Connor Kruse injury jumbles up Spartans offensive line

Connor Kruse injury jumbles up Spartans offensive line
August 19, 2014, 9:30 am
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Vinnie Duber

We all know how dangerous Michigan State's offense could be this season with quarterback Connor Cook and running back Jeremy Langford in the backfield, but some news out of Spartans camp Monday might make the unit tasked with protecting those two playmakers a little thin for a little while.

Right guard Connor Kruse is injured, and because Mark Dantonio coaches the team there's no telling what the injury is or how long Kruse will be out.

"Connor did well, he was injured a little bit,'' Dantonio told in another low moment for specificity. "We don't talk about the injuries if they aren't season ending, and it's not season ending.''

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Kruse, a fifth-year senior, could be out for anywhere from zero games to 11 games or roughly thereabouts. There's no way of knowing thanks to Dantonio's policy. But what we do know is that Kruse's absence will cause the offensive line to get all jumbled up.

This from's Mike Griffith:

Dantonio — who did not disclose specifics of Kruse's injury — said Michigan State is moving junior Donavon Clark from right tackle to right guard, and third-year sophomore Kodi Kieler will take over the duties at right tackle with the starting unit.

Junior Brandon Clemons will be moved from defensive tackle to offensive guard for now. The Spartans also have true freshman Brian Allen and junior college transfer Miguel Machado working with the twos at guard.

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It's less than an ideal situation given the Spartans open their season a week from Friday. But Dantonio does seem pleased with his depth along the line. We'll see how long Kruse is sidelined for and if it has any effect on Michigan State's offensive potency.