Michigan State Football: Top 5 young players who are future stars

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Sep 20, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Damion Terry (6) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like summer has lasted forever at this point if you’re a Michigan State football fan as the Spartans had an incredible come-from-behind Cotton Bowl win against Baylor over six months ago.

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Since that incredible victory, Spartan faithful have been itching for more and in just over a month, that will all come to fruition.

This team has the talent and potential to be one of the best in MSU history and the best in the Mark Dantonio era. It’s safe to say the expectations have never been this high for a Michigan State football team and it has to do with the rising stars on the team who have come out of nowhere in the past couple of seasons to give this team a serious boost.

Guys like Connor Cook, Shilique Calhoun, Ed Davis, Josiah Price, Jack Allen and Jack Conklin have all gone from relatively lesser-known players to first-team All-Big Ten-type players and stars for one of the top five teams in the country.

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Dantonio has made elite 10-plus win teams out of two and three-star recruits and that’s the type of coach he is — he develops plays like one of the best in the business.

With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the young players on the current veteran-loaded team who have the potential to be the ‘next man up’ and a future star.

There were plenty of options to choose from, but I picked the top five players — and an honorable mention.

Next: Honorable Mention: Felton Davis III, WR