MSU Top 28 Difference Makers 2015 Nos. 8-5

Michigan State fans are expecting a lot in 2015 as the Spartans look ready to compete at a high level and win a Big Ten Conference title and play in the College Football Playoff for a chance at a national championship. We begin with a look at players Nos. 8-5. (Pictured: Vayante Copeland)

Here are my Top 28 Michigan State Spartans by order of importance for the 2015 season. We continue with Nos. 8-5.

NO. 8

Riley Bullough – Mike Linebacker – Redshirt Junior

The move from Sam linebacker to Mike backer will not be an issue for Bullough as he’s shown the ability to make position moves over his career. The third-generation Spartan is ready to step totally into a role as one of the top defenders at MSU and come up big. A lot will be riding on his performance as he does have others on his heels.

NO. 7

Kodi Kieler – Right Offensive Tackle – Redshirt Junior

Kieler will play a vital role to the success of the Spartans offense in 2015. As seen last season, Kieler can handle a starting role and should be even better this fall now that he’s settled into being a fulltime player.

NO. 6

Jack Conklin – Left Offensive Tackle – Redshirt Junior

One of the greatest additions to the Spartans under Mark Dantonio is Conklin. The former walk-on to starter has proven to be one of the best offensive linemen in the Big Ten Conference posting 23 consecutive starts at left tackle. Like Kieler, Conklin must be solid from day one and provide the protection needed to keep Connor Cook healthy all season.

NO. 5

Darian Hicks / Vayante Copeland – Field Corner – Junior / Redshirt Freshman

After starting the first 10 games of last season, Hicks is being pushed for the field corner spot by the highly touted Copeland. Whoever wins the starting spot understands they could lose it just as fast. Add in the fact this spot will play a major role in one of the weaknesses last season and you can see why we’ve named the field corner position in the Top Five.


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