Spring, the sun is shining and the birds can be heard singing away. If you listen close around the campus of Michigan State University, you will also hear whistles being blown and coaches barking directions over the hitting of pads. Spring football in East Lansing is back and with more excitement than years pass.
There are no surprises with a few positions as the names of Cunningham and Cousins sit at the top of their positions. However, when looking deep, you will find some new names or names of players at new positions.
Tight End: It is good to see Dion Sims listed on the depth chart as many felt he would make a return to the Spartans program after last season's troubles off the field. If Garrett Celek can stay healthy, this position is deep. Do not read too much into Brian Linthicum being listed last. It was expected after his off field issues a few weeks ago.
Offensive Line: The battle for left tackle will start with John Deyo and Micajah Reynolds and for now it looks as Skyler Schofner will have the early chance to entrench himself at right tackle. Center looks to be wide open, as four names will fight for the position in Ethan Ruhland, Blake Treadwell, Nate Klatt and Travis Jackson. This will be one of the most important position battles in the spring. Klatt is also listed at left guard while Treadwell is listed as a right guard.
Quarterback, running back, and wide receiver are in solid hands this spring.
With the loss to a few key players, the Spartans will have plenty to work on this spring on the defensive side of the ball.
Linebacker: Much like tight end Brian Linthicum, Max Bullough finds himself down the depth chart at the Mike backer position. We all know the reasons and by August, everyone fully expects Bullough to be back near the top of this list if not the starter.
Tyquan Hammock is back at linebacker after spending time last season as a fullback. He will look to push Steve Gardiner who will be limited this spring because of a toe injury for the Mike backer spot. In the end, everyone expected Bullough to be the top guy at this position.
Chris Norman will have to keep getting better with Jeremy Gainer pushing for time on the field. Norman will be limited in action because of an elbow injury. Denicos Allen enjoyed a solid spring a year ago and if he can continue to show the development he should be expected to man the Star backer spot this spring and beyond.
Defensive Backfield: With vets Johnny Adams and Trenton Robinson back, this should be a position of strength. However, youth will be served as Jairus Jones, and Isaiah Lewis will battle for the strong safety spot and Kurtis Drummond will look to make a return after missing last season.
Defensive Line: With anchor Jerel Worthy back for his junior season and the emergence of Anthony Rashad White in the middle, the Spartans look strong. Add in Tyler Hoover and things look even better. Nevertheless, the addition of a healthy William Gholston gives the Spartans a strong group up front.
Much will be expected out of Marcus Rush this spring to give the team depth on the edge.
Kevin Muma returns for kick off duties and Dan Conroy will look to continue his strong showing at the teams place kicker. The pressure this spring rest on the shoulders of Mike Sadler who many expect four solid years ahead of him.
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