Michigan State Football: Next man up at every position

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Sep 14, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans long snapper Taybor Pepper (52) and defensive end Jamal Lyles (11) and offensive tackle Shawn Kamm (69) celebrate a win after a game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Youngstown State Penguins at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Josiah Price is easily one of the top tight ends in the Big Ten, if not the entire country. The junior is one watch list for tight end awards and he may end up leading the way by the end of the season, but his backup, Jamal Lyles, could push him to be even better.

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Lyles, also a junior tight end, has been quiet in the Spartans’ offense during his time on campus, but it has been widely noted that the potential to be a star is there. Lyles is big and athletic, something Coach D loves in his tight ends.

In 2014, he caught just five passes for 74 yards, but he earned the praise of his quarterback, Connor Cook, who had called him a solid redzone target.

With 10 career receptions for a total of 132 yards, the former four-star high school linebacker is still looking for his first touchdown. Standing 6-foot-3, weighing 260 pounds and running routes like a wide receiver.

If he develops at the same pace he has been at this position, he could become something unstoppable at the collegiate level.

Lyles is definitely the next man up here.

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