Michigan State Football: 5 position battles to watch this spring

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Oct 24, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back LJ Scott (3) runs the ball against the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

4. Running Back

Michigan State didn’t bring in a running back with the 2016 class as three-star shifty back Abdul Adams decommitted in November and decided to pledge to Oklahoma shortly after.

That doesn’t mean that the 2016 version of the Spartans is any less talented in the backfield. In fact, Michigan State returns every running back contributor from the 2015 team and if all goes as planned, all will return once again for the 2017 campaign.

Starting off with the favorite to land the starting job, LJ Scott was one of the top freshmen in the nation in 2015. The former four-star running back from Hubbard High in Ohio was fantastic when given the chance to prove himself. He led the team with 699 yards and 11 touchdowns on 4.8 yards per carry.

Although it’s almost guaranteed that he begins the season as the starter since he’s the most talented of the trio, you can’t sleep on sophomore Madre London (who began the 2015 season as the No. 1 back) and junior Gerald Holmes.

London is a sleeper, in my opinion, to take over the starting job once again. He was oft-injured in 2015, but when he’s healthy, he can make some noise. He finished with 500 yards and three touchdowns in limited action last year.

Holmes is quick-footed and vastly underrated. He began the 2015 season as the No. 3 back and showed flashes of excellence, rushing for 540 yards and eight touchdowns on 4.9 yards per touch.

Also in the mix: Delton Williams, Drake Martinez

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