Air Force vs Michigan State: 5 Spartans who will be X-factors

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Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans tight end Josiah Price (82) attempts to catch a pass against Oregon Ducks safety Tyree Robinson (3) during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

3. Josiah Price, TE

As one of the best tight ends in college football, Josiah Price came into the 2015 with plenty of expectations from others, and some of his own as well. I’m sure he’s made it his mission to be the top tight end in the Big Ten, but he’s going to need to step his game up a few notches for that to happen.

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No, he’s not playing poorly, by any means, but his blocking ability may be a reason why he’s listed as an “OR” on the depth chart every week with fellow junior Jamal Lyles.

I’ll hand it to Lyles, he has worked his butt off and is an extraordinarily talented backup tight end, but Price is an All-Big Ten type of player and many expected this to be his breakout year. Star tight ends don’t share the starting job with their backups.

So far this season, Price has five catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns, putting him on a pace to shatter his previous career highs. He’s set to catch 30 passes for 432 yards and 12 touchdowns — if he keeps on the same exact pace.

Price is going to need another solid game in this one in order for the Spartans to have success and you can bet he will be a main option for Connor Cook all day long.

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