Michigan State returns six linebackers who had in-game experience last year. That is a luxury they did not have late in 2016 and heading into 2017. One name that is not returning to East Lansing is Chris Frey who departed after graduating. Frey’s loss goes beyond the field. His wisdom and leadership was heard throughout Michigan State’s locker room. It is a coveted role to be filled, one that senior Andrew Dowell and junior Joe Bachie are not shy about wanting to have.