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Michigan State’s Luke Newman ranked No. 1 among returning Big Ten OTs

Michigan State football has landed a number of big-name signings this spring, but perhaps none will be as valuable as offensive tackle Luke Newman, who they acquired in January.

Newman joined the Spartans after four seasons at Holy Cross. He is coming off a 2023 campaign in which he earned All-ECAC recognition, received All-Patriot League First Team honors and was named to the FCS Football Central All-America First Team.

Pro Football Focus has rated Newman the highest returning offensive tackle in the Big Ten with an overall offensive grade of 87.9.

Behind Newman are JC Davis of Illinois (84.5), Aireontae Ersery of Minnesota (84.0), Ajani Cornelius of Oregon (77.9), DJ Wingfield of Purdue (77.4), Jonah Monheim of USC ( 75.9), Wisconsin’s Riley Mahlman (74.4), Ohio State’s Josh Fryar (74.0), Rutgers’ Hollin Pierce (72.4) and Michigan’s Myles Hinton (72.4).

Newman has made 37 straight starts at left tackle over the past three seasons.

The veteran tackle will return to his home state of Michigan. Newman is from Bloomfield Hills, where he was a captain for Brother Rice. He was a three-time All-Catholic High School League winner.

New man was one of the first transfers made to Michigan State this offseason. He will be coached by new Spartan offensive line coach Jim Michalczik, who served in the same role on Coach Jonathan Smith’s staff at Oregon State.

Newman has a great opportunity to become an even better tackle under Michalczik, who helped develop recent NFL first-round pick Taliese Fuaga, one of the top offensive line prospects from this year’s draft .

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