:34 on the clock, the Spartans had a second and four. Foreman was pulling to s spot and he had his eyes fixed on the man he was about to destroy, he narrowed his field of vision and got hit. He was so zeroed in on the man he owned already (it was the first quarter) and didn’t get all that he could have out of the play. His weakness is simply going to be keeping himself engaged all the time.

Final Analysis: There are plenty of talented youngsters on this team with a ton of talent ready to take over for Foreman when he moves to the NFL next year. There are many talented and future NFL stars waiting to replace Foreman after this year but it will be very difficult to fill his shoes

Next up:Â MLB TyQuan Hammock

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