Junior tight end Eric Knott is listed as questionable for the upcoming Rutgers football game after an MRI revealed Tuesday that he had sprained a knee, MSU assistant athletic director John Lewandowski said. As of Wednesday afternoon, the starting tight end hadn't practiced since MSU beat Western Michigan this past Saturday. He walked off the field at the end of the game with an ice pack on his right knee.
Knott caught two balls in the win over the Broncos for a total of 18 yards. The 6-foot-3, 267-pound Detroit native was the No. 2 receiver last season behind Biletnikoff Award winner and now Detroit Lions' player Charles Rogers.
Junior Jason Randall, who would replace Knott as the starter, played in the season opener but did not have a reception.
Before the season started, both Knott and Randall competed for the starting job and had positive things to say about the depth at their respective position.
"There is a lot of talent at tight end with Knott, me, (Ryan) Woods and Matt Walters," Randall said.
"Tight ends play a big part in the offense," Knott said.
Last season Randall, a 6-5, 255-pound Muskegon Heights native, started 11 games and played in all 12. He had 20 total receptions for 255 yards and three touchdowns.
If Knott is on the injured list, Walters, a redshirt junior, would be the No. 2 tight end. The 6-3 Clackamas, Ore., native has yet to play a down for the Spartans.