Young Spartans Stepping Forward

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio spoke about a couple of young Spartans stepping forward this spring.

Prior to practice on Tuesday, Mark Dantonio spoke about the developments of a couple of his young players on both sides of the ball.

There is no mistaking there will be young players on both sides of the ball get opportunities this spring to show what they can do.

Tuesday, Mark Dantonio spoke about a couple of them prior to Michigan State taking the field for the second day of full pads.

One position allowing young players to step forward is tight end with the departure of Dion Sims to the NFL Draft. Dantonio likes what he sees out of Evan Jones and Josiah Price, but also stressed their youth.

"They're true freshmen in their first spring," said Dantonio. "So they're going to have a learning curve a little bit. I think at the same time, both receive the ball very, very effectively, they're both big, they have tremendous upside, they have a lot of ‘want to', and their attitude is very good. But there's a learning curve. They're seeing some things for the first time out there."

On the defensive side of the ball, Dantonio spoke about three players.

"Trae Waynes will be a very, very good player for us," Dantonio said about the sophomore cornerback. "He's active, he can run, he has great ball skills, he can tackle, he's gotten bigger and bigger as he goes. I expect him to be a very good player for us.

"I think Damon Knox is a guy who's improving and he took some steps forward the other day. But again, consistency is the most important thing that we look for.

"Brandon Clemons was nicked up a little bit and didn't go the first day in pads. He'll be out there today (Tuesday). Clemons is really like a red-shirt freshman. He's been hurt the last two seasons. He's a guy that's 300-pounds now and moves pretty well."

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