Spring Practice Brings Open Competition for No. 2 Cornerback for Michigan State Spartans

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Darqueze Dennard figures to be a prominent member of the Michigan State Spartans defensive gameplan in 2013. The senior corner is in line to become one of the premier cover men in college football and make a push for a prominent draft position as the Spartans’ No. 1 corner. While he sits out spring practice due to injury, however, Michigan State will be holding an open competition this spring to find their other starting cornerback. Who has the edge for next fall?

Right now, it’s a wide open race. There are five legitimate contenders for playing time next fall. This spring, the coaching staff has to figure out the pecking order between junior Mylan Hicks, sophomores Trae Waynes and Arjen Colquhoun, and redshirt freshmen Ezra Robinson and Jermaine Edmondson. Each of them brings a good skill set to the position and coaches are fostering an open competition to get the best out of each of them.

Colquhoun is listed as the starter at the other corner as spring practice opens, but he understands that means little as the coaching staff reminds each candidate that they’re auditioning each day. He’ll be trying to hold off Hicks and Edmondson, listed as No. 2 and No. 3 on the depth chart behind him while Waynes and Robinson take reps in place of Dennard.

The early favorite may be Waynes who gained some excellent experience last season, particularly in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl win over the TCU Horned Frogs where he recorded three tackles. He responded to getting heavier playing time in the bowl game and head coach Mark Dantonio took note of it, saying “Trae Waynes is going to be a very, very good player for us.”

As the Spartans make a push for the Big Ten title in 2013, they’ll have some big decisions to make in their secondary. Who will step up and hold down the second starting corner job?

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