However, we feel there are five players fans should be keeping a close eye on as they get legitimate opportunities to better their position on the depth chart when camp opens in August.
Jeremy Langford – The time is now for Langford if he’s going to reach the potential many feel he’s capable of achieving. A great athlete, Langford’s move between both offense and defense was meant to get him on the field. However, he’s yet to find his place and this spring the door is open for the Wayne, Michigan native to grab an early lead at the running back position with the departure of Le’Veon Bell.
Joel Heath – Some felt Heath was ready to breakout last season after what was seen during the spring of 2012. However, the Cincinnati, Ohio native appeared in five games earning his first letter but not much else. With the early departure of William Gholston, Heath will have a chance to have a big spring and increase his playing time and post some real stats behind his name in 2013.
Demetrious Cox – The Jeannette, Pennsylvania native entered Michigan State in last year’s camp and opened some eyes early. However, the Spartans coaching staff was smart and saved Cox giving him four full years to show what has many people excited about his future potential.
Kevin Muma – The senior from Troy, Michigan has been the Spartans kickoff specialist the past three years and will be given every chance to earn the placekicking job this spring with the graduation of Dan Conroy. Muma must proven this spring he’s capable of handling the job as highly rated kicker Michael Geiger looks capable of pushing for the position when he arrives on campus.
Lawrence Thomas – Since giving the Spartans his pledge fans have been waiting to see Thomas show the skills that earned him high rankings from the all the scouting services. Injury, weight gain, position change and players in front of Thomas have kept the Detroit, Michigan native from finding his fulltime position. Last season Thomas appeared in all 13 games including three starts at fullback but found his way back to the defense as the Spartans got ready for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Head shot photo credit Athletics Dept Michigan State University.