Michigan State football suffered through a rough 2016 season, but here’s why the Spartans will turn things around in 2017.
The 2016 season was one of the most forgettable in Michigan State football history. The Spartans couldn’t avoid negative storylines and rode a 3-9 record into the offseason. Even in the offseason, things haven’t been going Michigan State’s way with sexual assault cases and departures from the program.
However, if there has been one constant to the program, it’s Mark Dantonio. The head coach has kept a steady head through all the adversity and people calling for his job (shockingly). He has vowed to bring the program back out of the dark and into the spotlight as one of the conference’s best.
Should we believe him? Of course we should because he’s never led fans to believe otherwise. He has compiled five 11-win seasons in seven years and there’s talent in place to record yet another solid season.
Here’s why Michigan State football will turn things around, starting in 2017.
5. Stronger offensive line
Let’s face it, last year’s offensive line was hit-or-miss, but mostly miss. The group of starters was changing throughout the season and it wasn’t until guys like Thiyo Lukusa, Cole Chewins and Tyler Higby joined the mix that the unit starter to gel and play better.
Unfortunately, Lukusa has decided to step away from football, but Higby and Chewins remain. Add them to a group with Brian Allen and Luke Campbell and you have four-fifths of a solid line. However, that last spot seems to be open right now, but David Beedle was in that guard position during the spring game. Will Kevin Jarvis come in and swipe it from him?
Say what you want about the uncertainty up front, but the offensive line could very well return to being a strength this season like it was a couple of years ago. Not only will the group likely remain constant, but they will have all offseason to gel and most are underclassmen which means they’ll be multi-year starters.