Michigan State football reinforced by several returning linemen

EAST LANSING — On a day when Michigan State football welcomed its newest players, Mel Tucker gave some glimpses into some of the decisions his current Spartans are making for their future.

Most notably that offensive linemen Nick Samac and JD Duplain both plan to return for their COVID-waiver extra seasons, along with defensive end Khris Bogle.

Yet there are a few others whom Tucker did not mention, among them linebacker Jacoby Windmon and running back Elijah Collins.

“Some of these guys are still deciding, and we’ve got a couple of guys that I think after they see what we did today are gonna really want to come back and be a part of it,” Tucker said Wednesday. “So we’ll have to see.”

Michigan State linebacker Jacoby Windmon (4) tackles Western Michigan quarterback Jack Salopek (6) during the second half at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Friday, Sept.  2, 2022.

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Windmon could be the biggest question mark, after a stellar start that saw him earn three Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors and two national weekly awards at both defensive end and linebacker before he was suspended for the final four games for a postgame altercation in the Michigan Stadium tunnel. The former UNLV transfer is facing one count of misdemeanor assault and battery in Washtenaw County for the Oct. 29 incidents.

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