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Lawrence Thomas could play on both sides of ball in Michigan State's bowl game

The Spartans are considering using the redshirt freshman as a two-way player against the Horned Frogs later this month.

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Michigan State redshirt freshman Lawrence Thomas could potentially play both offense and defense for the Spartans in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl later this month, Mike Griffith of MLive writes. The Detroit native has been preparing to play both fullback and defensive end against the TCU Horned Frogs of late.

Thomas, an impressive 6'3", 295-pound athlete, has appeared at both positions for Michigan State this season, but it would be something different to see him play both positions in a single game, let alone a bowl game.

"We want to get L.T. playing on defense, and we want him to have some opportunities to play on defense in the bowl game," Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said. "But I think it's important he continue to play on offense, because he's a factor right now."

The Spartans (6-6) take on the Horned Frogs (7-5) at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, on Dec. 29.