As Spartan Digest begins getting ready for the 2015 edition of the Michigan State Spartans football team, we look at five Spartans we feel will have big seasons helping the Spartans reach their goal of playing in the college football playoffs.
No. 1: Montae Nicholson
The star of the spring looks ready to become the next big-time member of the Spartans defensive secondary. Last season Nicholson was one of the Spartans best special team players where he led the team with 10 tackles. Now the focus is on him bringing it on defense every down at strong safety.
No. 2: Joel Heath
Sources within the program feel Heath is ready for a season that could launch him into talk as a top NFL Draft selection. Last season saw the Cincinnati, Ohio native post career highs in tackles (29), tackles for loss (5) and sacks (2.5). Heath should see an increase in all three in his final season at MSU.
No. 3: R.J. Shelton
The multi-dimensional skill set Shelton brings to the Spartans will be seen even more this fall. We expect the Beaver Dam, Wisconsin native to have his best season wearing the Green and White with more touches running the back, receiver and special teams.
No. 4: Josiah Price
Price has become a solid part of the Spartans offensive attack and a key receiver for Connor Cook. However, many feel Price is just scratching the surface of his talents and with a handful of new receivers Cook could find Price to be his go-to guy throughout the season making him a player with the possibility to raise his production.
No. 5: Riley Bullough
Lets be honest on this. How much did moving Bullough back and forth from defense to offense and back hurt his early development? The talent is there for a bigger season than 29 tackles. If not a healthy Jon Reschke is lurking in the wings wanting his chance.