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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

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman believes Michigan State's Pat Narduzzi is the top candidate to turn a DC job into a HC gig.

Feldman calls Narduzzi the "best defensive coordinator in college football," citing the Spartans' D being the conference's top unit the past three years. "Last December, he turned down a shot to be the head coach at UConn, but he figures to have some even bigger opportunities this winter," Feldman writes. "He's also proven to be one of the best recruiters in the Big Ten." Narduzzi has pumped a number of prospects into the NFL over the last few years. He has never been a head coach at the college level.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 12 - 2:19 PM

Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford is an underrated prospect, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot, 206-pound Langford helped the Spartans win the Big Ten and the Rose Bowl last year. "Langford is a nice sized back (210lbs) with good speed and deceptive quickness. He’s a multi-cut ball carrier with the ability to swing it around the perimeter." The Michigan State prospect, who finished with 1,422 yards on 4.9 yards a carry last year, has rushed for more than 100 yards in a school-record eight-straight games for the Spartans. Pauline grades Langford as a Rds. 3-4 prospect.
Aug 9 - 7:25 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Michigan State senior OLB Taiwan Jones is a "hidden gem on defense."

"Scouts grade him as a middle round pick but the 6-foot, 2.5-inch/250lbs linebacker plays with speed, athleticism and solid instincts," Pauline wrote. "He’s not a flashy linebacker but at the same time does not make mental mistakes. I’m told Jones will move to middle linebacker this season which will reduce his playmaking opportunities in the defense run by Michigan State. In the end I think he’ll be under-drafted next April." Pauline himself ranks Jones as a Round 3 prospect. As the expert mentions, Jones will kick inside to middle linebacker this fall to replace Max Bullough.
Aug 9 - 6:48 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun "is terrific in pursuit," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound prospect recorded 7.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss last season and received several All-American votes. "Calhoun is the top pro-prospect [at Michigan State] and has been a good player two years running," the analyst wrote. "He’s an undersized defensive end and natural pass rusher who can come out of a three point stance or stand up over tackle. More than an up the field defender, Calhoun is terrific in pursuit, running down ball handlers from behind."
Aug 9 - 5:50 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline spotlights Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett as an underrated NFL prospect.

"Lippett is sized well and a natural pass catcher with a fluid style," Pauline wrote. "He does not present himself as a downfield threat rather a reliable underneath receiver." Lippett will function as stud QB Connor Cook's go-to receiver this fall. He collected 44 catches, 613 receiving yards and two touchdowns last season. Pauline sees Lippett as a Round 5 prospect.
Aug 9 - 4:20 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline said he "witnessed coverage limitations during film study this summer" of Michigan State senior S Kurtis Drummond.

"Drummond was graded as one of our top safety prospects entering the 2013 season and while I still like his game I witnessed coverage limitations during film study this summer," Pauline wrote. "Drummond will fit in as a traditional centerfielder but I just don’t know if he’s the type of safety who can be used over a slot receiver." Mel Kiper's No. 2 senior safety has collected 161 tackles, eight interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 39 career 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."
Aug 9 - 3:05 PM

Michigan State junior DT Damon Knox has undergone an unidentified surgery and will be sidelined indefinitely.

"Damon Knox right now has got some surgery, so he'll be out for a little bit of time," Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio said. "But it is what it is, so we've got to deal with that. So we'll have to see about injuries." Dantonio was sparse with details, and refused to disclose whether he thought Knox could play in the season opener in late August. Senior James Kittredge is Knox's backup.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 3 - 10:37 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior DE Marcus Rush's "excellent career production ... helps his pro resume," observes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound has struggled to garner respect while on campus despite his numbers, and you probably already know why: Playing across from William Gholston and Shilique Calhoun can have that effect. "He enters his senior season with 27 starts under his belt and excellent career production (27 tackles for loss, 11 sacks) that helps his pro resume," Brugler wrote. Rush runs a 4.68 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 9:34 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler sees redshirt senior Tony Lippett as Michigan State's go-to receiver.

Lippett collected 44 catches, 613 receiving yards and two touchdowns last season. Now that Bennie Fowler has moved on, Lippett will be an even bigger part of the offense, a key weapon for stud QB Connor Cook. "The Michigan State receiving crew lacked consistency last season, but Lippett has the talent to break through that negative suggestion," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 8:43 PM

Michigan State senior LB Taiwan Jones is expected to kick inside to middle linebacker this fall to replace Max Bullough.

Jones is the Spartans' lone returning starter at linebacker, as Denicos Allen also left for the pros. "[Jones] has the inside power and diagnose skills to break down the action and make stops," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote. Jones has been overlooked throughout his career, but we've respected the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder's ability to cover ground on the outside as a burly 'backer. If his transition inside is smooth, he'll hear his name called next spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 7:41 PM

Michigan State coaches are expecting big things from redshirt junior WR DeAnthony Arnett, reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Arnett reeled in 24 passes as a freshman at Tennessee in 2011. He transferred to Michigan State prior to the 2012 season to be closer to his ill father, collecting only three catches in 2012 and redshirting last year. Still, all the tools are there for a breakthrough season that would put him on the NFL's radar. Arnett, 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, runs a 4.51 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 7:25 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior RB Nick Hill "shouldn't be dismissed as a viable NFL prospect," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Hill has been overshadowed in his career by more talented backs Le'Veon Bell and Jeremy Langford, but he's got potential NFL chops. "[Hill] could turn some heads when he gets his carries," Brugler wrote. "Hill doesn't look like much, but his athleticism grabs your attention and it wouldn't surprise me if NFL scouts leave East Lansing with high marks and possibly draftable grades on him." The 5-foot-8, 198-pound fifth-year senior runs a swift 4.40 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 5:16 PM


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