Michigan State Football: 5 players to watch during spring game

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Sep 20, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive back Montae Nicholson (9) picks up a loose ball during the second quarter against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

1. Montae Nicholson, S, Sophomore

Michigan State is lucky enough to have a guy like Montae Nicholson on the roster. The sophomore safety is easily one of the biggest young studs in the Big Ten this season and everyone is taking notice. In fact, I predicted he would be Michigan State’s next big defensive secondary star, following the likes of Kurtis Drummond, Isaiah Lewis, Darqueze Dennard and Trae Waynes.

The Spartans are eying Nicholson as a guy who can replace Drummond in the deep secondary and take over the defense as the superstar that he has the potential to be.

In fact, Coach D had some high praise for the sophomore safety after the team’s first scrimmage on April 10.

"“Montae Nicholson had a big day with the two picks for touchdowns. Montae really made two outstanding plays and had impressive runs after the catch. He’s a special player.”"

Nicholson is a star in the making and he’s had a more-than-impressive spring showing this season, accounting for the most impressive numbers of any defensive player. Scrimmage No. 1 saw Nicholson grab two interceptions and run both back for touchdowns while recording three tackles. In the second intersquad contest, Nicholson led the defense with 10 tackles and looked like a true leader.

Don’t expect him to get 10 tackles every time out as a safety, or let’s hope he doesn’t have to, but he’s a guy who can cover the deep-thirds with ease and bring help over the top with ease. He will be a future star, mark my words.

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