5 Players Who Will Emerge For Michigan State
Five Players Who Will Emerge For Michigan State
The Michigan State Spartans are coming off a disappointing season in which they went 7-6 with a victory in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl over TCU. Their defense was great, finishing top 10 nationally, but they really struggled on offense in Andrew Maxwells' first season as a starter.
Their defense should be stout again in 2013 as they return most of their starters. On offense, workhorse running back Le'Veon Bell and top receiving target, tight end Dion Sims, left early for the NFL, leaving big holes in an already shaky offense. Maxwell, who is in a position battle of his own with redshirt sophomore Connor Cook, must improve in his final season as a Spartan if the offense is to be formidable.
There will also be competition among the offensive line, where four starters return. Senior tackle Fou Fonati returns from a season ending foot injury that he suffered in pregame warm-ups before the Spartans eventual loss to rival Notre Dame.
Replacing Sims will be no easy task, and the Spartans have former walk-on Andrew Gleichert penciled in as the starter. Challenging Gleichert is redshirt sophomore Paul Lang who saw action in 10 games, including two starts.There will be plenty of intriguing battles for starting positions throughout the summer, and some could last well into the season, most notably at quarterback and running back. With spring practice over, here is a look five players who will emerge in 2013 for Michigan State.