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

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Jul 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio speaks during 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

1. ‘Next man up’ mentality

Michigan State has adopted the perfect mentality of ‘next man up’ and it’s something that will get the Spartans through this trying time.

Plenty of young guys have the opportunity to show head coach Mark Dantonio that they are worthy of a look at the ‘money’ or ‘Sam’ linebacker position and if they have the same mindset as Montae Nicholson, they’ll praise Coach D for the shot and fight to not “squander” the opportunity.

Chris Frey will likely get the first shot at the ‘next man up’ mentality and he has been a guy who has been playing well on special teams over the past year and will likely get a rare chance to start in his second full season.

On a previous slide, I mentioned guys such as Reschke, Jones, Thompson, Harrington, Harrell, Martinez and Dowell who could all fill the void.

It will be interesting to see who steps up in Davis’ absence, but you can be sure that whoever Dantonio picks will be the best man for the job. The ninth-year head coach has a knack for finding the perfect man for every position and this is no different.

Adversity has begun early for Michigan State in 2015.

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