2. Elijah Collins leads MSU in rushing
At the beginning of the season, I was ready to write Elijah Collins off. He had another quiet year in 2021 after being plagued by COVID-19 in 2020 and really not seeing the field at all.
Mel Tucker went out and landed Jalen Berger and Jarek Broussard in the transfer portal and it just felt like Collins was the odd man out. He was, at best, the third running back on the depth chart and his path to playing time was not a clear one.
But after a rough couple of weeks for Michigan State, Collins got his opportunity against Maryland. He led the team in rushing on just five carries and scored the Spartans’ first touchdown of the day on a nifty — and shifty — run, making two defenders miss on his way to the end zone.
Now I’m back being all-in on Collins much like I was after the 2019 season. He’s shown he still has that shiftiness and vision and he’s always running hard. He’s going to lead the Spartans in rushing on Saturday afternoon.
I’m going to predict 10 carries for 50 yards and a touchdown here.