3 reasons Michigan State isn’t doomed following Ed Davis’ injury

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Oct 25, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans linebacker Ed Davis (43) looks over the Michigan Wolverines offense during the 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

2. It happened early

You never want to see an injury such as this one, especially if it could be the last time the player will ever wear a certain uniform, but luckily for the Spartans, it happened so early in fall ball that there’s time to adequately fill his position.

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Never would you ever want to wish an injury upon one of your own, and rarely would you use the world lucky to even slightly describe a season-ending loss, but this is one exception as the Spartans get to spend the rest of fall camp looking for a replacement — although there are big shoes to fill.

Imagine this happening in the middle of the Big Ten season. Ed Davis goes down after making a big tackle in the fourth quarter against Ohio State to force fourth down. Unproven sophomore linebacker Chris Frey has to come in to fill the void. Do you feel comfortable about it? Of course not.

Now, Frey, or whoever else is chosen to start at the position, will have started a handful of games before that moment and he will be considered one of the veterans by the middle of the year.

The Spartans are going to work each starting candidate as hard as the next until they find a guy who will help fill the hole and get him plenty of reps before the season opener. You can bet that whoever is chosen will fit right in.

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