Spartans on the spot this spring Marcus Hartman @marcushartman Oct 20, 2016 at 4:49p ET Stepping forward Evan Jones (85) and many other Spartans will be looking to win bigger roles this spring. Brian Allen The offensive line will be mostly veteran, but sophomore Brian Allen has a chance to earn an expanded role. Gerald Holmes With the top two running backs having graduated, there are a bunch of carries available this season. Gerald Holmes hopes to take advantage. Aaron Burbridge The top two receivers from last season graduated, leaving an opportunity for Aaron Burbridge to go out on a high note. Monty Madaris Monty Madaris is another big, physical receiver who is hoping to leave his mark on the depth chart and defenders this spring. Demetrious Cox After fans got a glimpse of this highly recruited safety from Pennsylvania, he will hope to earn a bigger role on the defense this spring at cornerback. Riley Bullough He is hoping to follow in his brother's footsteps at middle linebacker. Malik McDowell Malik McDowell (4) could bring more playmaking to the interior of the Michigan State defensive line. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports Mike Carter Demetrius Cooper A 6-foot-5, 245-pound sophomore, Cooper is among the players who could replace Marcus Rush at defensive end.