Can MSU overcome loss of depth in secondary?

State hoping Alliance, OH star can fill the void

You don't have to remind MSU fans of the need to have quality depth in the secondary. Visions of Michigan's Braylon Edwards jumping into the air and snaring pass after pass against a depleted MSU backline are still playing like a bad dream in Spartans fans heads.

EAST LANSING - You don't have to remind MSU fans of the need to have quality depth in the secondary.

Visions of Braylon Edwards jumping into the air and snaring pass after pass against the depleted MSU backline are still playing like a bad dream in Spartans fans heads.

So don't blame MSU fans if they start to fret after finding out about the loss of nickle back Ross Weaver in a closed scrimmage yesterday.

Reports had Weaver getting tangled up on a play and breaking his ankle. Initial prognosis indicated the Southfield, MI standout would be lost to the team for three-to-five months.

So what do the Spartans do in the absence of Weaver, a sophomore who got experience a season ago and who was being counted on to provide key depth?

"We didn't have a lot of depth there at cornerback to begin with," said head coach John L. Smith, "so those young guys are going to have to step up. Kendell Davis-Clark has to get himself ready to play and contribute."

Davis, a former standout from Alliance, OH., was a non-qualifier a season ago and had to deal with that situation as well as rehabbing a dislocated shoulder his senior season in high school.

Still, his talent came to the surface in spring practice as he challenged for playing time. Davis joins Michael Bell and freshman Ashton Henderson who are all vieing to replace Weaver in the playing group.

"Ashton Henderson is going to be a good football player," Smith said after Henderson stepped in to make five tackles after Weaver was injured. "He's another cornerback who's going to have to step up."

Still, with few players left with playing experience, MSU fans are hoping the rest of the fall leaves them relatively unscathed heading towards the opener against Idaho.

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