Michigan State is facing quite the predicament this offseason. It happens all too often that you see a team rely heavily on the run and then lose the guy that made the running game so effective.
Just how bad is the running back situation right now? Well, the Spartans are returning just 30 carries, 71 yards and one rushing touchdown from a season ago.
To give you an idea how minute those numbers are in comparison to the entire bulk of rushing numbers from last year, it’s just 4% of rushing yards, 6% of carries and 8% of rushing touchdowns returning from the 2013 season.
If this doesn’t strike fear into the heard of Mark Dantonio, I’m not quite sure what will. The Spartans’ redshirt freshman, Nick Thompkins, looks to challenge soon-to-be junior Nick Hill for the starting spot.
Another favorite in the race looks to be sophomore Jeremy Langford, one of just two running backs returning from the 2012 squad. He and Hill are the only backs on the team that have ever carried the ball in a college football game, carrying it just nine times to Hill’s 21.
While these three running backs are seemingly leading the position battle, incoming freshman Gerald Holmes could be a darkhorse that could take the position and make it his own.
It will be interesting to see who emerges and proves themselves as worthy to be Le’Veon Bell‘s replacement. Whoever comes out on top in the spring game on April 20 has some big shoes to fill.