Michigan St. Spartans center Travis Jackson will undergo surgery to repair his broken right fibula and will miss the remainder of the 2012 season, according to MLive's Diamond Leung. Jackson broke his leg in the second quarter of the Spartans' 17-16 loss to Ohio State. He is expected to be back for spring practice next year.
Jackson is a sophomore who has started since coming to East Lansing. His teammates are taking his loss hard:
"I just feel bad for him," right guard Chris McDonald said. "He loves the game so much, and he wants to be with us."
Ethan Ruhland, a fifth-year senior, will replace Jackson at center. Ruhland started at left guard for the Spartans against Notre Dame. Without Jackson, Michigan State struggled to run the ball against Ohio State, compiling only 34 rushing yards on the afternoon. The offensive line should have time to gel this week, though, as MSU travels to Bloomington to take on Indiana.