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Michigan State redshirt senior G Brandon Clemons has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.

Clemons, who graduated with a psychology degree in December, will be seeking a second degree (in sociology) this fall. With the Spartans looking to replace Jack Conklin, Jack Allen and Donavon Clark along the line, the 6-foot-3, 303-pound Clemons figures to have opportunities come August camp. In a statement, HC Mark Dantonio said, "Brandon has been part of a winning culture here the past five years and we’re excited he’s getting the opportunity to maintain that level of excellence for his sixth season. He’s everything you’re looking for in a quality student-athlete."
Jun 22 - 12:24 PM

FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel says it would be a "shocker" if Michigan State redshirt senior QB Tyler O'Connor does not start the opener.

O'Connor built a big lead on junior Damion Terry and redshirt freshman Brian Lewerke for the starting job this spring, but HC Mark Dantonio has yet to name a starter. That'll happen in August.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 20 - 5:08 PM

Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz believes Michigan State junior DT Malik McDowell's game could make a DeForest Buckner-like leap this fall.

At 6-foot-6, 285-pounds with 33 inch-arms, McDowell's frame is strikingly similarly to that of Buckner's 6-foot-7, 291 pounds with 34 3/8-inch arms. Liskiewitz notes that McDowell's tape shows a player who struggles with double teams when shading the center as a 1-technique, partly because his large frame makes it difficult to anchor. Oregon did Buckner the favor of moving him all over so offensive lines couldn't sic multiple blockers on him throughout the game, but he did exhibit the "same issues with his height, leverage and lower body strength as McDowell." Oregon asked Buckner to play a hybrid 3-4 DE role, while McDowell has functioned as a 4-3 DT. In 636 snaps last year, McDowell had 22 stops and 39 total pressures. PFF graded him No. 10 among returning interior linemen.
Jun 16 - 7:37 PM

Michigan State junior DT Malik McDowell lost weight this offseason to prepare to be moved around the defensive formation.

The Spartans defensive braintrust is cleverly planning to deploy McDowell similarly to how Oregon used DeForest Buckner last year. Moving McDowell around will mean that the interior of offensive lines can't simply key on him with double teams every play. McDowell had 41 tackles and 13 TFL as part of a rotation during his sophomore campaign. Expect more this fall as his playing time increases and Sparty moves him around the line based on matchups. "He has the potential to be the Spartans' best run-stuffer on first and second down and then their most explosive pass-rusher on third down," ESPN's Dan Murphy wrote. "The myriad ways Michigan State could use a weapon like McDowell makes him extremely hard to replace."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 5:10 PM

Michigan State senior LB Ed Davis will need to complete summer courses before he applies for a medical redshirt.

Davis missed the 2015 season with a knee injury and is seeking an additional year of eligibility for the coming season. The snag comes in the fact that Davis did not graduate in May. He needs to do so before he can even apply to the NCAA for the medical redshirt. Making matters even stickier, the summer session at Michigan State doesn't end until August 18. That date, falling just a shade over two weeks before the start of the regular season. And then the NCAA would have to jump into action in order for Davis to be eligible. Dicey. Very dicey. In a healthy 2014 season, the 6-foot-3, 233-pounder registered 58 tackles (12.5 for loss) and 7.5 sacks.
Source: mlive.com
Jun 11 - 3:58 PM

Buffalo redshirt freshman TE Matt Seybert transferred to Michigan State.

A 2015 two-star recruit, Seybert took a redshirt last year. He'll have three years eligibility remaining starting in 2017.
Jun 7 - 7:07 PM

A pair of NFL general managers assigned a portion of the blame for Michigan State QB Connor Cook's slide to the fourth round in the draft to HC Mark Dantonio.

According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, the NFL executives said that some of the general "bad teammate talk" surrounding Cook was the result of the fact that Dantonio limits scout-exposure during practices to only a matter of minutes. Essentially, the scouts simply didn't have very much actual, first-hand knowledge as to how Cook acted around his teammates, which caused things like "not being named a captain" to carry more weight than they otherwise might have. In Cook's case, it is a moot point now, but something to keep in mind down the road.
Jun 4 - 6:46 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior QB Tyler O'Connor exited the spring with a big lead on Damion Terry for the starting job.

This competition hasn't been shut down yet, but O'Connor will begin with a sizeable head start this summer. Whoever Connor Cook's heir apparent turns out to be, he'll have a strong supporting cast around him. RB L.J. Scott has been called Sparty's new-age Le'Veon Bell and the receiving group, headlined by R.J. Shelton, Donnie Corley and Cam Chambers and filled out by high-profile recruits, is deep.
May 20 - 9:11 PM

Michigan State graduate DT Kevin Williams said that "their defense fits me well."

The oft-injured Williams transferred from Nebraska after the close of the 2015 season, but kept his business in the Big Ten by joining Michigan State. The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder said, "They like my quickness, the way I use my hands. They’re a team that likes to get vertical, so my quickness off the ball and lateral quickness really fits their scheme. They like to get after it really aggressively and attack." Serious knee injuries knocked him out of commission in 2011 and 2013 (he was also waylaid by a groin woe in 2015), but he indicated that he is "all healed up from that stuff."
May 17 - 11:45 PM

Michigan State senior TE Jamal Lyles caught three passes for 56 yards during the team's spring game.

Lyles' 56 yards receiving led the team. After the spring fling, HC Mark Dantonio shined a spotlight on the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder while speaking with the media. "I thought Jamal Lyles played well today. I thought he made a move, had a big defensive tackle for a loss. I think he's had a good spring," Dantonio said. As for that "big defensive tackles for loss," Lyles (a tight end by trade) also lined up at defensive end during the game, recording a sack and two tackles for loss in the process. Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis noted that he "has the size to evolve into a pass-rusher if necessary, which could be a nice option as the Spartans look to replace three starters on the defensive line."
May 17 - 2:13 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Michigan State junior DT Malik McDowell No. 6 on his Big Board.

"A versatile, highly athletic interior defender who can be moved anywhere along the line, McDowell has length and strength," he wrote. "Sparty lost a lot of talent on the defensive line to the 2016 draft, so McDowell faces a lot of pressure." The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder had 13 TFL as a true sophomore and even returned an interception for a touchdown against Penn State.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 12:41 PM

Per 247Sports' Mike Wilson, Nebraska graduate DT Kevin Williams will transfer to Michigan State.

Chalk this one up as a win for Sparty. It becomes even more of a win given that, on Friday, it was revealed that DT Damon Knox would leave the program to pursue a career in law enforcement. Williams was lost to knee injuries in both 2011 and 2013. The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder started two games and appeared in eight during the 2015 campaign. He should provide crucial depth along a line that needs it in 2016.
May 15 - 7:37 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior DT Damon Knox has left the football program to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Mark Dantonio fought the law and the law won? Well, the law won out for Knox's heart, anyway. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder had one year of eligibility remaining, but did not even waste his sweet time on the required waiver paperwork. This is a tough one for Michigan State, as Knox (who did participate in spring practice) came out of April as a probable starter along a thin defensive line. Malik McDowell is the lone DL starter from 2015 to return for the 2016 campaign. In a statement, Dantonio said, "Damon has been a major contributor to our success the past five years. We appreciate his time and commitment to the Michigan State football program and wish him the best in his future endeavors."
May 14 - 8:08 PM

Michigan State junior RB Delton Williams took reps as a fullback this spring.

ESPN's Dan Murphy has tagged Williams as Sparty's most versatile player, writing, "The move from tailback to fullback isn't far, but having the body and knowledge to jump between the two spots at a moment's notice is difficult." HC Mark Dantonio was the one who suggested the 6-foot-1, 228-pounder take a shot at the new position. Williams also kicked around the idea of trying his hand at either linebacker or safety. He was suspended from the team for brandishing a firearm in public last spring, but Dantonio brought him back into the fold in August.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 4:42 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney expects Michigan State sophomore RB L.J. Scott to break out in a big way this fall.

The 6-foot, 233-pounder is often compared to former Spartan RB Le'Veon Bell. Scott rushed for 699 yards and 11 touchdowns as a true freshman and will see a greatly increased workload this fall. While Scott won't match Bell's 382 carries in 2012, the coaching staff wants him in the upper-200s.
Source: ESPN.com
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