Hicks out with broken arm

Michigan State senior linebacker to miss time with injury suffered against Nebraska

Michigan State moved Jairus Jones from safety to linebacker a season ago and he was playing well before going down with a knee injury against Notre Dame.

A similar story unfolded this season, as the Spartans moved senior Mylan Hicks from safety to linebacker and now he will miss time with an injury, coach Mark Dantonio said Thursday.

”Mylan has a broken arm, so he's out for probably five weeks and it's unfortunate,” Dantonio said. “He's a senior, he's playing well for us, and he'll continue to be a guy there that will bring a lot of emotion to our football game.”

As a result, Michigan State has moved redshirt freshman Jalyn Powell to outside linebacker.

”He's been a very active safety and have not gotten him on the field,” Dantonio said. “About 210 pounds, so he's a little bit bigger than Mylan.

”He gives that you defensive back mentality and movement so he'll fill in there.”

It also means true freshman linebacker Chris Frey will move up the depth chart.

Hicks was seeing snaps as the STAR linebacker in the Spartans’ nickel sets. Dantonio said Demetrious Cox and R.J. Williamson also can play that spot.

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