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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

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says Michigan State redshirt sophomore OT Jack Conklin is already on the NFL's radar.

Conklin earned Freshman All-American honors last season. "Conklin is still only a teenager, but he's on the NFL radar after a solid first season as the Spartans starting tackle," Brugler wrote. "He walked on and redshirted in 2012 before starting 13 games last season, 10 at left tackle and three on the right side. Conklin has an overachieving mentality and refuses to be out-worked on the football field, in the weight room or in life in general." Conklin is a massive 6-foot-5, 326-pound specimen.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 5:02 PM

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said the Spartans would have won the National Championship last year if the playoff system had been in place.

"I thought we would have been national champions, to be perfectly honest with you," Dantonio told reporters at Big Ten media days. "I think we would have had a shot to do that because I think we were playing, coming out of the end of the season -- that stretch coming out of the season -- we were playing great football and we were believing in ourselves." The Spartans, ranked fourth in the final BCS standings after beating Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game, likely would have been selected into the four-team field. But MSU would have had to run through a gauntlet that (presumably) included eventual BCS champion Florida State, SEC champion Auburn and 11-1 Alabama. Stanford ranked fifth in the final BCS standings, with Baylor finishing sixth. MSU's offense could be scary in 2014, but they must replace defensive stalwarts such as Darqueze Dennard, Max Bullough and Denicos Allen.
Jul 30 - 4:45 PM

Michigan State S Kurtis Drummond is "arguably the top senior prospect at safety for the upcoming class," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Despite his toughness downhill, he doesn't have an ideal body type with a lean-shaped frame and average muscle tone throughout," Brugler wrote. "Drummond needs to consistently finish once he makes contact, but understands pursuit angles and anticipates the action well, playing with a non-hesitant and aggressive demeanor." Mel Kiper's No. 2 senior safety has collected 161 tackles, eight interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 39 career games. "He shows the coordinated body control to flip-and-stick to hang with receivers vertically, using his heady instincts and quick eyes to make natural adjustments," Brugler wrote. "Drummond has the ballskills to make acrobatic plays on the ball with very good timing and coordination. He exhibits top confidence on and off the field and is well respected by his coaches and teammates, also making impact plays on special teams coverage. Drummond is the most consistent Big Ten defensive back I've seen on tape so far."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 3:50 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook is "very capable" of breaking the Spartans' stretch of not having a top-40 drafted quarterback, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

MSU hasn't had a QB drafted in the top 40 during the Super Bowl era. "He is a good-sized athlete for the position with enough mobility to handle the high volume of rollouts and bootlegs in the Spartan's pro-style attack," Brugler wrote. "Cook has a quick set up and delivery with an easy release and top-shelf arm strength to make all the throws, displaying an arsenal of frozen ropes. He has functional downfield touch and controls his velocity well with fast eyes to see the field well on the move." Rotoworld projects the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder as a first-rounder in next spring's draft, though Cook needs to continue developing to make good on that projection. "Cook tends to ignore his footwork and lower half mechanics and with 58.7-percent completions, he has room to improve his ball placement, especially downfield," Brugler wrote. "He is too willing to throw off balance before his body and feet are set."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 9:38 PM

CBS Sports Dane Brugler notes "as a sophomore, junior CB Trae Waynes played like a young Kyle Fuller."

"As a sophomore, Waynes played like a young Kyle Fuller and if he can introduce more discipline to his game moving forward, he will have bright future in East Lansing and the NFL," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 178 pound Waynes was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2013, starting in all 14 games for the Spartans. As a first-time starter, Waynes finished with 3 interceptions and 8 passes defended, with 50 tackles, including 1.5 for losses. Now that CB Darqueze Dennard is off to the NFL, Waynes is now the top cornerback on the Spartan's roster.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 8:42 AM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun "shows a lot of promise as a future early draft pick," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Calhoun isn't yet a polished product and his hand use needs coached up to improve his shed technique and rush ability, but he does a nice job using his length to jolt blockers. He shows a lot of promise as a future early draft pick if he can continue to develop as a junior," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound prospect recorded 7.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss last season, and was named the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, while receiving several All-American votes.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 4:57 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford has "an NFL future" because "he can pass protect, catch the ball, and gets better as the game goes on."

"A few underrated reasons why RB J. Langford has a NFL future: he can pass protect, catch the ball, and gets better as the game goes on," Brugler tweeted. Last season the 6-foot, 206 pound Langford, helped the Spartans win a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl victory, carrying the rock 294 times for 1,422 yards, averaging close to 4.9 yards a carry, while scoring 18 touchdowns. The Michigan State prospect has rushed for more than 100 yards in a school-record eight-straight games for the Spartans.
Jul 28 - 11:56 AM

"Sparty is in good hands" with junior QB Connor Cook, proclaims Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"Strong pocket presence, quality decision maker and functional mobility to extend plays," Weidl wrote. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound prospect worked with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. over the summer. "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 earlier this month.
Jul 26 - 4:40 PM

Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford "doesn't have an exceptional skill set," according to Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

That being said, Langford has some traits that will endear himself to the NFL, according to the analyst. "But he's an instinctive [and] determined runner who finishes strong," Weidl wrote. "Firm in pass protection." Langford exceeded the 100-yard mark in eight of the Spartans' last nine games in 2013. We like his receiving skills, the fact that he doesn't put the ball on the carpet, and his football IQ.
Jul 26 - 3:08 PM

Michigan State released CB Ezra Robinson from his scholarship.

Michigan State has given no explanation as to why Robinson is no longer with the team. The three-star 2012 recruit played in 12 games last year. Although we don't yet know which schools Robinson will consider transferring to, we do know that he considered Boston College, Duke, North Carolina and West Virginia coming out of high school.
Jul 11 - 9:41 PM


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