Michigan State Football: 5 most underrated players

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Remember when the tight end position was an afterthought in the Spartan offense a couple of years ago? It was never really one in which there was no talent — see: Charlie Gantt, Brian Linethecum and Dion Sims — but it was often under-utilized and underappreciated.

Now, there’s Josiah Price. This tight end has the sneaky athletic ability and soft hands needed to make a splash from the glorified lineman position.

Nov 8, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans tight end Josiah Price (82) runs for yards after the catch during the 2nd half of a game against Ohio State at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, Price caught 26 passes for 374 yards and six touchdowns after catching four touchdown passes during his freshman year. His production is gradually increasing and with the emergence of redzone target Jamal Lyles on his heels, the junior tight end will need to once again ramp up his play.

Price enters the season on multiple award watch lists, including the top tight end and community service awards, and he is poised to make his mark on MSU.

It’s been a while since Michigan State had a tight end chosen in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft — go all the way back to Chris Baker in 2002 — but Price has the chance to do so. He’s got the talent and the work ethic, he just needs to put it all together.

Everyone’s worried about the Spartans relying on all new receivers while Price is over here licking his chops.

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