Michigan State Football: 5 most intriguing freshmen

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Sep 20, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans linebacker Darien Harris (45) celebrates after a turnover during the second quarter against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Coming out of high school as a three-star running back, former Kentucky commit Andrew Dowell, along with twin brother David Dowell, decided to embark on a journey that would lead them to East Lansing to play for their dream school.

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David is currently competing in the secondary with a wealth of talent while Andrew was playing for a look at the ‘Star’ linebacker position behind senior Darien Harris and redshirt freshman T.J. Harrell.

However, a season-ending injury to senior MONEY linebacker Ed Davis could spell the start of something unthinkable for the true freshman. Andrew has earned some high praise from coaches and fellow players thus far in fall ball and he’s cementing a future starting spot in the middle of the defense.

Head coach Mark Dantonio even mentioned Dowell as a possible replacement for Davis, noting that he has played well enough to get a shot.

It’s unlikely Dantonio goes with Dowell to start the season, but don’t put it past the veteran head coach to have him in the regular rotation with guys like Chris Frey, Drake Martinez, Shane Jones, Jon Reschke and Tyriq Thompson.

Andrew Dowell could be the future at linebacker for this defense and expect him to get some looks early in the season.

Another perfect example of a player switching positions to help the team.

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