Michigan State vs. Western Michigan: 5 bold predictions

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Aug 29, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans tight end Josiah Price (82) runs for yards after a catch against Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

2. Josiah Price will lead the receiving corps in TDs, receptions and yards

Connor Cook has stated numerous times that he needed to get the tight ends more involved this year. As he is still getting acclimated with his new receiving corps, Cook will go to Price early to get into rhythm as well as be his favorite redzone target.

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I foresee Price coming in with nine catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Price absolutely has NFL talent and he will be able to take advantage of slower linebackers and smaller safeties trying to cover him; Cook will see these mismatches and utilize his weapon.

While the ball will be spread around between Aaron Burbridge, R.J. Shelton and Macgarrett Kings, who will all make a play or two, it will be Price who truly stands out.

Cook will have plenty of time to go through his progressions, and with no Tony Lippett as his favorite target, he will find Price throughout the night as being his smartest read and the big tight end will not disappoint.

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