QB KIRK COUSINS JUNIOR
One of the top passers in the conference, Cousins, who completed 60% of his throws for 2,680 yards and 19 TDs in '09, must keep improving for the Spartans to have any chance at contending for the Big Ten title.
TE CHARLIE GANTT SENIOR
The 6' 5" Gantt beefed up to 255 pounds in the off-season in order to be a bigger presence on the line. But the Spartans also need him to be a receiving threat: Gantt caught just two touchdown passes last year after having four in his sophomore season.
DT JEREL WORTHY SOPHOMORE
The Freshman All-America was a big force on the line last year, with 37 tackles and 4½ sacks while starting 11 of 13 games. Worthy sat out the spring after shoulder surgery but is on track to start in the fall.
RB LARRY CAPER SOPHOMORE
The Spartans need a star to emerge in the backfield, and Caper—who led the team with 468 yards rushing last year—could be that guy. He figures to split time with fellow sophomore Edwin Baker (427 yards), but Caper, a 5' 11", 215-pound bruiser, has bigger upside.
WR KESHAWN MARTIN JUNIOR