What is the biggest question for the Michigan State defense as they get spring practice going for the 2016 season?

Michigan State officially opened spring practice on Tuesday. Spartan Digest looks at the biggest question on defense facing Mark Dantonio and his defensive staff as they head into spring ball 2016.

By the time the Michigan State Spartans reached the third week of the 2015 season, fans worried every time an opponent's quarterback dropped back to throw a ball deep against the Spartans secondary.

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Injuries hurt the Spartans in the secondary with several players missing the staff expected to be on the field by the time they reached Big Ten play.  The biggest loss proved to be red-shirt freshman Vayante Copeland as the Dayton, Ohio native went down with an injury to his neck against Oregon missing the remainder of the season with some wondering if he’d be able to return in 2016.

Spartan fans got an answer to Copeland’s status as he was cleared for spring drills and took part in winter conditioning.

In fact, one source told Spartan Digest if Copeland can stay healthy, he’ll be the next high draft choice to come out of the Spartans secondary and could be better than the two previous standouts with his combination of speed, athletic ability and ball skills.

While Copeland’s health is the biggest question facing the Spartans defense, there is also some things to be watched overall in the secondary.

Spartan Digest will have more of a look at the Spartans secondary and other positions as we continue our spring coverage.


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