Departing Spartans can show skills in all-star games

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
RJ Williamson

Lansing -- Michigan State is losing its share of starters from last season’s team and most will be getting a shot to play at the next level.

Linebacker Darien Harris, offensive lineman Donavon Clark and safety RJ Williamson get a chance to bolster their resume Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Next week, center Jack Allen, wide receiver Aaron Burbridge and defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas will play in the Senior Bowl. Defensive end Shilique Calhoun had to pull out of the game because of an injury.

“I think it’s important,” Mark Dantonio said Friday. “RJ Williamson has been out most of the year, so that will be a big evaluation piece for him. … We’re well-represented in those all-star games.”


Last week, Dantonio said he’d be open to taking a graduate transfer this season and even joked reporters should post it on Twitter to help publicize the idea.

Dantonio said there hadn’t been any movement on that at this point.

“Too early to tell,” he said. “But there’s people sniffing around.”

… Michigan State is expecting linebacker Ed Davis, offensive lineman Brandon Clemons and defensive lineman Damon Knox to apply for and receive a sixth year of eligibility.

“That’s a process, but I think that will all go through,” Dantonio said. “I would be surprised if it didn’t.”

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