Michigan State Football: Next man up at every position

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Nov 22, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans safety Demetrious Cox (7) reacts to a play during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

I can remember watching Demetrious Cox’s high school highlight film for the first time a few years ago and thinking that he was going to be a superstar in the secondary for MSU. Four years later and here we are.

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It took this kid three-plus years on campus to finally earn a spot in the starting lineup, but Cox is ready to make his mark at cornerback, despite coming out of high school as the 11th-best safety in the 2012 class, according to 247Sports.

Cox moved over to corner this season and it seemed like he would be a strong contender to replace Waynes as he left for the NFL. Well, he’s done just that and he’s the next man up in the secondary for Michigan  State — a school known for producing elite-level defensive backs.

This ‘next man up’ slide for cornerback was a tough one to choose between as redshirt freshman Vayante Copeland was just named the No. 1 player at field corner. These two guys could create a dynamic duo who may just bring back the ‘No Fly Zone’ to East Lansing.

For Cox, this is his chance to finally show everyone that he was worthy of his elite ranking in the recruiting services out of high school. I’d be shocked if he didn’t do big things at cornerback this season for the Spartans.

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