We continue our countdown of 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.

#30 Shane Jones

In many programs Jones would be a starter.  However, at Michigan State he just happens to be behind Riley Bullough.  Jones understands waiting your turn coming from one of the power high schools in the country Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller.  This has served him well since his arrival in East Lansing.


Jones posted 23 tackles in 13 games last season.  However, his real gift to the program was his play on special teams where he was second with nine tackles.  Jones understands he's there to take quality snaps when Bullough needs a play off.  He also knows he must make the most of each snap he gets.


Jones is a quality player who could start for several programs.  However, he fully understands he needs to be ready to take the field when called upon.  Last season was just the start of what should be two more years of quality play as he's a member of one of the best linebacker groups in the Big Ten.

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