Indispensable Spartan #7

Spartan Digest is back with our annual look at the most important Spartans for the upcoming season. Each year we come up with a different theme and this year we'll look at the 30 most indispensable Spartans in 2013.

Michigan State saw George Perles take the field as head coach 30-years ago. Spartan Digest recognizes Perles with this seasons 30 Most Indispensable Spartans with a look at those members of the football team we feel will have major roles if the Spartans are to have success on the field.

Here is #7

Travis Jackson

HT: 6-3 WT: 283

Position: Center

Experience: Two-time letter winner

2012 Season: Was cemented as the Spartans starting center until leaving the Ohio State game with a knee injury and broken leg.

Strengths: One of the best centers in the country when healthy, Jackson does a great job of making the line calls and getting in position to help protect the center of the line. One of the best technique offensive linemen on the Spartans roster.

Weaknesses: Jackson may not have the physical size most programs look for at the center position at only 283-pounds and must show he can stay healthy.

Overall: The Spartans missed Jackson when he left the Ohio State game and for good reasons. He's one of the best technically sound linemen in the program who has great feet and understands leverage. Jackson has a high football IQ that helps him be another quarterback on the field in making line calls. This should be his best season as a Spartan to date.


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