Michigan State Football: Way-too-early 2020 depth chart projection

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We are nearing the start of spring practices and Mel Tucker has some decisions to make regarding Michigan State football’s 2020 depth chart.

The Mel Tucker era has officially begun in East Lansing and the new head coach is looking to change the culture of the program that had been trending in the wrong direction for a few years.

That all starts in 2020 with a cupboard that isn’t exactly empty, but not quite as full as it could be for Big Ten contention. It may be a rough first season for Tucker and Co., but the excitement is back with Michigan State football regardless.

Speaking of that not-exactly-empty cupboard, what could the depth chart look like heading into spring practice?

Offensive Line

Starting tackles: Devontae Dobbs, AJ Arcuri
Backups: Nick Samac, James Ohonba

Chris Kapilovic is going to have a field day with Devontae Dobbs and he may even fall in love with the human mountain that is James Ohonba. The starters, though, should be Dobbs as well as AJ Arburi, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Nick Samac make a move over the latter.

Samac and Ohonba are more than capable backups and it’ll be interesting to see how well they adjust to the new scheme and coaching staff.

Starting guards: JD Duplain, Kevin Jarvis
Backups: Luke Campbell, Matt Carrick

This is more of a hunch than anything else when it comes to JD Duplain over Luke Campbell and Matt Carrick, but I could see any of those three guys getting the nod. However, I believe Duplain has the highest ceiling of the trio and Kevin Jarvis is a lock at the other guard spot.

Starting center: Matt Allen
Backup: Nick Samac or Jacob Isaia

Matt Allen comes from a talented family and is the youngest brother of two NFL linemen. He’ll use those great bloodlines to lead the offensive line in the middle. He has plenty of experience and more than enough talent to take over. If Allen can’t go or doesn’t take control like he should, don’t sleep on Jacob Isaia or Samac.