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.

#24 Andrew Dowell

Another of the top young Spartans fans are excited about.  Only a sophomore, Dowell should continue to see his reps grow in 2016.  Was listed as the spring depth chart as the starter at the STAR backer spot but could see some shifting among the linebackers that places him as a back-up.


True freshman that played in 13 games, primarily on special teams.  However, he still posted 22 tackles leading the Spartans with 10 kickoff tackles.


Dowell has all the tools to become a special player in the coming years.  Will it all come together this fall?  We'll have to wait and see how the depth chart looks following camp as he looks to grab the starting STAR backer spot.

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