Michigan State appears to have decided on a starting running back.
Redshirt freshman Elijah Collins is atop the Michigan State depth chart going into Week 3. The Spartans announced the team’s depth chart Tuesday morning ahead of Saturday’s matchup with Arizona State.
Collins split carries with junior Connor Heyward in the first two weeks, but Collins has been the superior runner, by far. The redshirt freshman has rushed for 209 yards on 25 carries, averaging more than 8.3 yards per attempt.
Heyward has struggled to the tune of 56 yards on 18 attempts, thus averaging 3.1 yards per carry. He’s far from the only Michigan State back starting slow out of the gate, though, as sophomore back La’Darius Jefferson, who has the third-most carries on the team in two games, has only 17 rushing yards on 12 attempts.
Michigan State also made some small changes to its wide receiver depth chart Tuesday. With Jalen Nailor sidelined with a lower-leg injury, sophomore C.J. Hayes is now the starting flanker while senior Darrell Stewart has been switched to the slot.
Stewart has 16 receptions, 241 receiving yards and a touchdown through two games. He’s the only Michigan State receiver with more than seven catches or 85 yards. Hayes has three grabs for 31 yards this season.