Joel Foreman gives up starting spot

Michigan State senior Arthur Ray Jr., who was diagnosed with leg cancer shortly after signing with the Spartans in 2007 and had never played a college game, started at left guard Friday night against Youngstown State.

Ray got the call after senior Joel Foreman, an All-Big Ten performer who had started 22 straight games, asked the coaching staff to let Ray take his place.

Ray underwent chemotherapy and had surgery to remove a tumor near the calf on his left leg. An infection later forced him to leave school. He had been medically disqualified so as not to count against Michigan State's scholarship limits, but he received a waiver that allowed him to return to practice this spring.

Ray played the first offensive snap for Michigan State and then was replaced by Foreman.

Brian Bennett covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com.