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Josiah Scott slated to miss two months of action

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Today is media day at Michigan State, where there is plenty of optimism on campus.

Unfortunately, there’s also some bad news coming out of the Mark Dantonio press conference.

Due to a non-contact injury, rising sophomore cornerback and third-team All-Big Ten honoree Josiah Scott will be out two months.

If that two month timeline is accurate and no setbacks occur, Scott will be back in action somewhere around the Northwestern game on Oct. 5 and the Penn State game on Oct. 13.

The game that really gets interesting now is the Sept. 8 showdown at Arizona State, where rising junior and first team All-Pac 12 member N’Keal Harry will look to capitalize on the injury.

There isn’t much bright side to this, but one slice of optimism is the fact that the defensive backfield has some nice depth. This will give Josh Butler, Kalon Gervin or perhaps Xavier Henderson to step in and make an impact. Luckily there’s already another lockdown corner on the other side of the field in Justin Layne.

Or, if you talk to the players, they would suggest another name too.

Starting defensive end Dillon Alexander is also out an unspecified amount of time, also suffering a non-contact injury.

His absence could be more troubling than Scott’s just based on the lack of depth the defensive end position holds.