Michigan State Football: Next man up at every position

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Oct 4, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Jeremy Langford (33) runs the ball against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

As stated earlier, Jeremy Langford is moving on to the NFL and the Spartans will need to revert back to the start of the 2013 season as a prime example of what to do in the case of a stellar running back leaving the program.

Related: Jeremy Langford earning prominent role with the Bears

Losing 2,900 yards and 40 touchdowns over two seasons will be tough for the Spartans, but this is one of the deepest positions on the entire team. Although Madre London was just named the starter by Mark Dantonio this week, guys like Delton Williams and Gerald Holmes still have a shot at some valuable playing time.

Another guy who could even contend for the starting job before the year is over is true freshman L.J. Scott. While you may be wondering why I didn’t pick London for this position and it’s because he’s been named the No. 1 back, so if he goes down, there will need to be a ‘next man up.’

Scott is that next man. The freshman running back has been compared to former great Le’Veon Bell and he looks the part, according to coaches and players.

Expect the highly-touted high school prospect to earn some field time this year and contend for the starting job over the next three seasons. He is a very rare talent who will be tough to keep off the field.

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