EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – After a 5-7 season in 2022, Michigan State’s football program is looking to bounce back and return to where it was in 2021.

6 Sports goes live from MSU’s Duffy Daugherty football building to preview the season and see how the Spartans have constructed a more competitive roster in 2023.

MSU opens the season at home on Friday, Sept. 1, against Central Michigan at 7 p.m.

The program has seen a roller coaster of outcomes in Mel Tucker’s first three seasons. In 2020, MSU went 2-5. Then followed up it with an 11-win season, including a win over Pittsburgh in the Peach Bowl, before winning just five games last season.

Tucker has said this year he has the most depth since becoming the Spartans head coach, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t questions surrounding the team.

MSU’s starting quarterback the last two seasons, Payton Thorne, transferred to Auburn in the offseason.

Meaning there will be a new QB1 in East Lansing.

Redshirt junior Noah Kim and redshirt freshman Katin Houser have been battling for the job in fall camp and when asked during his game week press conference who will be the starting quarterback, Tucker said “we’ll see who runs out there first.”

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Here’s what featured in the special:

  • Who’s in contention for the starting quarterback job?
  • Young wide receivers stepping up after the departure of Jayden Reed and Keon Coleman
  • Montorie Foster and Tre Mosley eager to be the leaders in the wide receiver room.
  • Spartans hope the addition of two transfer running backs can improve the run game.
  • An experienced offensive line is expected to help improve the offense.
  • East Lansing’s Ethan Boyd can’t wait to play younger brother Evan Boyd, who plays for CMU.
  • Four defensive line transfers bring serious size to East Lansing.
  • Mel Tucker reflects on the history of Spartan Stadium and what he’s looking forward entering his fourth season leading the Spartans.