Report: Former Nebraska defensive tackle to finish career at Michigan State
Michigan State’s defensive line situation already looks much different than initially expected a couple months ago.
The Spartans expected to have three senior defensive linemen depart for the NFL. Unexpected was the fact that Montez Sweat and Craig Evans left the team and sixth-year senior Damon Knox — an expected starter — elected not to petition the NCAA for one more year of eligibility.
Instead, Michigan State reportedly ended up with one who did.
According to SpartanTailgate.com, former Nebraska defensive tackle Kevin Williams is finalizing paperwork to transfer to Michigan State for his final season of eligibility, and would be able to play in 2016 as a graduate student. Williams missed the 2011 and 2013 seasons with injury.
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Like MSU, Nebraska’s defensive line lost major pieces since the end of 2015. After defensive tackles Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine both left early for the NFL, veteran Greg McMullen announced that he wouldn’t return to the football team for his final year and Williams announced his intentions to transfer.
An intra-conference transfer was obviously not vetoed by Nebraska coach Mike Riley.
The Spartans will get a needed veteran presence to pair alongside likely preseason All-American Malik McDowell. Williams had 27 tackles and three sacks in 23 games at Nebraska. He appeared in eight games and started two last season for the Huskers.
Michigan State’s other options at defensive tackle are redshirt freshmen Raequan Williams and Cassius Peat, both of whom impressed the Spartan coaching staff this spring.
For Nebraska, the hole at defensive tackle could be filled by senior Kevin Maurice and redshirt freshman Khail Davis.