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Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett had three catches for 45 yards and two touchdowns in a 73-14 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

Both of Lippett's touchdown catches came in the first quarter, after which Sparty already led 28-0. As you can imagine, Lippett's services weren't needed for the entirety of the contest. An AFC scout told NFL.com earlier this month that Lippett's improvement "has been dramatic in less than a year's time." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Lippett as a Round 5 prospect over the summer.
Sep 21 - 6:57 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed five of six passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 73-14 win over Eastern Michigan.

Simply put, Cook was not needed in this contest and also added another rushing touchdown. Cook's two passing scores were converted from 23 and eight yards out. The junior has plenty to work on, namely a willingness to hand in the pocket on a consistent basis and manipulate the pocket against pressure, but he also has plenty of positive traits.
Sep 20 - 3:32 PM

Mlive.com reports that Michigan State redshirt senior guard Connor Kruse could be back in the Spartans lineup as early as next week, according to offensive line coach Mark Staten.

The 6-foot-5, 325 pound Kruse has been dealing with a leg injury since Michigan State’s Aug. 16th scrimmage. In Kruse's absence, right tackle Donavon Clark moved inside to right guard while forcing sophomore Kodi Kieler into a starting role on the outside at right tackle. With Kruse's return he'll "bring great leadership" back to the Spartans' huddle according to MSU's OL coach Mark Staten.
Source: Mlive.com
Sep 17 - 3:53 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett's improvement "has been dramatic in less than a year's time," according to an AFC scout.

"[The scout] said the redshirt senior carries himself differently and that he embraces the role of being a No. 1 wide receiver on a top team," NFL.com passed along. Draft experts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis concluded: "Lippett went long stretches without getting the ball in Saturday's loss to Oregon, but he never became discouraged and continued to block downfield. When the Spartans did go to him, he used his body well and showed good hands. Lippett, who has the third-most receiving yards (300) among FBS receivers, is tough to bring down after the catch, too. He deserves to be on the radar of NFL scouts."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 10 - 8:23 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun hurt his stock as he "struggled to put much pressure on the Ducks' backfield," according to CBS Sports Dane Brugler.

"While Oregon's Jake Fisher helped himself on Saturday with his performance, it was the opposite for Calhoun who struggled to put much pressure on the Ducks' backfield, Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound Calhoun only had four tackles on Saturday, with very little disruption in the backfield, while failing to record a sack. The Spartans prospect also missed some snaps due to a wrist injury, which Calhoun said after the game will be fine.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 9 - 3:59 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Michigan State QB Connor Cook "has a chance to be a first round prospect, despite the Spartans loss in Eugene over the weekend."

"But through two games in 2014, nothing has changed my opinion that Cook has a chance to be a first round prospect, despite the Spartans loss in Eugene over the weekend," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Cook, completed 29 of 47 attempts for 343 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 46-27 loss to Oregon. Brugler notes that despite throwing a pair of interceptions, Cook performed well "in one of the most hostile environments" and "on the opposite coast, Cook had more positives than negatives."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 9 - 3:46 PM

Michigan State senior S Kurtis Drummond stock fell to late-round status during Saturday's lackluster performance against Oregon, wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Drummond has been a favorite of mine the past two seasons and was stamped as a third round prospect entering the 2014 campaign," Pauline wrote. "During the loss to Oregon he looked more like a late round guy. Drummond blew several coverage assignments which resulted in big plays for the Ducks and at times looked lost in coverage. This is the sort of film that will be a conversation piece for scouts as they question Drummond’s high ranking." Mel Kiper's No. 2 preseason senior safety entered the season with 161 tackles, eight interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 39 games. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote in June that Drummond is an "ideal safety to place in an aggressive scheme at the next level."
Sep 8 - 8:29 PM

Michigan State QB Connor Cook completed 29 of 47 attempts for 343 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 46-27 loss to Oregon.

Twitter's reaction to Cook throughout this game was priceless, as many were impressed for the first time. Cook can very, very good in a clean pocket, throwing lasers to the sideline or across the middle of the field. However, as much as we like Cook's talent, his issues against pressure are indisputable. A few examples stick out. One, Cook dropped his eyes in the first half, panicked in the pocket and threw a horrible interception. Second, Cook later dropped his eyes again and phantom sacked himself in the pocket. Every quarterback has flaws after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Cook has flashed pocket movement in the first two games of the season, but it is not nearly consistent enough.
Sep 7 - 10:32 AM

All eyes will be on Michigan State senior S Kurtis Drummond to see how he handles a leadership role with Darqueze Dennard, Denicos Allen and Max Bullough off to the NFL, notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"[Drummond] is a well-rounded player with the anticipation and pursuit downhill to close in the ground game while also showing the coordinated body control and timing in coverage to make plays in pass defense," Brugler wrote. "Drummond has a lean body type and needs to consistently finish once he makes contact with the ballcarrier, but he understands angles and plays with the confidence needed at the position." Mel Kiper's No. 2 senior safety entered the season with 161 tackles, eight interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 39 games.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 4 - 5:46 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun faces an "excellent test" when he faces "an athletic and versatile offense" on Saturday against Oregon, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Calhoun bends well off the edge with natural flexibility and coordination in space to easily change directions, something that will be tested when Oregon threatens the edges," Brugler wrote. "Calhoun needs to develop a functional power element to his game and his snap anticipation and technique are both underdeveloped, but the unpolished skill-set shows a lot of promise and facing an athletic and versatile offense will be an excellent test." Calhoun, 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, recorded 7.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and 18 quarterback hurries last season, tying for the NCAA lead with three defensive touchdowns. NFL.com ranked him as the seventh-best player in college football over the summer.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 4 - 4:19 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford "needs to show improved patience to work around his blockers" against Oregon.

"Against Oregon he needs to show improved patience to work around his blockers, but will also be heavily relied upon in the screen game and in pass protection – two areas that will promise him early playing time in the NFL," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-0, 206 pound Langford limped off the field twice in Friday's game with an apparent ankle injury, but has insisted that he'll be 100 percent against Oregon. Last week, the Spartans prospect rushed for 13 times for 57 yards against Jacksonville State.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 4 - 3:31 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook believes the hit by Jacksonville State's Folo Johnson's on him "was a pretty bad cheap shot."

"I thought it was a pretty bad cheap shot," Cook told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "I’ve seen a lot of hits, growing up, watching TV and stuff like that. I’ve never seen a hit like that, so low and so late. I thought it was a really dirty hit. But I’m glad things aren’t as bad as it looked." On Cook's first big throw of the game, he took the low hit to the knee after releasing the ball on the move. Cook limped off the field, but did not have to miss any plays. The Spartans prospect was almost close to perfect in the Spartans 45-7 win, throwing only one incompletion on the day, passing for 285 yards and three touchdowns before sitting out the rest of the second half out.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 3 - 8:32 AM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 12 of 13 attempts for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 45-7 win over Jacksonville State.

Cook only played one half, but looked impressive. On Cook's first big throw of the game, he climbed and escaped the pocket to the right and took a nasty hit to the knee after releasing the ball on the move. Cook hobbled to the bench and needed assistance getting there, but was able to return very quickly. Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston top quarterback lists, however, Cook should be mentioned more frequently as the third option.
Aug 30 - 9:13 AM

NFL.com ranks Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun as the No. 7 player in college football.

"Disruptive edge player with exceptional strength, power and body control. Rare defender capable of destroying the run or pass from the corner," Bucky Brooks said. Calhoun, 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, recorded 7.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and 18 quarterback hurries last season. He also tied for the NCAA lead by scoring three defensive touchdowns, which helped Calhoun earn several All-American votes. "Rushes off the edge, and gets home like a fast-breaking basketball player," Charles Davis said. Mike Huguenin added: "He was often overlooked on his own defense last season. But that won't be the case this season, when he will show he is the best defensive lineman in a league with a lot of them."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 23 - 11:50 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook was not named one of the school's three captains.

Senior safety Kurtis Drummond, junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun and senior offensive lineman Travis Jackson were named the three captains. Beat writer Joe Rexrode calls the outcome "somewhat surprising, not shocking." 2014 was Cook's first year as a starter. He displayed plenty of upside, but development in the form of poised pocket would be nice to see.
Aug 21 - 2:39 PM


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