ESPN names Michigan State's 'newcomer to watch' prior to the start of spring practice
ESPN previewed spring practice for every Big Ten team on Wednesday.
That includes Michigan State, who is hoping to rebound from a disappointing 2022 campaign this upcoming season. ESPN analysts picked a “newcomer to watch” for the Spartans ahead of spring ball.
The pick is transfer running back Nate Carter. He arrives in East Lansing after rushing for 405 yards in just 4 games last season at UConn.
Here’s some analysis from ESPN’s Blake Baumgartner:
Running back Nate Carter (983 career yards, three touchdowns) comes to East Lansing to try to provide a lift to the Spartans’ offense after spending his first two years at UConn. He played in only four games last season because of a shoulder injury.
Carter could have a chance to be a Day 1 starter at Michigan State. Jalen Berger is Michigan State’s leading returning rusher at just 683 yards in 2022.
Michigan State’s running game, which ranked 12th in the Big Ten, was a big reason why the Spartans failed to get to bowl eligibility last season. If Carter can help get things back on track while Berger improves, Michigan State’s rushing attack could get back to being one of the league’s best in 2023.
Michigan State’s spring practice will begin on March 14.