The Michigan State defense returns a lot of experience from a group that finished seventh in the nation in total defense, and second in the nation in rush defense. The back seven for the Spartan defense should once again be a major strength, and it starts with a linebacker group that is both talented, experienced, and deep.
Key Losses: Chris Frey
Frey was a captain on last year’s team, and started all 13 games for MSU. He was fifth on the team with 55 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss. He also picked up four sacks, forced a fumble, and recovered three more.