3. Simeon Barrow, DT
Minnesota’s bread and butter is running the ball on their terms with the elite senior tailback in Mohamed Ibrahim. With the status of Jacob Slade unknown, Simeon Barrow will have to anchor down the interior line for the Spartan defense.
Barrow will need to be aggressive at the point of attack and make sure he does whatever he can to slow Ibrahim down. Since it’s almost a given that the Michigan State secondary will get pieced up, stopping the run game and taking Ibrahim out of the equation will be huge. That all starts up front with Barrow causing havoc up the middle.
Limiting the damage on the ground will be big for Scottie Hazelton’s defense.
Also, a bonus would be providing some extra pass rush for Jacoby Windmon and Khris Bogle on the edges as that was non-existent against Washington.