Connor Kruse

Michigan State gets All-Big Ten center back for Wolverines

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Michigan State’s offensive line is about to get stronger this week as the Spartans prepare for Michigan. Jack Allen, an All-Big Ten player, will be back in the middle of the offensive line this weekend.

Allen was injured two weeks ago in a victory against Purdue. Allen is believed to have injured his ankle, which caused him to miss last week’s game against Indiana. Head coach Mark Dantonio rarely sheds any light on injuries, so the exact details of Allen’s injury are unconfirmed. As reported by MLive.com, Allen appeared to have his left ankle stepped on by Michigan State running back Nick Hill during a running play. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter and he did not return.

Connor Kruse filled in for Allen in the middle of the offensive line last week against the Hoosiers. This week Kruse will remain on the offensive line’s starting unit, but he will slide to right guard. This season the defending Big Ten champion Spartans rank fourth in the Big Ten in rushing offense with an average of 261.43 yards per game on the ground. The Michigan State offensive line has allowed just four sacks this season, tied for best in the Big Ten with Wisconsin.

Michigan State hosts Michigan on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. eastern.

Injury to keep Michigan State starting OL out indefintiely

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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio will not say much about an injury to offensive lineman Connor Kruse, but we do know it is not of the season-ending variety. That is about as much as you will get out of the Spartans head coach.

“Connor did well, he was injured a little bit,” Dantonio said following Monday’s practice, according to MLive.com‘s Mike Griffith. “We don’t talk about the injuries if they aren’t season ending, and it’s not season ending.”

Kruse is Michigan State’s starting right guard, which has caused Dantonio to move some pieces around the offensive line as the season is getting ready to commence. Per Griffith, Michigan State has moved Donovan Clark from right tackle to right guard, while redshirt sophomore Kodi Kieler will take over at right tackle. The Spartans have also moved defensive tackle Brandon Clemons over to offensive guard for some padded depth.

How long will this offensive line have to work with these adjustments? That remains unknown, but the need to move pieces around may suggest we will be talking about more than one game with the season starting next week.