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With Elijah Collins back, new Michigan State football RB coach likes talent, depth

Michigan State Spartans football coach Mel Tucker speaks to the media on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in East Lansing. Detroit Free Press

New Michigan State assistant coach Will Peagler spent plenty of time watching film of his running backs. All the way back to their high school tape.

And the athletic ability he saw from returning starter Elijah Collins impressed him.

“The thing that stood out to me is how much weight, how much bigger and thicker he’s gotten over the last year and during the season,” Peagler said on a conference call Wednesday. “You could see him get better over the portion of the year, and I think that’s a credit to him taking care of his body and doing the right things off the field.