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 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

Everyone, and I mean everyone, is talking about the budding star that is Montae Nicholson. He has played in every game during his young career so far and the sophomore is an absolute stud on the football field.

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Michigan State’s secondary, as we all know, is known as the ‘No Fly Zone’ — even if it is self-proclaimed — and last year it had a tough time living up to that billing. Guys like Kurtis Drummond and Darian Hicks really struggled to stay consistent and that ended up being the only weakness on the defensive side of the ball.

This year, the Spartans have a new set of starters in the secondary and that could mean it’s the start of a new era. Although they would still like to be known as the ‘No Fly Zone,’ these guys will live up to the nickname.

Nicholson has been regarded as the ‘next man up’ by basically anyone and everyone who has seen him play. He can play both sides of the ball — and play them well.

The secondary is going to be a force to be reckoned with as he will be one of the best young players in the Big Ten at the safety position while Demetrious Cox will break out at corner.

Plenty of future superstars in this defensive backfield.

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