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Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Delton Williams

East Lansing — Michigan State begins spring practice on Tuesday, and coach Mark Dantonio made it clear he was focusing on the players that would be taking the field.

"I am going to talk about the guys on our depth chart right now," Dantonio said. "Anybody not on the depth chart is sort of in limbo."

He was, of course, referring to running back Delton Williams and wide receiver Macgarrett Kings.

Williams, who will be entering his junior season in the fall, was suspended last week after he was arrested and charged brandishing a weapon in public after an incident on campus. He was expected to be in the mix for the battle to replace Jeremy Langford as the starting tailback.

Kings, who will be entering his senior season, was arrested and charged with drunken and disorderly conduct and obstructing, resisting, hindering or assaulting a police officer in early March. It was his second run-in with the law after being suspended last spring after being charged with operating while intoxicated and driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 or above.

Neither Kings nor Williams were on the spring depth chart released Tuesday.

There was plenty of interesting movement on the depth chart with senior defensive tackle Lawrence Thomas moved to defensive end opposite senior Shilique Calhoun. Senior Joel Heath and sophomore Malik McDowell are the starting tackles.

Junior Demetrious Cox, who has played mostly safety, is the starter at boundary corner while junior Darian Hicks, who struggled at times last year, is at field corner with redshirt freshman Vayante Copeland.

Junior Riley Bullough is the co-starter at middle linebacker with sophomore Jon Reschke, who missed the last part of last season with a shoulder injury and should be cleared for full contact in another week.

On the offensive side, redshirt freshman Madre London and sophomore Gerald Holmes are both listed No. 1 at tailback while junior Monty Madaris is among the starters at receiver with senior Aaron Burbridge and junior R.J. Shelton.

Dantonio said kicker Michael Geiger had surgery on his hip and will miss the spring but be ready by fall.