We look deeper at each of the four Michgian State running backs battling for the starting job this preseason.
London may be looking the best carrying the ball, but there is much more to being a Spartan running back. If London is the starter against Western Michigan, it means the offensive coaching staff feels he's picked up all his blocking assignments. This is the biggest key to being the go-to back in the Spartans offense and the biggest question about London.
Holmes could be the guy on the outside looking in in a very short time if he can't push ahead of London this season. Holmes should be a step ahead of London with understanding what is needed to be a complete back in the Spartans offense. He's got the tools and ability but must put it all together.
Scott is the future star back at Michigan State and it will be just a matter of when Dantonio allows him to show it. He's got the physical size to be a back capable of getting yards after contact and be a workhorse back strong enough to go a whole game. However, it would be a waste if he's only going to get a handful of carries this fall. In a perfect world the Spartans would be able to redshirt Scott, however, you also run the risk of him having the talent to leave early if he develops the way many feel he can giving the Spartans only two seasons on the field.
Williams brings the experience the others lack and fully understands how to pick up the blocking scheme and protect Connor Cook when the opposition looks to blitz. While Spartan Digest is not worried about Williams starting a week later than the rest of the team, we do wonder when Mark Dantonio will let Williams take the field after missing the spring and most of the summer workouts. However, we feel before this season is over Williams will get his share of carries and will produce.