Michigan State Football: Dissecting the 2015 depth chart

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Aug 29, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Gerald Holmes (24) runs the ball against Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the second half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 45-7. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Running Backs

Yet to be added to the depth chart is true freshman back L.J. Scott who will earn his way up the list, but for now the job is an “OR” between Madre London and Gerald Holmes, two second-year players looking for a real shot to make a splash.

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A bit surprising is the omission of recently-reinstated Delton Williams who has been dubbed a non-scholarship player by Dantonio. He will also earn his way back up the depth chart and I wouldn’t be all too surprised if he was the starting running back at some point this year.

Oct 26, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Delton Williams (22) runs the ball during the second half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Michigan State won 42-3. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Williams, a junior, was arrested in the offseason for flashing a gun during a road rage incident and just found his way back to the roster on Monday.

London, a redshirt freshman, is many people’s choice to win the job, but as of right now, it will be split carries with Holmes until a clear starter can be announced. In my opinion, I think London will win the job and finish with around 1,000 yards this year while Scott finishes with 800 and Delton has 600.

It will be a big year for the run game as four guys are trying to make an impression.

Third-string running back Nick Tompkins isn’t talked about at all in the race, but expect him to get some garbage-time carries this year. He’s not exactly an elite back, but he’s also not a pushover, either.

Trevon Pendleton, unsurprisingly, is the starting fullback with redshirt freshman Collin Lucas as his backup.

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