Michigan State vs Purdue: 5 Spartans who need to step up

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Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans tight end Jamal Lyles (11) before the game against the Oregon Ducks at Spartan Stadium. Spartans beat the Ducks 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

5. Jamal Lyles, TE

After catching his school-record 14th career touchdown pass earlier in the game, tight end Josiah Price limped off the field late in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury following a Gerald Holmes touchdown run.

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It is unknown if Price will play against Purdue, or how much time he will miss, as Mark Dantonio doesn’t discuss injuries unless they are season ending. Chances are Price is just fine, but holding him out of the Michigan State vs Purdue game might be the smartest choice, long-term.

Next man up.

At 6-foot-3 and 263 pounds, Lyles is that man. A converted defensive end, Lyles has the size and athletic ability to create problems for a defense. His role has been limited so far in his career, with Price seeing the majority of passing targets. Lyles did haul in an impressive 26 yard reception against Central Michigan last week and has two receptions for 44 yards overall on the season.

Price has been a favorite red-zone target for Connor Cook the past few seasons. With Price out, Lyles has the opportunity to step into that role and make a big impact. Don’t be surprised to see a touchdown catch or two from the big, athletic target.

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