Spring Wrap: Offensive Line

Spartan Digest takes one final look at the spring of 2013 and who stood out, a step behind and those who will fill out the depth chart when the season opens. We continue our series looking at the Spartans offensive line.

Let's be honest, you really can't take too much away from the Green & White game as to how Michigan State's offensive line will play in the 2013 season. Split to make up two squads and fighting injuries will have this position group looking different than what lined up in the spring.

MOVING AROUND

From the start of the spring Spartan fans knew there was going to be some movement as Fou Fonoti was listed at left tackles and Dan France at right guard on the depth chart. Because of injuries we found Fonoti back at right tackle and Donavon Clark stepping up at left tackle. While this unit should be back 100 percent healthy come the opening of camp, several young players gained valuable experience that should help them compete for more playing time.

INJURIES CONTINUE

The ugly part about the game of football is injuries and Michigan State has seen its share over the years. Offensive line has be hard hit the past few years with players seeing their college careers ending early or those who did return missed valuable time during development or during the season. For the Spartans to have success the offensive line must be put together early in camp and gel if they are to compete in the Big Ten.

WHO WE SEE GOING FORWARD

The only real spot we feel can be penciled in is at center with Travis Jackson returning from the injury he suffered against Ohio State last season. We also see Fonoti in the lineup but are not ready to ink his name down at a position as he could play any of the four remaining positions.

Skyler Burkland has the talent if he can remain healthy and go through an entire camp getting the early reps to help him be more prepared for the season. We also like what Jack Allen brings to the table and see him battling with Dan France and Blake Treadwell for a guard spot. One player who really showed well during the spring was Donavon Clark who stepped in during the Michigan game last season and played well. Spartan Digest was told Clark would have left the spring as the Spartans starting left tackle on merit if the season were to start.

We also heard good reports on Kodi Kieler and Jack Conklin, two of the Spartans younger offensive linemen.

MUST BE SOLID EARLY

Everyone and their brother knows the Spartans will be without a proven back and that will place more pressure on the offensive line early in the season as we expect to see a little bit of a different offensive attack. If the unit has questions going into week one then it could be a rough start for the Spartans offense and a season much like last year when several games came down to the lack of the Spartans having enough offense to win games the defense put them in position to win.


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