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.

#26 Khari Willis

Willis is pushing to get on the field and has fans excited about his potential.  Entered the spring behind Montae Nicholson at boundary safety.

2015

True freshman that played in nine games, including three starts at safety.  Broke his foot prior to Big Ten Championship Game.

WHY HE MADE THE COUNTDOWN

One of the young players on the rise after showing extremely well as a true freshman.  Nicholson saw his struggles last season and this year with questions at wide receiver, some feel Nicholson could still see a move over to the offensive side of the ball if needed.  But if Nicholson struggles again this fall, Willis has shown the ability to step in during big games as his starts came against Michigan, Indiana and Nebraska with him also getting several reps against Ohio State.


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