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MSU Football: 3 Spartans Who Will Build Big Hype in Fall Practice

Posted in MSU Football by Sean Merriman, web editor on August 16, 2012

Football is almost here.

Can you feel it ladies and gentlemen?

Kickoff to the 2012 college football season is quickly approaching and the much-anticipated Michigan State vs. Boise State season-opener is just around the corner.

The Spartans are in the midst of fall practice leading up to the big game, and there has been plenty of praise from Mark Dantonio and his MSU coaching staff. But who are the new players that are catching the eye of MSU’s head coach?

Could there be another Kewshawn Martin-type receiver on this year’s team?

Let’s go ahead and break down five Spartans who will build big hype in fall practice.

1. Jeremy Langford

Langford has played all over the field since arriving in East Lansing, but from the looks of it, he is finally settling in at the wide receiver position and could have a big impact there this season.

The 6-foot, 205 pound sophomore has exceptional speed and a good pair of hands as well. He has received plenty of praise from both Dantonio and MSU wide receivers coach  Terrence Samuel.

With injuries to freshmen Aaron Burbridge and Monty Madaris, both of whom were expected to compete for playing time this season, Langford has taken advantage of his time with the first and second unit and worked his way into the top receivers group.

Langford played at the same high school (Westland John Glenn) and Keshawn Martin and has the same style of play and versatility as the former Spartan standout wide receiver.

Wouldn’t that be something if he could bring that same type of production to the football field?

2. Jack Allen

This is another case of a talented player switching positions and making the most of it due to an injury.

Allen was recruited by MSU as one of the top centers in the nation last season, but has made the move over to guard this fall with an injury to Blake Treadwell.

Allen has impressed coaches with his blocking and is said to be ready to step in and start right now, despite working primarily at center throughout his redshirt freshman season.

This is a kid that plays with a ton of intensity out on the football field, which any coach loves to see in a player.

Especially an offensive lineman.

3. Demetrious Cox

Cox was the prized possession of this MSU 2012 recruiting class, and with the departure of Trenton Robinson, it is certainly possible that Cox could come in and earn early playing time right from the get-go.

Mark Dantonio and the MSU coaching staff have already come out and said that Cox is the most game-ready player of the true freshmen in this 2012 class.

There has been an ongoing competition at the free safety position, with sophomore Kurtis Drummond as the starter and redshirt freshman RJ Williamson right behind him. However, Cox has already made noise in fall camp and could battle those two for a starting spot when it is all said and done.

Don’t be surprised to see this talented freshman on the field a lot for the Spartans this season.


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