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Cory Linsner

Five transfers who will help make or break Michigan State football’s season

Michigan State is heading into year four of the Mel Tucker era in East Lansing, and in desperate need of having a bounce back year, after a 5-7 campaign a year ago. Tucker and his staff dipped into the transfer portal once again to help reshape the starting roster and has seemingly done a strong job.

For MSU to have the bounce back year they have their eyes set on, the Spartans are going to need several of there incoming transfer to perform as advertised and step up in a big way.

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Check out which five transfers are imperative for MSU to have a bounce back year in 2023:

1. Tunmise Adeleye

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Michigan State really lacked in the pass rush department a year ago, but getting 5-star transfer Tunmise Adeleye should help. Adeleye has the most hype of anyone coming into this season, and the hype needs to be as advertised for the Spartans d-line to take a proper step forward.

2. Nathan Carter

It is no secret MSU’s running backs struggled mightily in 2022. A lot of the scrutiny was on the offensive line but in film review, you can see a major problem with the RBs. That is where UConn transfer Nathan Carter comes into play. The Husky transfer has gotten rave reviews, which bodes well for MSU in 2023 if it comes to fruition.

3. Alante Brown

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MSU lost their most production at wide receiver in the 2023 offseason with Jayden Reed off to the NFL and Keon Coleman’s transfer to Florida State. That means new guys need to step up and fill that void. If MSU’s offense is going to succeed in 2023, WRs will need to step up and that starts with Nebraska transfer Alante Brown.

4. Terry Roberts

Another thing that hasn’t been in question during Tucker’s MSU tenure is how pitiful the secondary has played. Now, the Spartans have a huge crop of young talent in the secondary that fans should be excited about, but for the immediate season ahead, MSU will rely on Iowa cornerback transfer Terry Roberts to step up.

5. Jonathan Kim

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Let’s put it this way, MSU was probably the worst kicking team in the country last season. UNC Jonathan Kim needs to be a plus player for the Spartans this season.

HM: Jalen Sami

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Jalen Sami checks in as an honorable mention, and that is only because MSU has plenty of quality and depth at the DT position. Either way, Sami was a massive transfer get and will be imperative to MSU’s run defense.

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