Central Michigan vs Michigan State: 5 players who need to step up

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Sep 27, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Wyoming Cowboys wide receiver Jake Maulhardt (83) is tackled by Michigan State Spartans cornerback Arjen Colquhoun (36) during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 56-14. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

3. Arjen Colquhoun

Sticking with the theme of new starters, Arjen Colquhoun needs to step his game up at the cornerback position. Arjen is coming in to replace Vayante Copeland, a redshirt freshman, who is out for the season with a broken vertebrae, and he has arguably been the best player in the Spartans’ secondary this season so far.

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Colquhoun, a fifth-year senior, has been waiting for this opportunity since he has stepped foot on campus in 2011. He has mainly been a special teams player but stood out during spring practice and came in to fall camp as the starter.

An injury and impressive play from Copeland relegated him to a backup role but now the injury to Copeland has put him front and center of Spartan Nation.

Coach Dantonio is looking and needs a corner to step up opposite Demetrious Cox. Michigan State will play several high flying offenses this season, Central Michigan being one of them, that will put the pressure on the secondary. Colquhoun needs to show on Saturday at Spartan Stadium that he’s up to the challenge.

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