Spartan Wide Receiver Corps in Flux

"That's one of the things you're able to do at the skill positions, I really believe, is you can improve at the end of spring football through the summer as you head into preseason. Some positions maybe you can't always work your skill, but you can work your skill at wide receiver." – Offensive Coordinator Don Treadwell

EAST LANSING - T.J. Williams and Terry Love were expected to be Brian Hoyer's top two targets this season. With Williams temporarily suspended from the team for discipline problems, and Terry Love sorting out academic issues, Michigan State heads into preseason camp with more questions than they anticipated at a crucial skill position.

At media day, GSN caught up with Spartan offensive coordinator Don Treadwell and found out more about the evolving wide receiver corps.

What is the competition like and will the players respond to the challenge?

TREADWELL: "That group is probably the, on offense, one of the most wide-open things at this point. You lost about three starters from last year, and that's in a positive way because certainly all those guys are very hungry to try to prove what they can do. So they went through that mindset through the spring, and they've been challenged all summer in the conditioning to keep moving forward and to improve.

"That's one of the things you're able to do at the skill positions, I really believe, is you can improve at the end of spring football through the summer as you head into preseason. Some positions maybe you can't always work your skill, but you can work your skill at wide receiver, quarterback, DB. Especially as they're involved in the passing game.

"So, it's very wide open at this point. We've always asked our guys (to) make our jobs tougher as coaches so when coach Dantonio finally says 'hey, what's this final roster gonna be, who's traveling', you know, we'd like it to be a tough decision, not one, 'well, we only have this guy or that guy moving forward,' so I think right now, there's really no lead candidates. All of them are pushing hard. Now we add to the mix some of the freshman and we're going to see how they respond."

Devin Thomas made it to the media day. Could you talk about him?

TREADWELL: "The one thing with Devin, if you look at him physically he looks like a running back, so he has good size. If he has the ball in his hands, he's probably able to do some things like a running back, you know, break tackles, make people miss in the open field. And he provides a vertical threat. That's one thing he can do very well is run. He's a flanker right now, but the offense is flexible enough that we can put him where we need him as we get into the true game-plan."

What does the depth chart look like now?

TREADWELL: "To be honest it really is a rotation right now. And I told them even in our meetings, you know one day it might be these two or three guys working with the first group, the next day it might be the next three, etc., etc. Until someone makes a statement in their performance that (says), 'okay, here's why you need to keep me on the field' the majority of the time or all of the time, hopefully, if that becomes that. But right now it truly is an open session there at the wide receiver position."

This free story is just an example of the great content you'll receive everyday when you become a GSN insider. Why not sign up for a free 7-day trial right now?


Spartan Nation Top Stories