For the time being, Michigan State has a new starting running back.
It comes as no surprise after Elijah Collins played lights out in the Week 2 win over Western Michigan. He carried the ball 17 times for 192 yards, an especially impressive performance after no Spartan eclipsed 43 yards rushing in Week 1. In Mark Dantonio’s search for a workhorse running back, Collins may wind up being the answer.
Following Collins’ strong showing, he was placed atop Michigan State’s depth chart as RB1 for the upcoming game against Arizona State. Obviously, one performance alone guarantees nothing, but Collins can solidify his position as the starter with another strong game against the Sundevils.
Following Tuesday’s announcement, Collins was asked what being the starter means to him. Quite frankly, Collins said he never knew that he would be able to do something like that. Chris Solari with The Detroit Free Press shared Collins’ comments:
“I never knew that I would be able to be the starter,” Collins said after practice Tuesday. “And to be named the starter, it’s just everything that I’ve lived for.”
Collins definitely has worked hard since arriving on campus as a member of the 2018 signing class. He joined the Spartans as a three-star recruit and No. 19 player out of the state of Michigan for 2018, but now Collins has a chance to turn in a special season. We will just have to wait and see if he is able to build on his success in Week 2.