Michigan State Football: Making the case for Javez Alexander as punt returner

Michigan State Spartans. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Michigan State Spartans. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Michigan State football has some questions to answer this offseason, such as who should be the primary punt returner in 2018?

There aren’t many electric incoming freshmen like Javez Alexander in Michigan State’s 2018 recruiting class. The early enrollee spent his time at the high school level in Sandusky, Ohio, as a quarterback. So why would he make an excellent punt returner for the Spartans?

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All you need to do is take one look at his highlight reel and he may remind you of a former Michigan State star who excelled as a returner after playing quarterback in high school.

That former Spartan? Keshawn Martin.

No, his highlight reel isn’t filled with kick and punt returns, but he shows off his incredible athleticism from the quarterback position.

Michigan State recruited his as a receiver, and his 6-2, 195-pound frame will be perfect for that position and he is a little like Darrell Stewart Jr. in the way he can turn nothing into something. He makes opponents miss with ease and has breakaway speed in open space.

Stewart Jr. has been talked about as a possible return man as well, but with a loaded receiving corps over the next year or two, Alexander’s best-suited role may be in the return game. Moreover, with the new freshman rule, he could play up to four games in 2018 and still redshirt.

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Michigan State should give Alexander a go at the return spot and finally put to rest a question mark which has been plaguing the Spartans for the past couple of seasons.