April 25, 2007

Jimmerson gaining confidence after strong spring

EAST LANSING - In the world of college football, and especially the Big Ten, a team can never have too many running backs.

That point was driven home with authority last year as the Spartans, while operating out of a spread formation, lost starter Javon Ringer to injury for part of the season and never regained an effective rushing attack thereafter.

With Michigan State's shift to a pro-style offense under head coach Mark Dantonio and offensive coordinator Don Treadwell, running back depth will be even more important this fall. Sophomore A.J. Jimmerson, who showed flashes of his ability last year as a back with the ability run the ball or catch the ball out of the backfield, will be relied on to add more consistency to his game this fall.

If Jimmerson's performance this spring is any indication, the Spartans appear to be in good shape with three quality tailbacks.

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