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

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Jan 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Monty Madaris (88) celebrates after Michigan State Spartans beat the Stanford Cardinal 24-20 at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

If you’ve been taking a look at any of Spartan Avenue‘s players to watch for the upcoming season slideshows, I have mentioned Monty Madaris a ton. There’s a reason for that.

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Madaris is a guy who I’m really excited for and he has the potential to be a great receiver for the Spartans this year. Like Reschke, Madaris has been waiting in the wings for three seasons now and, as a junior, he’s ready to show why he was so highly thought of out of high school.

The former four-star recruit from Cincinnati, Ohio, has the size, speed and hands necessary to create one of the Big Ten’s biggest breakout stars at wide out.

Learning behind guys like B.J. Cunningham, Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphery over the past three years since 2012, Madaris knows what it takes to be a successful collegiate wide receiver. Getting advice and feedback from those guys has done nothing but improve his game and he’s ready.

Also in the mix at wide receiver are senior DeAnthony Arnett, senior Macgarrett Kings Jr., senior Aaron Burbridge, junior R.J. Shelton, and freshmen Darrell Stewart and Felton Davis III. The competition will be stiff, but Madaris is cut out for it.

I expect a surprising 25-catch campaign with 400-plus yards. Don’t worry, that’s just the beginning. Next season will be a Lippett-type year for the Ohio-native.

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