The most important question for the Michigan State senior linebacker has been answered after the NCAA approved Ed Davis‘ 6th year of eligibility last week. Now the Spartan defense has to wait and see if their veteran defender will be suiting up in South Bend on Saturday.
In an interview with WJR radio on Monday, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said that it is possible that Davis could be ready to play when the Spartans play Notre Dame on Saturday night.
“We’ve got to get him on the field now,” Dantonio said. “He’s got a couple of things he’s got to still work through. Possibilities are there for him to play against Notre Dame, and we’ll see how it shakes out.”-MLive.com
The All-Big Ten linebacker last played in the Spartans 2014 season finale, a Cotton Bowl win over Baylor. Davis tore his ACL during Fall camp last season and missed all of 2015. He has since returned from surgery and did participate in Spring practice, but due to NCAA rules was not allowed to practice with the team during the first two weeks of Fall camp this season.
The big thing holding Davis back at this point is his lack of reps during Fall camp as the Michigan State coaching staff did not know for sure whether or not he would be eligible for the season until last week.
My expectation is that Davis will indeed play, but don’t expect the 6th-year senior to play a large number of snaps on Saturday as MSU coaches ease the linebacker back into action.