Michigan State Football: Spartans' OC Roushar leaves for NFL

Michigan State OC leaves for NFL

2/18/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Michigan State offensive coordinator Dan Roushar has left to take the running backs coaching position with the New Orleans Saints, reports Diamond Leung of MLive.com.Blog Photo - Michigan State Football: Spartans' OC Roushar leaves for NFL

Roushar spent six seasons in East Lansing, calling all the plays his final two years.

"He’s a great teacher and a tireless recruiter," coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement Saturday. "Dan certainly played a critical role in helping build a solid foundation here at Michigan State. We’re grateful for the effort and energy he’s invested in our program.

“He’s excited about being presented with the opportunity to coach the game at its highest level. We’re thrilled for Dan and his family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the NFL.”

Roushar was the center of criticism from the fan base this past season, as he led one of the worst offensive units in the country.

Michigan State scored just 20.0 points per game in 2012 (110th in the NCAA), putting up 17 points or less in seven different appearances.

The Spartans were very one-dimensional, as quarterback Andrew Maxwell struggled mightily and defenses stacked the line to plug up the run game.

While Roushar may be at some fault for their lack of offensive performance, it’s a very small percentage. He had very little to work with (he did a fine job with Kirk Cousins under center in 2011) and a significant amount of players underachieved.

From a career standpoint, it’s easy to understand Roushar’s decision to leave for the NFL – especially since he probably felt as if he was no longer accepted by those who watched the team play.

Nonetheless, it leaves Michigan State in a huge bind. It’s going to be difficult for Dantonio to find a qualified candidate before spring practice begins next month.

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