Higgins likely out for year, others moving up

Sophomore offensive lineman suffers ACL injury in spring scrimmage, resulting in a couple moves. Others have been dinged up and others are on the rise.

One of the main goals in spring football is to keep everyone healthy, but Michigan State already has lost someone likely for the season.

Sophomore offensive lineman Zach Higgins suffered an ACL injury in Friday's scrimmage as he was planting and cutting, Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said.

Higgins was listed as the backup left guard on the depth chart behind senior Travis Jackson.

Dantonio said he is not concerned with the Spartans up front despite the injury to Higgins.

"We've got number," he said. "We should be alright so we will see."

He did say that senior James Bodanis will move inside to guard as a result of Higgins' injury. The transfer spent last year on the defensive line, but moved to offensive tackle during bowl practices.

"Bodanis is a guy that's got a lot of talent, he's just young on offensive line play," he said. "But he's got a lot of talent, he's a big, athletic guy, so it's gonna be interesting to watch him."

Sophomore Kodi Kieler also has continued to make strides at right tackle. Dantonio praised him for his progress, which has been a continual comment since bowl practices.

"I think that some guys that you don't really hear about all the time like Kodi Kieler," Dantonio said. "I thought he had a big scrimmage and was impressed with the physicality of our offensive line."

Kieler is backing up junior Donavon Clark, who Dantonio added could move inside.

Senior running back Nick Hill also has made some strides this spring and has taken advantage of opportunities with Delton Williams out with a shoulder injury.

"I think Nick Hill's had a good spring thus far," he said. "Delton Williams is out, he had a great fall camp and fall and Gerald Holmes has done some really nice things. He's big, physical."

Holmes and Williams both missed Friday's scrimmage with injuries.

Wide receiver A.J. Troup also has been limited this spring and likely won't participate this spring as he recovers from an ACL injury last year.

"Hopefully he will be back in the fall," Dantonio said.

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