May 28, 2024 - Sports

Spartans football offseason report: Retooling the roster

MSU's coach waves while standing on a court. A camera is on him.

MSU football coach Jonathan Smith is introduced to fans in November. Photo: Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Michigan State's football program is trying to rebuild itself after former coach Mel Tucker's sudden downfall last year.

Why it matters: The Spartans not only have a new coach — Jonathan Smith, from Oregon State — but also a drastically different roster.

Between the lines: Once a perennial Big Ten contender, MSU is coming off a 5-7 season and is at risk of falling into the conference's lower tier.

By the numbers: MSU has landed at least 24 incoming transfers since Smith was hired in late November, the Free Press reports.

The latest: Linebacker Semaj Bridgeman committed to leave U of M and join the Spartans this month. His defection followed former MSU safety Jaden Mangham's departure for rival Michigan.

The intrigue: The Spartans will play twice on Friday night this season — at Oregon on Oct. 4 at 9pm and in East Lansing against Purdue on Nov. 22 at 8pm.

Go deeper … U of M football's offseason report

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