Michigan State football: 3 starting jobs up for grabs in 2023 fall camp

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 10: Noah Kim #14 and Tre Mosley #17 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate a touchdown against the Akron Zips during the third quarter at Spartan Stadium on September 10, 2022 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 10: Noah Kim #14 and Tre Mosley #17 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate a touchdown against the Akron Zips during the third quarter at Spartan Stadium on September 10, 2022 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /
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Michigan State’s Jalen Berger runs for a gain against Indiana during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.221119 Msu Indiana 104a
Michigan State’s Jalen Berger runs for a gain against Indiana during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.221119 Msu Indiana 104a /

2. Running back

This one is flying under the radar a little bit because of the quarterback battle and some important battles on the other side of the ball.

The Spartans brought in Nathan Carter to complement Jalen Berger as well as Jaren Mangham to be a solid third option in the backfield. The coaching staff has already been praising the running back room, saying it’s as competitive as it’s been since Mel Tucker has been there.

Berger finished the 2022 season strong, recording 299 yards over the final four games, averaging 5.1 yards per carry with a touchdown during that span. If he can build off of that in 2023, he could be the ideal RB1 that the staff is looking for. But the additions of Mangham and Carter have put his starting job in question.

It’s now up for grabs.

That means that Carter and Mangham have a legit shot here. I’m excited to see how the workload is split when the season begins.