Fresh off an 11-2 season, Michigan State football is looking to prove that 2021 wasn’t a fluke. In order to do that, the Spartans must rely on some role players from last season along with some incoming transfers to step up.
We saw Kenneth Walker III go from little-known transfer to Doak Walker Award winner last year while Payton Thorne broke school records and the duo of Jalen Nailor and Jayden Reed contributed to one of the Big Ten’s most explosive offenses. If only you bought stock in those guys before the year.
Don’t worry, I have you covered ahead of this season.
Time to buy stock in these guys.
Keon Coleman, WR, Sophomore
I don’t think it’s possible to be higher on someone, but Keon Coleman is just that good. The former four-star receiver from Louisiana is a freak athlete, standing 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds; he’s built like a truck, in the best way possible. He had a quiet freshman season but was extremely raw and now that he’s being thrown into the starting lineup, he should take a massive leap. If he plays even remotely close to his potential, he might just stumble his way into an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection this year.
Jacoby Windmon, LB, Senior
An All-Mountain West linebacker Jacoby Windmon broke out with UNLV in 2021 but now he’s joining a legit playoff contender in East Lansing. Going from the Group of Five to the Power Five is an adjustment, but Windmon has the look of a budding star. He had 119 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks as a junior with UNLV and while he may not put up video game-like numbers like that with the Spartans, he’s probably going to be a starter and he’s one of the most talented guys on that side of the ball.
Jarek Broussard, RB, Junior
How do you replace one of the best running backs in school history? You go to the same well (portal) that brought you said all-time rusher. That’s exactly what Mel Tucker did (twice) this offseason, landing Wisconsin transfer Jalen Berger and Colorado transfer Jarek Broussard. Both will be really good in this offense, but if I had to choose one who could be that next Kenneth Walker III, it would have to be Broussard. He’s a shifty runner with good vision and solid speed and he’s built to last in the Big Ten. The former Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year is going to make it two straight years with a 1,000-yard rusher.
These highlights should make you giddy:
Khris Bogle, DE, Senior
Three years ago, Khris Bogle was a top-100 recruit and he was being compared to Seattle Seahawks’ outside linebacker and former first-rounder Barkevious Mingo. Fast forward to 2022 and he has 30 games with the Florida Gators under his belt and just 67 career tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and seven sacks. The Florida transfer is capable of so much more and he’s placing his trust in Brandon Jordan — which is about to pay off in a big way. We’re going to see a massive uptick at defensive end this season with Bogle becoming a star.
Geno VanDeMark, OL, Freshman
Geno VanDeMark was one of the top signees in Michigan State’s 2021 recruiting class from New Jersey and he redshirted his freshman season. With a year of experience under his belt and a clear need along that offensive line, I can see VanDeMark being this year’s breakout star in the trenches. There are a few linemen to buy stock in, but VanDeMark has the tools and he can be a bully on the interior, paving the way for Broussard to run wild.
Spartan Nation, let’s ride.