The 2023 season is almost upon us and Michigan State football fans are experiencing the point in the offseason when the excitement about the sport’s return boosts the expectations. It just happens.
We all experience a “college football is back” high that usually causes us to be a little more optimistic about our favorite teams than we had been in the early stages of the offseason.
But before we can all be truly optimistic about MSU football, some position groups need to be locked up and spoken for.
Which three positions are up for grabs this fall?
I’m having a hard time deciding who would be the best options at cornerback to start for Michigan State this season. There are more options this year than in recent memory which can’t be a bad thing. There’s legit depth there, but the inexperience might be an issue.
Mel Tucker brought in Terry Roberts from Iowa and Semar Melvin from Wisconsin who could compete for snaps. Charles Brantley returns along with guys like Chester Kimbrough who has experience at nickel and corner, Marqui Lowery, and Justin White. And then there are some younger guys like Caleb Coley and Chance Rucker who could crack the rotation.
There aren’t a shortage of options for Harlon Barnett to work with at cornerback.
Who will be the starters, though? The positions are both up for grabs, it seems, and while I think Brantley has an advantage over the others with his experience in the system, I like guys like Roberts, Lowery, and Coley.