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Michigan State four-star 2018 verbal WR commit Joseph Scates said that he is "still solid to Michigan State."

Scates name-checked Ohio State, Alabama, Penn State and Pitt as a few of the programs doggedly pursuing him despite his current pledge. At least for the time being, the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder is not ready to budge away from his MSU commitment. On Monday, he was on hand for the Best of the Midwest Combine camp. "Showing great size and quickness in and out of his breaks," writes Scout.com's Bill Greene, "Scates was a handful for every defensive back that tried to check him." Scout ranks him as the No. 108 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 21 - 6:25 PM

Michigan State redshirt sophomore QB Brian Lewerke (leg) enters spring practice as the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart.

Lewerke will compete with Damion Terry and Messiah deWeaver for QB1 duties. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound sophomore-to-be Lewerke flashed some potential in limited time last season before breaking his leg in November. That injury ended his season.
Source: Land of 10
Feb 21 - 1:14 PM

Michigan State approved a one-year contract extension for HC Mark Dantonio.

This was something of a formality, as the six-year contract Dantonio signed last January had a provision for annual renewal. His new deal will run through January, 2023. After the extension was approved, school president Lou Anna K. Simon addressed the off-field turmoil surrounding the Spartans -- three players and a staffer have been indefinitely suspended pending an investigation into an alleged sexual assault -- saying, "My sense is that, if we had anything to be concerned about, we wouldn’t have moved forward with the action today. We’re still looking at everything, because it’s in his interest, as well."
Feb 18 - 2:45 PM

Michigan State S Demetrious Cox was not invited the NFL Combine.

It's a steep fall from glory for a prospect who entered the 2016 campaign with a Round 1 grade from Tony Pauline. A four-year letterwinner at MSU, Cox finished his career with 166 tackles, 14 pass break-ups, 5.5 TFL, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries across 51 career games, 25 of which were starts (16 at safety, nine at cornerback)
Feb 17 - 3:04 PM

Of the 2016 NFL Combine participants, 35 percent were not drafted, according to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports.

15 percent of the players drafted last spring did not attend the NFL Combine. This is always valuable information to keep in mind as we approach the NFL Combine. Rich Hribar has produced great work on the impact on non-invited wide receivers and their limited success in the NFL.
Feb 15 - 10:09 AM

Michigan State director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell has been suspended with pay.

Michigan State issued indefinite suspensions to a trio of players and a staff member for their role in an alleged sexual assault earlier this month. While the three players in question have not yet been named, the program confirmed with Mlive.com that Blackwell is the suspended staff member in question. He has been with the Spartans since 2013.
Source: mlive.com
Feb 14 - 6:34 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior DE Demetrius Cooper was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

The charge stems from a late October incident in which Cooper allegedly spit in the face of an East Lansing parking officer. Cooper says he told the officer he should spit on him but never did. Cooper started 11 games last season. He has 55 tackles, 14.5 TFL and 8.5 sacks across 38 career games. The school hasn't yet commented on the incident.
Feb 10 - 2:41 PM

Michigan State indefinitely suspended three players in relation to an investigation into a possible sexual assault.

Not much information is available at this juncture -- for instance, the names of the players in question have yet to surface -- but in a statement, Michigan State said, "As part of the criminal investigation, detectives are interviewing members of the coaching staff and other relevant individuals regarding their response since the complaint was made in late January." Not only was the trio of players suspended indefinitely pending investigation, they have also been "removed from on-campus housing." Further information regarding this case figures to surface in the coming days and weeks.
Source: msu.edu
Feb 9 - 5:45 PM

Michigan State sophomore OL Thiyo Lukusa has retired.

Lukusa admitted to the Detroit Free Press that he has not felt passionately about football since his sophomore or junior year in high school. His decision to step away from the Spartans clarified in December. "I went home for Christmas and had a great time with my family Up North -- just being away from football and doing other things and working out and playing basketball and running," said the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder. He is now enrolled at Northwestern Michigan College and is studying criminal justice with the hope of one day working at the CIA or FBI. ESPN ranked him as the No. 30 offensive tackle prospect in the 2016 class.
Feb 7 - 5:37 PM

One NFC scout told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein that he believes Michigan State DL Malik McDowell has a chance of becoming a dominant NFL player.

"I mean dominant," the NFC North scout said. "He's just a little lazy and I worry about whether he is going to be a self-starter." Expect McDowell to receive physical comparisons to Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner, two defensive linemen recently selected in the first round. McDowell miss the final few games of the season with an undisclosed injury. Many will view McDowell's 2016 season as a disappointment compared to previous years, but perhaps that goes back to the "lazy" label.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 6 - 9:26 AM

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


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