2. Offensive line depth
Last season, the offensive line was up and down. It had its moments of really playing well and a majority of the time, it was average, at best.
The depth might be an issue this season, especially after the spring game couldn’t be played as a scrimmage because there weren’t enough healthy bodies along the offensive line. Will Michigan State have enough bodies to really put together a solid two-deep on the line? The jury’s still out on that one.
Jarrett Horst does return after missing the final part of the regular season for personal reasons and contemplating just moving on, JD Duplain is also back, Nick Samac and Matt Carrick both return to the interior with starting experience, and the right tackle spot will likely be Spencer Brown’s to begin the season after he played well in the Peach Bowl.
Brian Greene comes in from Washington State to potentially start on the interior and Geno VanDeMark will be in his second year and he may have the highest ceiling of the group. Brandon Baldwin, Dallas Fincher, and Ethan Boyd are all back to supply depth.
But will that be enough to improve from last year’s group which was considered a weakness for a good chunk of the season?