Youth Movement in East Lansing Expectations are high in East Lansing as Michigan State comes off consecutive 9-4 seasons. The Spartans will look to content for a Big Ten Championship after barely missing out on a chance to play in the Conference Championship game the previous year. Yet, to do so, the Spartans will need to count on major contributions from a number of underclassman , both on offense and defense as 12 Sophomore or Freshmen are penciled in as starters. Offense The biggest question mark on the offensive side of the ball is the quarterback position, where three Sophomores are competing for the starting position. Look for all three to get playing time in the early going and for one to establish himself as the season progresses. Moreover, with new wide receivers taking the starting positions, look for the passing game to get off to a slow start. Luckily for the Spartans, a proven group of halfbacks are coming back to East Lansing, beginning with All-Big Ten Sophomore Jeremy Brown. Brown provides explosiveness out of the backfield, though injury concerns are an issue. Senior HB Jeremy Langford will share the backfield with Brown after an exceptional Spring. The offensive line is blessed with both experience and youth and should be a relative strength. Defense The Spartan defense is solid across the board, and should get better as the year progresses. The defensive line is anchored by Big Ten All-Americans DT Andrew Simmons and DE Jonathan Rogers, both Sophomores. In the line-backing corps, Senior Lawrence Thomas looks poised to make a run at post-season honors after a Junior year in which he finished second on the team in tackles. With two experienced corners returning for Michigan State, the secondary will once again be stingy and will look to prevent big plays. Though both safety positions feature new starters, there is no drop-off in talent. Special Teams Michigan State is set to have a great year on special teams. Returning punter Jeremy Dean is exceptionally accurate as he is strong, while JUCO transfer Timmy Smith boasts a big leg, the likes of which Michigan State has not seen in some time. Returning kicks with be halfbacks Jeremy Brown and Jeremy Langford both of which can take it the distance. Outlook A 10 win season is not out of the question for these Spartans. However, the success will be measured on whether they win a Big Ten title and subsequent bowl game.