Preseason Depth Chart Notes

Riley Bullough listed as the starting running back draws the most attention from the new depth chart, but there is a lot to note.

With the Big Ten Media Days, a new season's fall depth chart is out – and there are some interesting things to note. The thing that jumps out first and foremost is the running back position – one Michigan State fans certainly are paying attention to currently.

Redshirt freshman Riley Bullough is listed as the No. 1 back, with Nick Hill as the backup, followed by Jeremy Langford and Nick Tompkins.

Bear in mind, this list doesn't feature any freshmen, so that position is likely to get moved around more with the trio of Delton Williams, Gerald Holmes and R.J. Shelton to the group. To no surprise, Andrew Maxwell is listed at the No. 1 QB spot entering the fall.

The offensive tackle spots feature some changes from spring ball, as players have returned from injury.

At left tackle, senior Dan France and sophomore Donovan Clark are listed as "OR." Clark spent time starting when France was out injured last season.

On the other side, Fou Fonoti is listed as the starter at right tackle, with Skyler Burkland as the backup. There has been some speculation if Burkland still will be with the team, or if he accepted a medical DQ. Time will tell.

The starting wide receivers are Aaron Burbridge, Bennie Fowler and Keith Mumphery. Of note is DeAnthony Arnett making moves and being listed as the primary backup to Mumphery at the Z spot.

On the defensive side, the most notable listing is Taiwan Jones and Jairus Jones listed as co-starters at the STAR linebacker spot. You have to expect Taiwan Jones is the starter, but it speaks to the work Jairus Jones has put in after moving to linebacker in the spring.

Defensive tackle is interesting, as Tyler Hoover and Micajah Reynolds are listed as starters. The rotation there is pretty deep, as Lawrence Thomas and James Kittredge will fight for plenty of playing time as the primary backups. Kittredge, however, is down to 252 pounds, whereas he was listed at 277 in the spring.

In the secondary, Trae Waynes is listed as the starting cornerback opposite Darqueze Dennard. Ezra Robinson is Waynes' backup. The secondary is deep – that much is clear. When it comes to special teams, Kevin Cronin seemed to emerge as the favorite at kicker in the spring and he is listed as the starter – ahead of senior Kevin Muma, who has served as the kickoff specialist through his career.

Freshman Michael Geiger will be in the fight to be the starting kicker come fall ball.

Again, freshman are not included on the current depth chart.

2013 Preseason Depth Chart

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