SD Breakdown TE

Another position of tremendous strength for Michigan State is tight end. Not only do the Spartans have two high level tight ends, they have three along with some depth at the position.

As one program that loves to use the tight end in their offensive scheme, Michigan State has recruited the position well since Mark Dantonio took over the Spartans program. Now the fruits of his recruiting labor are about to pay off as senior Garrett Celek looks to have a breakout year after going down early last season.

If Celek can stay healthy, look out as he is fully capable of being a main target for quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Not only do the Spartans have Celek, they also have Dion Sims returning after missing last season with off field issues. The value of Sims was shown during the spring game as he pulled down four balls for 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

While most teams would be happy to have two solid tight ends, the Spartans also have a third in Brian Linthicum who is as solid a pass catcher as any of his position mates.

While Celek and Linthicum will finish out their careers this season, Sims still has time on his clock as does Derek Hoebing and incoming tight end Paul Lang who impressed the Spartan coaches during his camp workout last summer.

While fans should expect quality catches out of each of the main three tight ends, they can also expect each of them to be able to lineup in two tight end sets and be part of the Spartans running attack as key edge blockers.

Spring Grade : A+

Future Outlook: The biggest worry about the future is if Dion Sims has a breakout season and opts to leave Michigan State following this season. It is no secret how much talent Sims has and while some have even expressed he could become a major offensive tackle prospect, his heart and skill set allow him to stay at tight end.

Hoebing will need to get some reps to get his feet wet and Lang should be expected to redshirt this fall. Another possible player in the mix down the road could be new verbal pledge Evan Jones who could be placed at tight end at the start of his Spartans career in 2012.

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