Michigan State Football: Dissecting the 2015 depth chart

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Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) celebrates a touchdown during the game against the Baylor Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State football is so close it almost hurts at this point. The 2015 Spartans are expected to be one of the best teams in the nation and quite possibly the most successful in the Mark Dantonio era.

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Big Ten Media Days are taking place as we speak in Chicago and the head coaches, as well as three captains, for each team are speaking about what to expect in the coming year.

Connor Cook, Jack Allen and Shilique Calhoun are representing the Spartans along with Dantonio and besides sporting awesome suits and gnarly bow ties, they have been talking about being underrated, playing with chips on their shoulders and winning titles.

No questions are off-limits for media days, but some may be frowned upon — especially if there are excessive Delton Williams, Gavin Cupp inquiries. Cook was asked yesterday if he thought he was the best quarterback in the Big Ten. His answer? Yes.

Calhoun is speaking about what makes the Spartans so dangerous and Allen is boosting the self-esteem of freshman running back L.J. Scott by saying he looks like Le’Veon Bell.

Related: Mark Dantonio, Jack Allen have high praise for L.J. Scott

All of this leads up to the team mantra, stated by Dantonio, which is “reach higher.”

Even though the success of the program since 2007 has been through the roof and exceeding expectations, the Spartans are always told to reach higher. Big Ten titles are nice, but national titles are the ultimate goal.

With that being said, the Michigan State football depth chart was also released yesterday and there aren’t too many surprises.

Let’s take an in-depth look at each position on the chart and who will make a run for playing time.

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