We continue to countdown the 52 Michigan State Spartans to watch during the 2016 college football season.

To remember one of the best Michigan State squads, Spartan Digest brings you Spartan 52 for 2016. Why “52”? To remember the 1952 team coached by Clarence Lester “Biggie” Munn that went 9-0 winning a National Championship by being voted No. 1 in both the AP and Coaches’ polls. Munn was also named the AFCA Coach of the Year. So to start our official countdown to the season we announce the 52 most important Spartans for 2016. No. 42 is linebacker T.J. Harrell.

#42 T.J. Harrell

Like others on this list Harrell is stuck behind a lot of talent at the linebacker spot.  Some forget how highly regarded the Florida native was coming out of high school and the talent is there, but he must start stepping forward.


Last season Harrell played in 10 games and posted two tackles.


Is the window closing on Harrell with the depth he’s facing at linebacker?  He’s in position to get the most reps he’s seen so far, but will have to battle to push ahead of others.  The athletic ability is there but he must now put it all together and show why he needs to be on the field.

The Michigan State Spartans are blessed with linebacker talent and Harrell must be considered part of that talent.

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