Depth Chart News Out of Chicago

The other major revelation had to do with the receiving corps. The biggest omission on Dantonio's depth chart appears to be the speedy T.J. Williams. Although Williams was held out of the spring game for what coaches called internal disciplinary reasons, many expected him to bounce back. So far, according to Dantonio's early depth chart, the sophomore receiver is not getting the message.

On the first day of the Big Ten media blastoff in Chicago yesterday, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio revealed some interesting news about the current depth chart.

Perhaps the biggest surprise has been Eric Gordon's meteoric rise to the first string position at weakside linebacker.

While Gordon has excelled throughout the spring, SirDarean Adams had the inside edge entering the early workouts. As the bandit in former coach John L. Smith's defense, Adams had a clear edge in playing experience when compared to Gordon, who has yet to start a college game.

The other major revelation had to do with the receiving corps. The biggest omission on Dantonio's depth chart appears to be the speedy T.J. Williams. Although Williams was held out of the spring game for what coaches called internal disciplinary reasons, many expected him to bounce back. So far, according to Dantonio's early depth chart, the sophomore receiver is not getting the message.

For Williams, the discipline does not appear to be about academics, which is something he struggled with before enrolling at Michigan State. However, there does appear to be academic problems when it comes to a fellow wide receiver.

Senior Terry Love was listed as fourth on the depth chart for receivers. While he would not directly answer whether or not Love was having academic issues, Dantonio's refusal to comment was revealing. Along with an admission that there was, in fact, one player having struggles with schoolwork, Dantonio indicated that the senior wide receiver, and others who had surprising positions on the depth, were being sent a message.

OTHER NEWS: Left tackle Mike Gyetvai's shoulder is healing and the team expects him to return for the opening game.

Offensive lineman Tom Kaczmarek, who has had a series of knee surgeries, has decided to quit football.

Incoming freshman Chase Dumpford, who returned to Kentucky because he was homesick, is expected to rejoin the team in time to begin camp.

Finally, cornerback Mike Bell, who had been booted from the team for disciplinary reasons stemming from assault charges, has rejoined the team, although without a scholarship.


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