Offensive line shuffled in MSU’s preseason depth chart

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Kodi Kieler (79) started at right tackle the past two seasons but is listed as the starter at center heading into preseason camp.

Chicago — Michigan State released its preseason depth chart on Monday giving an indication of where things stand after spring practice and heading into preseason camp which begins Aug. 6.

The depth chart does not include incoming freshmen who did not particiapate in spring practice, transfers or first-year walk-ons.

It does continue to list fifth-year senior Tyler O’Connor and junior Damion Terry as the co-starters at quarterback and all three running backs — junior Gerald Holmes and sophomores LJ Scott and Madre London — are listed No. 1.

The most eye-opening movement is along the offensive line where fifth-year senior Kodi Kieler is the starter at center. A starter at right tackle the last two season, Kieler worked some at center in the spring and was listed as co-starter with junior Brian Allen.

Allen is now No. 1 at left guard with sixth-year senior Brandon Clemons and fifth-year senior Benny McGowan the starters at right guard. Sophomore David Beedle gets the nod as the No. 1 left tackle as junior Dennis Finley and senior Miguel Machado are the co-starters at right tackle.

Odds are the shuffling will continue in camp and the starting offensive line could look far different than the first depth chart indicates.

On the defensive side, redshirt freshman Raquean Williams is the starter at defensive tackle, a spot that will likely include graduate transfer Kevin Williams.

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Does not include incoming freshmen who didn’t participate in spring practice, transfers or first-year walk-ons.


X WR – Felton Davis OR Monty Madaris / Edward Barksdale

LT – David Beedle / Cole Chewins

LG – Brian Allen / Kodi Kieler

C – Kodi Kieler / Brian Allen

RG – Brandon Clemons OR Benny McGowan / Chase Gianacakos

RT – Dennis Finley OR Miguel Machado / Thiyo Lukusa

TE – Josiah Price OR Jamal Lyles / Matt Sokol

Z WR – R.J. Shelton / Donnie Corley

FL – Darrell Stewart Jr. / Brandon Sowards

QB – Tyler O’Connor OR Damion Terry / Brian Lewerke

FB – Delton Williams / Collin Lucas

RB – Gerald Holmes OR LJ Scott OR Madre London / Delton Williams


DE – Demetrius Cooper / Dillon Alexander

DT – Raequan Williams / Cassius Peat

NT – Malik McDowell / Gerald Owens

DE – Evan Jones / Robert Bowers

STAR – Andrew Dowell / T.J. Harrell

MIKE – Riley Bullough / Shane Jones

SAM – Jon Reschke / Chris Frey

FC – Darian Hicks / Tyson Smith

FS – Demetrious Cox / Matt Morrissey

BS – Montae Nicholson / Khari Willis

BC – Montae Nicholson / Vayante Copeland


KO – Kevin Cronin / Brett Scanlon

PK – Michael Geiger / Kevin Cronin

P – Jake Hartbarger / Tyler O’Connor