East Lansing — Michigan State's running game came to life last week in its 73-14 victory over Eastern Michigan as the Spartans piled up 336 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns.
And heading into Saturday's matchup with Wyoming, the Spartans could be close to getting another lift as fifth-year senior guard Connor Kruse could be close to getting back on the field.
"We're going to find out later in the week," coach Mark Dantonio said at his weekly news conference. "We're not really sure, but he's close."
Kruse was expected to be the starter at right guard but suffered a lower-body injury late in preseason camp and hasn't played in the first three games. In his absence, junior Donavon Clark moved from right tackle to right guard while sophomore Kodi Kieler has started at right tackle.
Dantonio also suggested that junior linebacker Ed Davis has some work to do to maintain his starting spot at the "money" linebacker position.
"If Ed does what he is supposed to do, he'll start," Dantonio said.
He didn't elaborate on what Davis hasn't done, but against Eastern Michigan, sophomore Riley Bullough started. Davis still played plenty against the Eagles, recording a half-sack and two quarterback hurries.
Dantonio also announced that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton will be Michigan State's honorary captain for this week's homecoming game. The university announced that about 700 tickets are still available for the noon kickoff.