Player News

Date:

Michigan State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 LB Antjuan Simmons.

Simmons worked as both a linebacker and a running back at Pioneer High in Ann Arbor, but he expects to ply his trade exclusively on the defensive side of the ball once he hits East Lansing. Said the 6-foot-1, 199-pounder, "I’ll have a similar role that I had in high school. I’ll be able to play in the box, outside the box and all that good stuff." Scout.com refers to Simmons as "[a] striker who likes contact and packs a punch as a hitter despite not being a traditionally big linebacker." They think he could stand to benefit from improved defensive technique against the pass as he begins his collegiate career with Michigan State.
Source: Rivals
Jan 15 - 11:30 AM

An AFC scout who spoke with NFL.com draft analyst Bucky Brooks called Michigan State DL Malik McDowell "the most frustrating prospect to evaluate."

"He can look like a Pro Bowler on one play and an undrafted prospect on the next. I don't really know what to do with him because he's talented, but he doesn't play to his potential at all times," the scout said. Brooks sees the same things in his evaluations, writing that the 6-foot-7, 276-pound defensive lineman has shown "shoddy technique and poor hand skills." Despite these concerns, McDowell has enough athletic upside that he figures to garner conversation as a possible second-round prospect as the draft process proper gets underway.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 13 - 8:01 PM

247Sports' Sean Scherer reports that Michigan State junior S Montae Nicholson will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

To be specific Scherer's source hears that Nicholson is "very, very, very, very, very likely to declare for the NFL draft." So there you go. The 6-foot-2, 219-pounder recorded 86 tackles (2.0 for loss) and an interception in 11 games this season. He probably would have been better served to return for his senior season to allow an additional year of development.
Source: 247Sports
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 05:50:00 PM

Michigan State junior DL Malik McDowell announced he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

McDowell is a highly regarded prospect, standing at 6-foot-7 and 290-pounds. The defensive lineman previously said he would only depart for the NFL if he was going to be selected with a top three pick, but there is no way of knowing that this far in advance. McDowell missed a number of games with an undisclosed injury, although some speculation pointed to an ankle issue. He registered 24.5 tackles for loss in three seasons, including 13 sacks.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:20:00 AM

Michigan State sophomore RB LJ Scott (lower body) returned to Saturday's game against Penn State after having been earlier ruled out.

Scott looked to have suffered a right leg injury in the first quarter. He was sent to the locker room and ruled out, but he returned to the game in third quarter.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 05:52:00 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior QB Damion Terry (undisclosed) won't return to Saturday's game against Penn State.

The Spartans finally turned to Terry as the starter against Penn State. He'd thrown for a career-high 101 passing yards at the time of his injury. While we're not entirely sure what his prognosis is, Terry reportedly went through a concussion protocol. Tyler O'Connor replaced him at quarterback.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 05:47:00 PM

Michigan HC Mark Dantonio indicated that redshirt senior QB Tyler O'Connor and redshirt junior QB Damion Terry will both play against Penn State on Saturday.

O'Connor has taken the bulk of quarterbacking starts for Sparty this season, throwing for 1,852 yards with a 16/9 TD/INT ratio. Terry has played considerably less, having attempted just 34 passes on the season. He will see additional opportunities this weekend due to the fact that backup/occasional-starter Brian Lewerke is recovering from a broken tibia. Michigan State limps into Saturday's showdown with the Nittany Lions holding a 3-8 record.
Source: Land of 10
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 04:34:00 PM

Michigan State junior DL Malik McDowell (undisclosed) is not listed on the depth chart for Saturday's game against Penn State.

McDowell has sat out each of MSU's last two games due to an undisclosed injury, speculated to be an ankle tweak of some variety. While he is not listed on this week's depth chart, his official playing status for Saturday remains undefined and there is still a chance the 6-foot-7, 190-pounder will be able to suit up against the Nittany Lions. In nine games this season, McDowell has registered 34 tackles (7.0 for loss) and 1.5 sacks.
Source: Land of 10
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Michigan State junior DL Malik McDowell is absent from the school's depth chart ahead of Saturday's game against Ohio State.

McDowell is dealing with an unspecified injury (local writers believe it is an ankle) and missed the school's last game against Rutgers. It would be a huge loss for the Spartans, who need to shut down Ohio State's offense, especially Curtis Samuel, to have a chance against the Buckeyes.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 11:50:00 AM

The Big Ten announced six Friday games for 2017.

Washington/Rutgers, Utah State/Wisconsin, Ohio/Purdue, Nebraska/Illinois, Northwestern/Maryland and Michigan State/Northwestern were the six contests announced for Friday nights in 2017. Michigan has flat-out refused to participate. Regardless, the conference is scheduled to roll out six Friday games per season through the 2022 season. The conference indicated that they are limiting their Friday loads to six games a season due in part to concerns over how this scheduling might affect high school recruiting.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 03:54:00 PM

Michigan State redshirt sophomore CB Vayante Copeland will not play for the remainder of the season due to a broken foot after being sidelined since October 15.

Prior to breaking his foot in practice, Copeland missed time with a hip injury. True freshman Justin Layne will likely start at boundary corner in Copeland's absence. Copeland suffered a season ending neck injury last September.
Source: 247 Sports
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 10:10:00 AM

Michigan State senior WR R.J. Shelton caught seven passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 31-27 loss to Illinois.

With the defeat, Michigan State -- a Playoff combatant last season -- will not be making a bowl game for the first time since 2006. They entered this season riding a string of three consecutive double-digit win campaigns. No more, no more. In all of this darkness, R.J. Shelton, who holds a 44-678-5 receiving line over nine games. That he still has an outside shot at 1,000 yards for the season is impressive given how much else has gone wrong with the Spartans.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior QB Tyler O'Connor will draw the start against Illinois on Saturday.

With Brian Lewerke sidelined due to a broken tibia, O'Connor was something of an easy choice to start this weekend. HC Mark Dantonio indicated that junior QB Damion Terry could also potentially see playing time. In parts of seven games, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound O'Connor has thrown for 1,341 yards with a 12/7 TD/INT ratio. Michigan State is currently mired in a six-game losing streak. They sit at 0-5 in the Big Ten. Contests against Illinois and Rutgers over the next two weekends will provide them legitimate chances to snap that win-less skid in conference. The Spartans close out on a considerably tougher two-step, though, against Ohio State and Penn State.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 01:06:00 PM

Michigan State redshirt freshman QB Brian Lewerke suffered a broken tibia in Saturday's loss to Michigan.

"We thought it was an ACL initially but it’s not," said HC Mark Dantonio. "So he’s out, and so that’s a tough blow for us." The 6-foot-3, 202-pounder broke his leg on a Jabrill Peppers sack during the fourth quarter of Saturday's defeat. He will sit out Sparty's final four games. Expect Tyler O'Connor to draw the start against Illinois this weekend.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 12:51:00 PM

Michigan State sophomore RB LJ Scott rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 32-23 loss to Michigan.

This was one of Scott's most impressive career games when you consider the context. Acting as the linchpin of an offense so inept that its three quarterbacks can't decide who's the worst, Scott rumbled through boxes stacked by the nation's top-ranked defense to the tune of 6.3 yards per carry. The 6-foot, 233-pounder has really come on over the past two games, a needed positive development in East Lansing. Scott had 699 yards and 11 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2015.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 04:30:00 PM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Stroup: NBA Waivers

    Stroup: NBA Waivers
  •  
    Stroup: Can You Trust Rondo?

    Stroup: Can You Trust Rondo?
  •  
    FanDuel NBA 6-Pack: Friday

    FanDuel NBA 6-Pack: Friday
  •  
    NBA: Waiver Worthy

    NBA: Waiver Worthy
  •  
    Dose: Martin

    Dose: Martin's suspension
  •  
    Dose: Resting Steelers?

    Dose: Resting Steelers?
  •  
    Dose: NFC North Clash

    Dose: NFC North Clash
  •  
    RotoPat: Wk 16 Rankings

    RotoPat: Wk 16 Rankings