Michigan State Football: 5 players who will be major surprises in 2015

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Oct 4, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Jeremy Langford (33) is tripped up by Nebraska Cornhuskers cornerback Josh Mitchell (5) during the 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Madre London earning the starting role wouldn’t surprise too many people, but what he will do with the prominent playing time will.

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Everyone knows that the loss of Jeremy Langford’s 2,900 yards and 40 touchdowns over the past two years will hurt, but Michigan State has a cornucopia of talent at the position in which he left vacant.

Although standout freshman L.J. Scott, reinstated junior Delton Williams and underrated sophomore Gerald Holmes will all give the redshirt freshman a run for his money, London will win the job early on and prove he deserves it with multiple 100-yard performances in the 2015 season.

Langford was a 100-yard game master over the past two years, rushing over the century mark in terms of yardage nearly 20 times, but with four capable running backs, each one will push the other to be that much better.

London will need the push and he’s already acting like his job is on the line every day, according to MLive’s Mike Griffith.

"“I’m more focused, more confident, and I don’t have to worry about redshirting this year. Right now, everything is on the line.”"

That’s the exact attitude you want from a starting running back. Don’t expect London to become complacent this season or ever be satisfied with an average performance.

This kid is going to shock the world, or just college football, in 2015.

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