5 Spring Positions to Watch: Right Tackle

Three offensive linemen graduated, but one spot is a little more up in the air than others. Looking at the options to take over for Fou Fonoti as the Spartans shuffle the offensive line around a bit this spring.

The Spartans lost three starting offensive linemen from last season, but will return some decent experience after playing eight linemen throughout the 2013 season.

The interior should be okay, with a mix of Jack Allen, Travis Jackson, Connor Kruse, Benny McGowan and Zach Higgins and the first three have a lot of snaps in their careers.

The tackles are a bit more in flux, but sophomore Jack Conklin was the best left tackle last season, leaving the right one left vacated by Fou Fonoti and up for grabs.

Assuming Conklin maintains a hold on the left spot, which he split with Donavon Clark at points last season, it makes sense that Clark would slide to the right side. At 6-foot-3 and around 300 pounds, Clark is built like a guard but has the athleticism to play tackle – but hasn't ben able to handle the left tackle spot with the same success as Conklin.

Clark could be a nice complement to Conklin if he moves over to the right side this spring – which the initial depth chart indicates he will.

The other player to watch is sophomore Kodi Kieler. Kieler seems to have come on strong in his scout team experience and could be a player this season for Michigan State and compete for some snaps. To have Kieler push Clark at the right tackle spot would be an ideal situation for the Spartans.

Also in the mix is former defensive tackle James Bodanis, who moved over to the offensive line during bowl practices. He has one year of eligibility left, so it would be interesting to see if he emerges at the position. The size is there, but the experience certainly is not for Bodanis.

Redshirt freshman Dennis Finley could probably fit in at either tackle spot, but assuming Conklin has a lock on the left tackle spot, he could get some work at right this year. He is listed as the No. 2 left tackle entering the spring.

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