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Quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. notes the growth of "confidence" in Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook.

"He's one of those guys who now has the pilot light on inside, and with more experience, that confidence will bode well. The most dangerous thing you can have in a quarterback is confidence, and that guy has it," Whitfield Jr. said. When the 6-foot-4, 220 pound prospect started working with Whitfield Jr., he was trying to win the No. 2 QB spot for the Spartans. After a couple of games in, Cook took the reigns as the starter last year and became the first QB ever to beat Ohio State, Michigan and Stanford and become the Rose Bowl MVP. Our own Josh Norris, projects him as a first-round pick in next years draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 11 - 5:31 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Michigan State S Kurtis Drummond as the No. 2 senior safety.

"A key cog in the 'No Fly Zone' secondary, Drummond has great instincts, reads the quarterback's eyes effectively, and consistently jumps underneath throws," Kiper wrote. "He has very good ball skills, and he is an excellent playmaker in the backfield, where he takes great angles to the ball and is a willing tackler." Drummond has collected 161 tackles, eight interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 39 career games. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote earlier this month that Drummond is an "ideal safety to place in an aggressive scheme at the next level."
Jun 29 - 3:57 PM

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio confirmed sophomore QB Damion Terry suffered a torn left labrum (non-throwing) and underwent shoulder surgery.

"I expect him back by the first game," Dantonio said, though he didn't comment on Terry’s availability for summer camp starting in early August. Terry lost out to Connor Cook for the starting job last summer. Now, he'll have to fend off sophomore Tyler O’Connor for backup duties. The former four-star recruit was the No. 16 pro-style quarterback in the country coming out of high school in 2013.
Jun 18 - 9:04 PM

Michigan State C John Allen credits his wrestling background as the foundation of his success in the trenches.

"Every time you snap the football," John said, "it's like a wrestling match for the first couple seconds." Leverage and hand use are very important for offensive and defensive linemen, and some position coaches are fond of prospects with this sort of background. Michigan State will attempt to continue their hot streak, which started last season.
Source: ESPN
Jun 12 - 11:42 AM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks sees Michigan State junior S Kurtis Drummond as an "ideal safety to place in an aggressive scheme at the next level."

Brooks writes that Drummond is "firmly entrenched" on his preseason list of the best defensive backs in the nation because he's a star safety with "strong instincts, awareness and ball skills." Drummond has collected 161 tackles, eight interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 39 games. "Most importantly, he is a menacing presence in the middle of the field, with a penchant for delivering bone-jarring hits on receivers running down the seams," Brooks wrote. "With intimidation and turnovers playing key roles in determining the outcome of a game, Drummond is the ideal safety to place in an aggressive scheme at the next level." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that Drummond is an "active, confident player," and one of the top safeties in the 2014 class.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 4 - 7:40 PM

High school QB and Michigan State commit Jayru Campbell has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault.

The Cass Tech (Mich.) signal caller was originally charged with felony assault with intent to do great bodily harm when he body slammed a school security guard who asked him to remove a hood. That charge was dropped as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Campbell received 15 months' probation, 75 hours community service, and was ordered to pay over $700 in fees and fines, undergo anger management and submit to random drug screenings. Campbell, a four-star recruit, is the No. 9 dual-threat QB in the class of 2015. He also holds offers from Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, and his commitment to the Spartans is not binding (nor is the offer itself, it should be added).
May 30 - 11:46 PM

NFL scouts are "already buzzing about the pro prospects" of Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"Big, fast and physical are the traits defensive coaches covet in defensive ends at the pro level," Brooks wrote in succinct explanation. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder with long arms collected 7.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and an interception last season, all while tying for the FBS lead with three defensive touchdowns. Brooks compared him with seven-time Pro Bowler Michael Strahan in November. "Calhoun is a stout player at the point of attack, exhibiting brute strength and power on the edge," Brooks wrote. "Although he flashes enough speed and quickness to get home on speed rushes, he is a street fighter adept at pummeling opponents with force. Thus, Calhoun is ideally suited to play left defensive end in a scheme that allows him to wreak havoc against the run or pass from the strong side."
Source: NFL.com
May 30 - 11:21 PM

Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford could be the Big 10's best running back, believes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Langford, often forgotten in QB Connor Cook's shadow, exceeded the 100-yard mark in eight of the Spartans' last nine games in 2013. Langford exhibits "a smooth running style that masks his strength and power as a downhill runner," writes Brooks. "Additionally, Langford flashed solid receiving skills, which make him a potential three-down back at the next level." Langford is also a sure-handed runner that doesn't often put the ball on the carpet or make silly mistakes.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 3:35 PM

Michigan State might have found a "gem" in freshman LB Chris Frey, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

"Heard (Frey) is one of rare guys who seems faster in pads than without," Feldman tweeted. The freshman is from Ohio. Michigan State lost veteran linebackers in Max Bullough and Denicos Allen, so someone will have to step up on a defense with plenty of talent.
May 23 - 12:07 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook "could make a major move up the charts this season."

"He displayed the poise, moxie and resiliency to make big plays in a high-pressure environment with the game on the line in those contests," Brooks wrote. "Additionally, Cook showcased the pocket-passing skills and arm strength to thrive in an offense that places the burden on the quarterback to create plays in the passing game." Michigan State is expected to open up the offense to tailor its attack to the squad's personnel in 2014, schematic changes that will spotlight Cook's strengths. Cook is also a favorite of Josh Norris, who projects him as a first-round pick next year.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 8:56 PM

CBS Sports'Dane Brugler mentioned that Michigan State's Kurtis Drummond is the "top safety" he's studied.

"Working on 2015 senior prospects tonight. So far MichiganState FS Kurtis Drummond is the top safety I've studied. Active, confident player," Brugler tweeted. Drummond will lead the Spartans secondary group with the departure of All-American CB Darqueze Dennard and All-Big Ten safety Isaiah Lewis. The three-year starter has started in a team-high 21 consecutive games at safety and has 161 tackles and 18 passes defended with eight interceptions and 10 pass break-ups.
May 21 - 11:44 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard was one of the top first-round value picks.

The Bengals grabbed Dennard with the No. 24 overall pick. "He dropped a bit because of durability concerns, but assuming he stays on the field he could wind up as one of the 10-15 best players in this class," McShay wrote. "He isn't a burner and didn't pick off a ton of passes, but he's Velcro in coverage, sticking to receivers with great instincts, quickness and body control in press-man coverage." Dennard (5-foot-10 7/8, 199) earned the 2013 Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back. He'll likely be a quality starter from Day 1.
May 11 - 3:59 PM

Panthers signed Michigan State LB Denicos Allen.

Allen (5-foot-10 1/4, 225) spent most of his time at strong-side linebacker for the Spartans as one of the unsung heroes of the nation's No. 1-ranked defense. He finished his career with 46 tackles for loss and 19.5 sacks. A safety-linebacker "tweener" who turns 24 before his rookie year, Allen will have to carve out a special teams role in Carolina long before he contributes on defense. He only ran 4.74 at Michigan State's Pro Day, with a 29-inch vertical and 8-foot-9 broad jump.
May 11 - 3:21 PM

Texans signed Michigan State LB Max Bullough.

Bullough (6-foot-3 1/2, 249) was a third-team All-American as a senior, manning Mike 'backer in the Spartans' stingy defense. He logged 40 starts, 30.5 career tackles for loss, three interceptions, and four forced fumbles. Although Bullough has smarts (31 Wonderlic) and adequate straight-line speed (4.78 forty), he is tight-hipped and not an explosive mover (9-foot-4 broad jump). A coverage liability, he would have to be "protected" by scheme to handle meaningful defensive snaps. Ultimately, Bullough will likely be limited to a special teams role with the Texans.
May 11 - 2:15 PM

Bengals selected Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Corner was a glaring need for the Bengals with Terence Newman entering his age-36 season and Leon Hall coming off another Achilles' tear. Dennard (5-foot-10 7/8, 199) earned the 2013 Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back, and finished his career with ten interceptions across 40 starts. Although Dennard is not a straight-line burner (4.51 forty), he offers highly explosive short-area athleticism (11-foot-2 broad jump) and was one of college football's most physical cover men over the past three years. Dennard's playing style perfectly fits today's NFL as a press-man corner who disrupts routes. He projects as a quality early-career starter.
May 8 - 10:59 PM


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