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Justin Layne | Cornerback

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (20) / 1/12/1998
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 185

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Michigan State junior CB Justin Layne limped off the field during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against Purdue with an apparent left leg injury.
Layne's role within the team gained greater importance in the days prior to Saturday's game, as HC Mark Dantonio said that he would see some time at wide receiver moving forward. After leaving the field, the junior was replaced in the lineup by Shakur Brown. Oct 27 - 3:21 PM

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Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio said that junior CB Justin Layne will "play some offensive football" moving forward.

The Spartans were dealt a cruel blow over the weekend when lead WR Felton Davis III tore his Achilles against Michigan. They've been dinged up elsewhere in the receiving corps as well. While Dantonio said that the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Layne would be utilized as a depth piece on offense, just how much playing time he sees at wideout is an open question. Michigan State is also facing injury attrition in the secondary and Layne can only be called upon to fill so many gaps in the wounded ship.
Oct 23 - 8:20 PM

Michigan State's CB duo of sophomore Justin Layne and freshman Josiah Scott is considered one of the best in the nation.

Layne is following in the footsteps of former Spartan Tony Lippett, who opened his career as a receiver before picking up cornerback and being drafted at that position. The two possess unusual height for the position, which helps Layne matchup against the opponents' tall receiver.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 11:18:00 AM

Michigan State signed four-star WR Justin Layne.

Layne's part of a quartet of four-star wideouts to join HC Mark Dantonio's crew on National Signing Day. Said Dantonio at the time, "Our wide receiver group coming in will be outstanding." He indicated that he believes this class contains "big-play guys." The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Layne said that it wasn't until his sophomore year at Benedictine High that he truly saw football as his path to the future. He's also dabbled in basketball, track and karate.
Tue, Feb 16, 2016 09:00:00 PM