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Behind Enemy Lines Preview: The Michigan State Spartans

As we get closer to the 2021 football season, we decided to poll other sites in the college football internet to get a sense of where their programs are at. Today’s edition welcomes Ryan O’Bleness of The Only Colors to preview the Michigan State Spartans. The rivalry will be renewed on Oct. 3

Here is the full rundown from Withrow on what the Wildcats bring back and how the fanbase feels about their outlook moving forward.

Your team’s key departures

-Rocky Lombardi, quarterback (transferred to Northern Illinois)

-Antjuan Simmons, linebacker (entered NFL Draft)

-Shakur Brown, cornerback (entered NFL Draft)

-Naquan Jones, defensive tackle (entered NFL Draft)

-Julian Barnett, cornerback/wide receiver (transferred to Memphis)

-Devontae Dobbs, offensive tackle, (transferred to Memphis)

-Chris Jackson, cornerback, (transferred to Washington State)

-Tre’von Morgan, wide receiver (transferred to Kentucky)

-Dominique Long, defensive back/special teams ace (transferred to Duke)

-Matt Dotson, tight end (didn’t return for an extra year of eligibility)

Your team’s key returnees


-Payton Thorne, quarterback

-Jordon Simmons, running back

-Elijah Collins, running back

-Connor Heyward, running back

-Jayden Reed, wide receiver,

-Jalen Nailor, wide receiver

-Ricky White, wide receiver

-Trenton Gillison, tight end

-Tyler Hunt, tight end (and former punter)

-Kevin Jarvis, offensive line

-Matt Allen, offensive line

-Nick Samac, offensive line