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.

#23 Evan Jones

Jones has waited his turn and gets one last chance to shine before he ends his Spartans career.  Has earned two letters so far playing mostly on special teams.


Played in 13 games with seven overall tackles.  Had a career-high three tackles against Air Force.


The Spartans really need Jones to step forward in his final season with the losses suffered at defensive end.  Was listed on the depth chart as one of the starting defensive ends but will have to fight to hold on to the spot in camp.  We have Jones this high on the countdown because if he steps forward the Spartans defensive line will be greatly better than expected off the edge.

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