SD Breakdown RB

To say Michigan State is loaded at the running back position is an understatement. With three solid producers and solid backups, the Spartans look to be in good position for the next couple of seasons.

Do not use the spring game as a testament to the strength Michigan State has at the running back position. While there is some talk from Edwin Baker he will have an even bigger year in 2011 (1,201 yards rushing), remember he may be asked to share even more carries in the season ahead.

Larry Caper looked to be headed to stardom in his first season in a Spartan uniform, however, last season found Caper struggling to get back into the fold after suffering an early season injury. Again this spring Caper found himself slowed at times. Nevertheless, a 100% Caper is what the Spartans need with them breaking in a young offensive line.

While Caper may have to fight to get his carries, his ability to catch the football is vital to the Spartans offensive attack when he is on the field.

2010 found Le'Veon Bell making a statement about the future of his career. Despite getting 100 carries less than Baker, he showed he has the physical skills to be a "Big Time" Big Ten power back who can become a workhorse for Mark Dantonio's style of offense.

Not only can Bell do it carrying the rock, he also showed the ability to get himself into the passing game making him even a bigger threat.

If healthy, look for Bell to add to his carry totals and overall production in the fall.

Not to be left outside of the talk is Nick Hill who took part in his second spring and will only be a redshirt freshman this fall.

Spring Grade : A

Future Outlook: The Spartans have built a solid stable of backs that complement each other very well. Baker has the speed to go with power while Bell has shown the ability to stay within his abilities and join the ranks as a power back to be reckoned with.

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