Josiah Scott Out For 2 Months With Injury - Next Man Up

Josiah Scott Out For 2 Months With Injury - Next Man Up

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Josiah Scott Out For 2 Months With Injury - Next Man Up

Budding star Josiah Scott will be out for two months after an unspecified injury sustained in practice today. Michigan State is deep in the secondary – and that depth will be put to the test right away.

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About five minutes ago, SpartansWire published a story chronicling the importance of the depth the Michigan State program can rely on in 2018.

That piece can be found right here –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/08/03/were-deep-right-now-and-its-fun/

It’s a good thing the team – particularly the defense – is deep.

Today, Mark Dantonio announced that the Spartans will be without sophomore cornerback Josiah Scott for up to two months due to an unspecified injury sustained during a non-contact drill in practice.

Josiah Scott started twelve games a a freshman last season and earned, among other in-season awards, Big Ten Network All-Freshman Honors after piling up thirty tackles to go along with two interceptions on the season.

The 5’10”, 175 pound cover man was set to team up with returning junior Justin Layne to form a cornerback tandem that was poised to bring back the “No Fly Zone” with lock-down coverage.

Now, the depth will be tested – before the Spartans have even completed a week of Fall camp.

However, Dantonio has already alluded to junior Josh Butler, true freshman Kalon Gervin, redshirt freshman Shakur Brown and true freshman Davion Williams as potential replacements while Scott works his way back over the next two months.

Kalon Gervin and Shakur Brown have already been identified as potential future stars.

Josh Butler is a veteran who understands the roles and responsibilities on and off the field of a member of the Spartan secondary.

No season ever goes smoothly with regard to the health of the team up and down the roster.

It’s worth a reminder that Michigan State entered the 2014 Rose Bowl without the team’s heart and soul on defense, Third Team All American (AP) and First Team All Big Ten (Coaches and Media) linebacker, Max Bullough, following his suspension for violating team rules.

Kyler Elsworth stepped in and earned Rose Bowl Defensive MVP honors.

When #9 Michigan State took the field on November 21st, 2015 in front of 108,975 fans to face the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, they did so without the eventual winningest quarterback in the history of the program in Connor Cook.

Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry teamed up to lead the Spartans to one of the most memorable wins in program history that afternoon that concluded with Michael Geiger’s length-of-the-field windmill after drilling the game winning kick as time expired.

This program has thrived on the idea of guys needing to step in and up when others haven’t been available.

Plenty of experts speculated that Dantonio would never have another quarterback who could win and lead like Kirk Cousins when he headed off to the NFL.

Connor Cook went on to become a three-year starter and finished his career as the winningest quarterback in school history with 34 victories.

Cook was 34-5 overall, 23-2 vs. Big Ten opponents, 21-2 in Big Ten regular-season games, 2-0 in Big Ten Championship Games, and 2-1 in bowl games.

And Brian Lewerke appears ready to possibly end up surpassing Cook’s records.

Josiah Scott will be missed for the next two months.

Can he come back from this unspecified injury and pick up right where he’s left off today and be the lock down corner he’s prepared to be right now?

That remains to be seen, of course.

Time for the next man to step up.

Good thing that has come to be expected at Michigan State.

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