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Michigan State AD Mark Hollis offered a vote of confidence for HC Mark Dantonio.

"I have high confidence and it’s almost trite saying it: Coach (Dantonio) is a great football coach. Kids are changing today, the game is changing," Hollis said. "I think you’re seeing a lot of different variables that are out there of which was sort of the perfect storm for Michigan State last year." The Spartans made the initial CFB Playoff in 2015, after which they were subsequently trounced by Alabama. They then fell off to a nightmare 3-9 record during the past season. Prior to that bottoming out, the Spartans had turned in three consecutive seasons of double-digit wins.
Aug 10 - 8:48 PM

Former Michigan State DE Auston Robertson plans on attending and playing for Garden City Community College.

Robertson is facing charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and the details are disgusting. He was dismissed in April. It is worth noting attending the Kansas JUCO is just a "plan" at this time, nothing is official.
Source: MLive
Jul 26 - 10:52 AM

Michigan State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 LB Chase Kline.

Kline (6'3/225) opted for Michigan State over Purdue. "Right now they have me fitting in as the ‘Money’ linebacker. It’s their blitzer, their playmaker," he explained of his potential future role with Sparty. "They say I have the ability to line up on the edge and move me around a lot, which their Money linebacker does." Rivals analyst Josh Helmholdt views Kline as one of the more underrated prospects in the 2018 cycle, noting that he was "aggressive, rangy, more than competent in space and just plain impressive" at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Columbus back in May.
Source: Rivals
Jul 25 - 5:11 PM

Michigan State HC Mike Dantonio said that redshirt sophomore QB Brian Lewerke is a "cut above" the other quarterbacks on the roster.

No surprise, there. Dantonio said earlier this summer that Lewerke (6'3/215) was "clearly the starter heading into the offseason." Nothing has changed in the interim and barring injury, we do not expect the redshirt sophomore to slide off the top of the depth chart in August camp. Lewerke saw the field in four games last season, including two starts. He is expected to be at full health for the coming campaign after sustaining a season-ending broken left tibia last fall.
Source: Land of 10
Jul 24 - 3:15 PM

According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, former Michigan State redshirt junior CB Vayante Copeland has "terrific upside."

Unfortunately, Copeland no longer has a team after MSU HC Mark Dantonio booted him in June for unspecified reasons. Copeland struggled with injuries last year, but Pauline was "impressed with his game" in 2015. The analyst believes Copeland "offers starting potential at the next level" if he can stay healthy and improves his game. First, Copeland needs to find a school.
Jul 19 - 2:40 PM

According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Michigan State junior RB LJ Scott is "far and away" the best NFL prospect on Sparty's roster.

"He’s a bigger ball carrier who pounds opponents on the inside while also showing surprising quickness around the corner," Pauline wrote. "On film I was surprised how Scott equally ran over defenders or made them miss with quick-footed moves. He’s also a solid pass catcher out of the backfield." The 6-foot, 233-pound Scott ran for 994 yards and six touchdowns while working to a 5.4 ypc average during the 2016 season. "Presently I grade Scott as a third-rounder but believe he could move into the draft’s top 45 picks if all goes well," Pauline wrote.
Jul 17 - 5:24 PM

247Sports' Jeremy Warnemuende writes that Michigan State redshirt sophomore TE Matt Sokol is "by far the most experienced of the (tight end) bunch."

Warnemuende fully expects Sokol (6'6/248) to serve as the team's No. 1 tight end for the coming season, with Noah Davis slotting in behind him on the depth chart. During the past campaign, the redshirt sophomore caught two passes for 26 yards. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom likes him as a sleeper option at the position for fantasy purposes, ranking him as the No. 39 tight end in all the land.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 16 - 3:57 PM

Michigan State sophomore WR Trishton Jackson caught eight passes for 168 yards in the team's spring game.

Jackson (6'1/183) hauled in just five passes as a true freshman last season, but in a sign of just how green the MSU receiving corp is this year, those five catches are second-most among returning wideouts. He ranked as Scout.com's No. 157 overall prospect for the 2016 cycle and could potentially work his way into a go-to role this season. ESPN believes he could catch in excess of 65 passes during the coming campaign.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 11 - 2:54 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior DE Demetrius Cooper's status with the team remains uncertain.

Cooper made a plea agreement after being accused of spitting in the face of a police officer last autumn, and then he reportedly violated the initial agreement by consuming alcohol on April 21. If he's dismissed, Sparty will have only two returning starters on what was a bad defense in the first place.
Source: MLive
Jun 30 - 3:01 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Michigan State senior C Brian Allen as the No. 5 senior draft prospect at his position.

Allen (6'2/305) started all 12 games for the Spartans last season and has started 15 consecutive contests dating back to the tail end of the 2015 campaign. He earned second-team All-Big Ten recognition from the media and third-team honors from the media at the end of the past season. This spring, Allen landed on the Rimington Trophy Watch List. Walter Football's Charlie Campbell views him as a potential Day 3 selection heading into the 2017 season.
Jun 26 - 6:35 PM

Michigan State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 DE Jacob Slade.

While Slade is listed as a defensive end on Scout.com, Michigan State is probably looking to utilize him at defensive tackle. Scout analyst Bill Greene writes that the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder "will probably be a 3-technique tackle in the Spartan defense, looking to shoot gaps and disrupt plays behind the line of scrimmage by using his quickness." In a fun note of sorts, Slade's twin brother, Zach (a defensive end) has also committed to Michigan State.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 26 - 1:43 PM

Boston College and Michigan State announced a future home-and-home series.

The Eagles will host the Spartans in Chestnut Hill on Sept. 21, 2024 at Alumni Stadium. Boston College will return the favor at East Lansing’s Spartan Stadium on Sept. 20, 2025. "Philosophically we want to play a strong schedule and adding a future opponent the caliber of Michigan State fits what we want to accomplish," said BC athletic director Martin Jarmond in a statement.
Jun 21 - 1:19 PM

Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio confirmed that he will now allow former redshirt sophomore DE Cassius Peat to return to the team.

"We’ve been in contact with Cassius throughout this semester," Dantonio said according to mlive.com. "There’s certain things that you’ve got to get done before you can come back. It’s one of those things, but I don’t want to speak bad about anybody." Peat signed with Michigan State in 2015, took a redshirt as a true freshman, and then transferred to the JUCO ranks for a year. Peat announced in early March that he would transfer back to East Lansing, but obviously that won't be happening.
Jun 14 - 1:14 PM

Michigan State consultant Sheldon White has been named the director of player personnel.

White, a former member of the Detroit Lions front office, was brought on by the Spartans as a consultant last July. Said HC Mark Dantonio of White's new role, "He gives us a great person to bounce things off of, especially in terms of player development, player expertise and things of that nature." His son, Cody White, signed with Michigan State as a three-star recruit in February.
Source: mlive.com
Jun 13 - 8:38 PM

Michigan State OL coach Mark Staten has been promoted to assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator.

"It's just going to back to what I came in doing," Staten said, "and then with the associate head coach title, it's trying to help coach D with some of the burden and taking that off of his shoulders." He began to take on an increased role in recruiting when Michigan State initially suspended staff member Curtis Blackwell for his role in an alleged sexual assault. Blackwell has since been fired. Staten will continue to work as offensive line coach even with his promotion and expanded duties. He has been with the Spartans for 11 seasons and has coached under HC Mark Dantonio for 14 seasons.
Source: mlive.com
Jun 13 - 8:20 PM


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