MSU's Mylan Hicks out at least 5 weeks with broken arm

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

East Lansing — Through five weeks of the season, Michigan State has managed to remain relatively healthy.

That run is over with the announcement Tuesday linebacker Mylan Hicks will miss at least the next five weeks with a broken arm. Coach Mark Dantonio made the announcement as No. 8 Michigan State prepares for Saturday's game at Purdue.

Hicks, a fifth-year senior, had thrived in the first extensive action of his career. Playing regularly in the nickel package, he had 12 tackles, a sack and two pass breakups.

The Spartans (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) will now move sophomore Demetrius Cox into the nickel package and redshirt freshman Jalyn Powell will move from strong safety down to outside linebacker. True freshman Chris Frey could also see more action.

There were other changes on the depth chart this week.

Freshman Montae Nicholson, who got his first start last week at strong safety, is listed as the co-starter with junior RJ Williamson. Dantonio said Nicholson will get the nod early in the week but that Saturday's starter position will be up for grabs throughout the week.

On the offensive side, fifth-year senior Connor Kruse is now listed as the co-starter at right guard with junior Donavon Clark, who is also listed at No. 1 at right tackle with sophomore Kodi Kieler.

Kruse missed the first three games of the season with lower body injury and has played both guard spots and center in the last two games.