Four Players Emerge On Offensive Line

Jared McGaha among a group of four who will receive extended playing time as Michigan State tries to nail down its starting right guard and right tackle positions. Head Coach Mark Dantonio talked about the positions in his news conference yesterday. Get Inside to find out what he had to say about the group of four.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State lost starters Roland Martin and Jesse Miller to graduation this June and the Spartans have worked hard to uncover two players who could fill the openings in the offensive line unit.

With the season opener on Saturday, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio announced that four players had emerged and would be in contention for the starting positions at right guard and right tackle.

"Jared McGaha and J'Michael Deane will both play; play a lot, I feel. At the right tackle position, you have Brendon Moss and probably D.J. Young will play a lot, and we will see who plays well out of those four guys," said Dantonio.

"You know, again that will be something that we figure out as we move through these early games, as well. But we need to be cohesive in what we are doing. They have the opportunity to have reps in that respect with the ones and twos there, but those players are starting to make their moves. What are they going to become? That's not always up to me. That's up to them. They will be held to task.

Dantonio also talked about the situation with Young, who has emerged this fall and with Rocco Cironi, the starter at left tackle who has been dinged up a bit.

"D.J. (Young) right now is not on scholarship. The intent is to put him on it at midseason. We had no attrition this year. And so at this point in time, as we sit right now, he is not (on scholarship). Again, adversity, get an opportunity to play, he's shown that he is a player here and he'll be rewarded for that at a later date," he said.

"As far as how Rocco has performed, he nursed the shoulder a little bit coming into camp. He has missed a couple of days doing that, he's back to full go and practicing, so I see no problems with Rocco."

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