Spartans' Stanton returns to Big Board

After dropping off Mel Kiper's Big Board last week, it's hard not to put Michigan State QB Drew Stanton back in the Top 25 after his performance against Northwestern.

Updated: October 26, 2006, 10:32 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to
Ever since his performance in the fourth quarter against Notre Dame, Michigan State QB Drew Stanton had been sliding down my Big Board, and last week he fell out of the Top 25. But after his performance on Saturday, erasing a 35-point deficit to help the Spartans beat Northwestern, Stanton is not only back on the board, but he's in my Top 10. Stanton doesn't have the strongest arm, but his athleticism, intangibles and desire to win are what I like most.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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