A few days after losing a defensive lineman for the latest time this offseason, Michigan State finally added a defensive lineman on Monday.
The team announced the addition of defensive tackle Kevin Williams, a graduate transfer from Big Ten-rival Nebraska who is immediately eligible to play.
"It was a little bit of everything on why I wanted to come to Michigan State," Williams said in the team's announcement. "I had a previous relationship with the coaching staff during the recruiting process in high school. I also got a good idea of how the program was run by being in the same conference. I knew that even after coming to Nebraska, Michigan State would have been a good route to go as well out of high school. I’m excited to be a part of a championship-level program."
The Spartans can certainly use the help on the defensive line, which needs to replace three starters in Shilique Calhoun, Joel Heath and Lawrence Thomas. Last week, Dantonio announced the departure of Damon Knox, who was projected to start at defensive tackle. Earlier this offseason, defensive linemen Montez Sweat and Craig Evans left the program following several disciplinary issues in past years.
Williams spent five years at Nebraska, but he didn't play during the 2011 and 2013 seasons due to knee injuries, the reason he still has eligibility remaining. In 23 career games with the Huskers, Williams made four starts and accumulated 27 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and three sacks.
"We’re excited about the addition of Kevin to our football team," Dantonio said in the announcement. "We had a chance to get to know him during the recruiting process. He has the talent and experience to immediately contribute to our defense this season."