Taking Stock: Offense

But the player fans are most excited to see is incoming recruit Fred Smith from Southeastern HS in Detroit. The 6-2, 206-pound four-star wide receiver verbaled to MSU in August, spurning fellow suitor UM after the Wolverines intensified their recruiting. Smith should compliment Thomas and compete with Curry and Dell for playing time, giving the Spartans two, maybe more, legitimate deep threats.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State football will lose some important contributors next season, but the cupboard certainly isn't bare.

On the bright side, the offense retains most of its important skill position players. Quarterback Brian Hoyer, leading running back Javon Ringer and breakout star Devin Thomas all return. This three-headed monster helped the Spartans score over 40 points four times and over 30 points in eight of 12 games.

Also returning is the right side of a line that nearly produced two 1,000-yard running backs. Jesse Miller, a 312-pound tackle, and 328-pound guard Roland Martin will provide important bulk in the trenches next season.

The offense will need to plug holes on the line, though, as four players with starting experience depart. The left side takes the biggest hit with tackle Peter Clifford and guards Kenny Shane and Mike Gyetvai graduating. John Masters' graduation, a center who split duties with Joel Nitchman, will leave the line with less depth than it enjoyed this season.

Also graduating are two tight ends with starting experience. Losing talented Kellen Davis to the NFL will leave a hole in the passing game. And the graduation of Eric Andino, used primarily as a blocking end in power formations, will add to the loss of talent on the line when it comes to the running game.

Jehuu Caulcrick, a rock-solid, 255-pound goal line back, will be, aside from Davis, one of the few skill position players dearly missed. He led the team with 126 points on 21 touchdowns. Backup WR/punt returner Terry Love also graduates.

The wide receiver position could have breakout players again next season, though. Mark Dell, who started as a freshman most of this season, should increase his production. Deon Curry could also see playing time increase.

But the player fans are most excited to see is incoming recruit Fred Smith from Southeastern HS in Detroit. The 6-2, 206-pound four-star wide receiver verbaled to Michigan State in August, spurning fellow suitor Michigan after the Wolverines intensified their recruiting. Smith should compliment Thomas and compete with Curry and Dell for playing time, giving the Spartans two, maybe more, legitimate deep threats.

Another instant-impact player could be tight end Tyler Hoover from Novi, Mich. The three-star verbal, who stands between 6-7 and 6-8, weighs 245 pounds and runs a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash. He should compete with seldom-used tight ends Garrett Celek (Fr.) and Charlie Gantt (R-Fr.)

Stay tuned to GSN for an early look at next season's defense coming soon

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