Indispensable Spartan No. 13

SpartanDigest takes a look at the most indispensable players for Michigan State this season. At No. 13 is the Spartans speedy playmaking No. 12.

R.J. Shelton

The Details

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 204 pounds

Position: Wide receiver

2013 season

Shelton was one of four true freshmen to play last season at Michigan State and made a good showing. He moved from running back to wide receiver early in preseason camp and got on the field. He ran for 153 yards on 21 carries as well as having six yards on four catches. He had two rushing touchdowns, including a 34-yard run against Indiana.


Shelton made a splash last year early and was brought in to give a spark to an offense that was stagnant. He eventually took over as a kick returner as well and should continue to do so. He brought electric speed and playmaking ability, but was not a complete receiver fast enough to be a force downfield. Heading in 2014, Shelton expects to have a bigger role in the passing game. That is very good news for the Spartans because every time Shelton gets the ball in his hands, it feels like something big could happen. Combine his same role and getting the ball in creative ways in the backfield, on jet sweeps and so on, Shelton should be a valuable part of the Michigan State offense this year.

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