Spartans Depth Chart Offense

We look at how Michigan State expects to look when they take the field Friday night against Boise State as a new depth chart has been released.

Injuries have played a small role in Michigan State's depth chart that was released for the Boise State game on Tuesday.

Here is a look at each position group on offense and any changes that came out of preseason camp.


No real surprises here as Andrew Maxwell takes over the starting role for his first career start at Michigan State. Maxwell will be backed up by redshirt freshman Connor Cook who gained valuable reps during the spring and made road trips a season ago to get an understanding of how game day works.

Running Backs

Le'Veon Bell gets his chance to be an every down back and much is expected out of the 6-foot-2, 244-pound Ohio native. Bell has help as Larry Caper is still a threat catching the ball out of the backfield and also taking a handoff or two. Nick Hill has been solid on special teams and when he's been given a carry or two so this position looks solid going into the season.

Receivers & Tight Ends

We first start at the X position as Tony Lippett finally has one position to worry about and much will be expected it. He'll be backed up by Jeremy Langford who is also listed as the fourth running back. At the Z spot sophomore Keith Mumphery held off Andre Sims Jr. and at the F spot Bennie Fowler continues to battle transfer DeAnthony Arnett. While young there is talent at each position the Spartans will need to have step up against Boise State.

At tight end Dion Sims is the main man and newly scholarship Andrew Gleichert is battling Derek Hoebing and Paul Lang.

Offensive Line

There have been some small changes made as Dan France will get the call at left tackle. Skyler Burkland will start off the season backing up Fou Fonoti. Burkland suffered a setback during camp and is not expected to play this weekend. Henry Conway looks to have put his injuries behind him and is listed as France's backup going into the game. Michael Dennis is listed at both tackles spot. At center is the steady Travis Jackson who will have Chris McDonald to his right and redshirt freshman Jack Allen on his left. Because of an injury to Blake Treadwell, Donavon Clark moves up to be the backup for Allen. Nate Klatt looks to have the inside shot if something would happen to McDonald.


Main concerns rest along the offensive line with Burkland expected out for the opener. Allen has the coaching staff excited but it will mark his first career start and things can be different from performing on scout team as compared to being under the bright lights.

While there is solid depth at running back, Bell is expected to be the workhorse and must stay healthy. They same could be said for Sims as he's the only proven tight end in an offense that loves to use the position.

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