At Mark Dantonio’s weekly press conference Tuesday, he was once again very focused on the Michigan State offense and how the unit is striving to get better. The Spartans are making a change at running back with that in mind.

Michigan State moved redshirt freshman Elijah Collins to the top spot on the running back depth chart. While speaking with the media, Dantonio confirmed that decision.

“He’ll (Collins) start this football game, and he’ll have the opportunity to get the majority of the carries early.”

Collins split carries with junior Connor Heyward in the first two games, but Collins has vastly outplayed Heyward and every other Michigan State back. The redshirt freshman has rushed for 209 yards on 25 carries, averaging more than 8.3 yards per attempt.

Meanwhile, Heyward is off to a slow start, posting 56 rushing yards on 18 attempts, averaging only 3.1 yards per carry. Sophomore running back La’Darius Jefferson has also struggled, running for only 17 yards on 12 carries.

Outside of the running back depth chart, Dantonio also addressed how well senior quarterback Brian Lewerke has played and the overall confidence of the offense. Lewerke has thrown for 506 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

It actually sounds as though Dantonio is more confident in his defense but compared to what the Michigan State coach had to say about his offense last week, they appear to be in a much better place.