MSU’S LIKELY STARTERS

The Detroit News - - College Football - BY MATT CHARBONEAU | The Detroit News

East Lans­ing ichi­gan State re­turns 19 of its 22 starters from last year’s team, but that doesn’t guar­an­tee there won’t be some shuf­fling of the depth chart. With spring prac­tice com­plete and the play­ers not due to re­port again un­til Au­gust, it’s worth tak­ing a look at how the start­ing lineup could likely come to­gether for the Spar­tans ahead of the sea­son opener Aug. 31 against Utah State.

Here’s how we project the starters to shake out with a look at who else might be con­tribut­ing.

MDe­fen­sive end

MIKE line­backer

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Se­nior run­ning back LJ Scott will carry the rush­ing load, with help from Con­nor Hey­ward, We­ston Bridges and in­com­ing fresh­men Eli­jah Collins and La’Dar­ius Jef­fer­son.

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Ju­nior Justin Layne, left, who earned hon­or­able men­tion All-Big Ten hon­ors in 2017, looks to start at cor­ner­back.

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