Early Look Depth Chart: Running Back

Despite the loss of one back to the NFL, Michigan State fans are excited about the position as the Spartans may have one of the best power-backs in college football. Is running back a position of strength? We take a look at our preseason depth chart breakdown.

How good can Le'Veon Bell be if he doesn't read his press clipping and continues working as he's done since arriving on the Michigan State campus? If Bell gets the number of carries many expect him to get, there is a very good chance he'll lead the Big Ten in rushing.

TAILBACK - Le'Veon Bell – Larry CaperNick HillJeremy Langford

For the first time in his Spartans career, Le'Veon Bell will be the featured back in the MSU offensive attack and fans of the Green & White are excited.

Bell, who has already rushed for 21 touchdowns and 1,553 yards during his career, could see a huge jump in the number of carries as compared to last season when he carried the rock 182 times. Is a 1,500 yard season out of the question? Maybe, maybe not as Mark Dantonio will also look to keep the 6-foot-2, 244-pound rock of a back fresh for the long season. Add in Bell's ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and the national media may find a darling to talk about before the season ends.

Nevertheless, Bell is not the only talent Dan Roushar will look at out of the backfield as Larry Caper looks to get back to his 2009 showing as one of the best young backs in the country. While slowed by injuries and passed by Bell, Caper still is a threat coming out of the backfield catching the ball.

The odd man out looks to be Hill who despite his strong spring showing, knows he's got to make the most out of each touch he earns.

As we touched on in our wide receiver breakdown, Langford is athletic enough to play on either side of the football and it's up to the Spartans to find a way to get him on the field.

While Bell – pardon the pun, will be the Spartans Bell Cow, he'll have a chance for a giant season and could find himself pushing for some records along the way if he's given the chance to score like Javon Ringer did in 2008.

FULLBACK - Niko PalazetiTrevon PendletonTaylor Calero

Palazeti looks to have the early advantage at fullback and at 6-foot-1, 250-pounds, he'll fit in nicely when the Spartans use their power running attack.

He'll be pushed Pendleton and some are eager to see what Calero brings to the table after fighting injuries and moving over from defense.

INCOMING FRESHMEN - Nick TompkinsMarcus Horne

Both Horne and Tompkins will see duty on the scout team this fall and get their first real chance of showing their stuff next spring.

OTHERS - Tony FantJeff Bobek


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