The receiving core for the 2018 Michigan State Spartans when healthy were a dominating group, but the problem was staying healthy. All of the top Wide Receivers for the Spartans missed at least one game due to injury, which caused some disruption in the rhythm of the offense. Good news is that they return four of their top five receivers, only losing Felton Davis III. When healthy the Spartans will have one of the best receiver groups in the Big Ten and should be able to carry the offense should it get stagnant. Also, with a healthy QB Brian Lewerke back this season should be very exciting for the Wide Receiver group.
Darrell Stewart Jr., the recipient of the teams Tommy Love Award for most improved offensive player, will look to build on last season and become the leader of the Wide Receivers. The Redshirt Senior led the Spartans last year with 48 receptions and proved to be a security blanket for the Quarterbacks. While not the most explosive receiver on the team, Stewart has the best hands and doesn’t mind sitting down at the sticks and taking a hit. Look for Stewart to finish with way more than one TD this season as he will most likely be the top target in the red zone.
Cody White is probably the most explosive of the Wide Receiver group and led the team in receiving last season with 555 yards, despite missing four games. White still racked up 42 receptions and averaged over 13 yards a catch in an offense that was severely limited by injuries last year. The 6′ 3″ Junior out of Novi, Michigan provides a big target and very solid hands. With an improved passing game and a clean bill of health White could be looking at an All-Big Ten team at the end of the season.
Jalen Nailor should serve as the Spartans deep threat and is most likely to break a big play out of nowhere. The Sophomore Receiver had a 75 yard rushing touchdown last season and finished the season averaging over 17 yards a catch. Nailor is out of the famed Bishop Gorman High School and was ranked as the #1 receiver out of the state of Nevada. He was also a track star in Nevada which really shows as he breaks away from defenders.
Cam Chambers also returns for the Spartans and will provide much needed depth for the Wide Receiver group. Chambers saw increased playing time last season as most receivers missed some time. He was named to a BTN Team of the Week for his efforts against the Northwestern Wildcats so when the opportunity arises, Chambers is more than capable of providing a spark.