The Spartans have been working and preparing for a strong spring showing as they look to follow up back-to-back 11 win seasons.
What questions needed to be answered on the Spartans defense this spring? We have five to think about.
Question One: How much will the loss of Jerel Worthy be felt by the Spartans during the spring?
There is no mistaking Worthy was a key part of the Spartans success the past two seasons as the defense continued to improve. Who steps up and takes on the role he filled will be key to the overall success of the defense when the season opens.
Question Two: Who will be the breakout performer on defense this spring?
There will be several players who redshirted last season looking to have a breakout spring and place their name on the depth chart.
Question Three: Can the Spartans defense stay healthy during spring drills?
The key to any successful spring is keeping your players healthy enough to be ready for summer conditioning and a quick start when camp opens. While a couple of players will be held back during spring drills, keeping the rest of the defense healthy is key.
Question Four: Who will step forward to earn the top safety spot with the loss of Trenton Robinson?
Robinson had a knack of making a big play when it was needed most and while there are a couple of guys who have showed promise the spring should provide the direction Pat Narduzzi and Harlon Barnett go at the position.
Question Five: Can William Gholston continue to show the improvement that made him one of the Big Ten's top players?
Gholston enjoyed a 70 tackle season making him one of the more feared defensive ends in the Big Ten. However, he can't rest on his past work and must take his game up another notch using the spring to do so.