The Michigan State backfield has some new faces in it this season. Kenneth Walker III left a pretty big hole, but it has been filled by a multitude of backs.

The Spartan RB coach, Effrem Reed spoke about how the transition to a committee in the backfield has been going. Wisconsin transfer Jalen Berger and Colorado transfer Jarek Broussard have been described as thunder and lightning by Reed.

“Right now, these guys are being consistent in practice,” said Reed. “We have more guys that can do a lot more things.”


ESPN BET is now live in Michigan

Use promo code SATURDAY to get your $250 bonus


Another bright spot in the backfield this season has been redshirt senior Elijah Collins. He played in eight games last season, and had 57 yards rushing with 1 touchdown against Akron on Saturday.

“Probably one of the best kids I’ve ever been around,” said Reed. “Obviously we want to ride 8 and 3 as much as we can, but I’m completely comfortable with Eli going in and running the football.”

Here’s everything that Reed said per Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press and Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News: