Michigan State Football: 3 bright spots after 1-3 start to 2020 season

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Nov 7, 2020; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Jordon Simmons (22) runs the ball against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the third quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

3. Youth movement

The youth movement has to be considered a bright spot because that’s the future right there. Just about everywhere you look, there are some underclassmen standing out.

In the trenches, you look at the offensive line and there are guys like Nick Samac and JD Duplain standing out. We’re still waiting to hear more about Devontae Dobbs or Spencer Brown, but the young guys are standing out in an otherwise disappointing position group. On the defensive line, Michael Fletcher has earned some minutes and looks solid — he even has a sack this year. Jalen Hunt and Dashaun Mallory are rising stars.

Elsewhere on offense, you have Payton Thorne looking like the QB1 option as a redshirt freshman, Jordon Simmons is standing out in the backfield as a true freshman and Ricky White is an intriguing option at receiver.

Defensively, Chase Kline looks like a budding star at linebacker. If Antjuan Simmons returns in 2021, those two are going to make for a devastating combo along with Noah Harvey. Chris Jackson, Kalon Gervin, Davion Williams, Michael Dowell, Darius Snow and Angelo Grose are looking like the future of the No Fly Zone.

This is a young team with some budding stars. Give them a year or two and you might be looking at a contender.

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