UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Michigan State football traveled a skeleton roster to Beaver Stadium for its regular-season finale against No. 10 Penn State on Saturday.
Needing one win to get bowl eligible, the Spartans (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) are without a number of key players in the secondary and along the offensive and defensive lines:
* Cornerbacks Charles Brantley and Ronald Williams, along with safety Jaden Mangham, are not active;
* Offensive linemen Jarrett Horst, Matt Carrick and Brian Greene all did not dress again;
* Defensive ends Jeff Pietrowski and Khris Bogle remain out and are joined by Jalen Hunt, who moved outside from defensive tackle to help offset the losses on the edge.
That is on top of the depth issues in the secondary and defensive line caused by the ongoing suspensions of the eight players from the Oct. 29 incident in the Michigan Stadium tunnel.
On Wednesday, defensive back Khary Crump was charged with a felonious assault. Six others – linebacker/defensive end Jacoby Windmon; defensive ends Zion Young, Itayvion “Tank” Brown and Brandon Wright; and defensive backs Angelo Grose and Justin White – were charged with one count of misdemeanor aggravated assault.
The eighth suspended player, defensive back Malcom Jones, was not charged in the case by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office but also did not travel to Penn State (9-2, 6-2).
The Spartans did return running back Jarek Broussard, who left last Saturday’s 39-31 double-overtime loss to Indiana with an apparent head injury. Also in uniform after not dressing for last week’s game are tight end Tyler Hunt, running back Davion Primm and defensive end Chase Carte.
Right guard Geno VanDeMark, defensive end Avery Dunn and defensive tackle Simeon Barrow all went through pregame warmups after leaving hurt but returning against the Hoosiers.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State football's suspended players not at Penn State