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Michigan State hired former Lions executive Sheldon White to serve as a program consultant.

White had served the Lions faithfully in a variety of capacities -- including interim general manager and vice president of pro personnel -- for the past 19 years, but was let go this offseason. In a statement, he said, "Michigan State has a great program and I’m looking forward to joining in and giving whatever insight I can provide. Anywhere I can help out and wherever Coach Dantonio needs me to go, that’s where I’ll be."
Jul 23 - 12:57 PM

Michigan State senior CB Jermaine Edmondson will transfer.

Edmondson found himself in the middle of a firestorm over the weekend after he and Warriors star Draymond Green were involved in an altercation in which, Edmondson alleges, Green slapped him. And then lo and behold, a transfer. HC Mark Dantonio noted in a statement that this is over playing time (rather than the result of Draymond Green exercising the Michigan State nuclear codes to enact minor revenge). "In discussions with Jermaine Edmondson following spring practice and in the weeks thereafter," Dantonio said, "it became clear that Jermaine wanted to play a larger role on the team." The 6-foot, 183-pounder will transfer as a graduate and be eligible to play immediately for another FBS program in 2016. During the past campaign, Edmondson registered 24 tackles (2.0 TFL), three pass breakups and a pair of fumble recoveries.
Jul 14 - 12:46 PM

According to the police report, the Warriors' Draymond Green's simple assault charge stems from an altercation with Michigan State senior CB Jermaine Edmondson.

Edmondson elaborated on the circumstances in a statement to the East Lansing Police Department. "As he responded to me [regarding an earlier Friday run-in in which Green physically bumped into Edmondson in a displeasing fashion], he began to poke me on my shoulder and I tell him that he doesn't need to put his hands on me, we can just talk. As I started to talk again, boom, I'm punched in the jaw, in front of all my friends and peers." Green has been contrite since his arrest on Sunday and expects the case to resolve itself in short order.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 13 - 3:01 PM

Four-star 2017 TE Matt Dotson committed to Michigan State.

Dotson was deciding between Penn State and Michigan State. Nittany Lions HC James Franklin will have to look elsewhere for his stud tight end, though, and that has to sting considering that the 6-foot-5, 232-pounder showed up at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in June sporting a Penn State hat. At the time, he said that Franklin's crew held a slim lead on Mark Dantonio and company. And then, not so much. " It hasn’t been that hard," Dotson said of his commitment, "because I really thought it out and knew I made the right decision." Rivals' Josh Helmholdt sees Dotson as a potential impact freshman come 2017.
Jul 7 - 2:00 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Michigan State redshirt senior LB Ed Davis as the No. 100 player in college football.

Davis missed all of 2015 with a knee injury but was ranked No. 6 in PFF's LB rankings in 2014. That year, the 6-foot-3, 233-pounder registered 58 tackles and 12.5 for loss. "Michigan State moved him around on defense, sending him after the quarterback about 10 times per game and he responded with eight sacks, 10 QB hits, and 15 hurries," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "He was strong against the run, ranking 25th in the country and complemented it with a positive grade in coverage."
Jul 6 - 3:42 PM

Delaware State graduate DE Gabe Sherrod will transfer to Michigan State.

We will believe it when we see it. Sherrod had been planning on a transfer to Syracuse in March, too, before reversing course on that decision in June. Assuming he actually follows through with his pledge to the Spartans, the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder will be eligible to play immediately. Last season, he recorded 64 tackles (25 for loss). Those 25 tackles for loss were good for second-most in the FCS.
Jul 6 - 1:44 PM

The finalists for four-star 2017 TE Matt Dotson's commitment are Michigan State and Penn State.

"The two trips [to Michigan State and Penn State] really went well and I saw what I needed to see," Dotson said. He will announce his commitment at The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon, on July 6. The 6-foot-5, 232-pound tight end plays his high school ball at Moeller High (Cincinnati) and had been receiving strong interest from both Michigan and Ohio State. Looks like those two vaunted programs will be sitting on the sidelines for this one. Dotson ranks as Rivals' No. 189 overall prospect (No.4 tight end).
Source: Rivals
Jun 27 - 2:32 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior G Brandon Clemons has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.

Clemons, who graduated with a psychology degree in December, will be seeking a second degree (in sociology) this fall. With the Spartans looking to replace Jack Conklin, Jack Allen and Donavon Clark along the line, the 6-foot-3, 303-pound Clemons figures to have opportunities come August camp. In a statement, HC Mark Dantonio said, "Brandon has been part of a winning culture here the past five years and we’re excited he’s getting the opportunity to maintain that level of excellence for his sixth season. He’s everything you’re looking for in a quality student-athlete."
Jun 22 - 12:24 PM

FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel says it would be a "shocker" if Michigan State redshirt senior QB Tyler O'Connor does not start the opener.

O'Connor built a big lead on junior Damion Terry and redshirt freshman Brian Lewerke for the starting job this spring, but HC Mark Dantonio has yet to name a starter. That'll happen in August.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 20 - 5:08 PM

Delaware State graduate DE Gabe Sherrod decided not to transfer to Syracuse.

In early March, Sherrod indicated that he would be transferring from Delaware State to Syracuse, with intent to enroll this summer. He has had a change of heart, writing on Twitter over the weekend, "New destination for July." The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder posted 64 tackles (25 for loss) at the FCS-level in 2015. Sherrod has not yet revealed his preferred transfer locale.
Jun 20 - 12:02 PM

Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz believes Michigan State junior DT Malik McDowell's game could make a DeForest Buckner-like leap this fall.

At 6-foot-6, 285-pounds with 33 inch-arms, McDowell's frame is strikingly similarly to that of Buckner's 6-foot-7, 291 pounds with 34 3/8-inch arms. Liskiewitz notes that McDowell's tape shows a player who struggles with double teams when shading the center as a 1-technique, partly because his large frame makes it difficult to anchor. Oregon did Buckner the favor of moving him all over so offensive lines couldn't sic multiple blockers on him throughout the game, but he did exhibit the "same issues with his height, leverage and lower body strength as McDowell." Oregon asked Buckner to play a hybrid 3-4 DE role, while McDowell has functioned as a 4-3 DT. In 636 snaps last year, McDowell had 22 stops and 39 total pressures. PFF graded him No. 10 among returning interior linemen.
Jun 16 - 7:37 PM

Michigan State junior DT Malik McDowell lost weight this offseason to prepare to be moved around the defensive formation.

The Spartans defensive braintrust is cleverly planning to deploy McDowell similarly to how Oregon used DeForest Buckner last year. Moving McDowell around will mean that the interior of offensive lines can't simply key on him with double teams every play. McDowell had 41 tackles and 13 TFL as part of a rotation during his sophomore campaign. Expect more this fall as his playing time increases and Sparty moves him around the line based on matchups. "He has the potential to be the Spartans' best run-stuffer on first and second down and then their most explosive pass-rusher on third down," ESPN's Dan Murphy wrote. "The myriad ways Michigan State could use a weapon like McDowell makes him extremely hard to replace."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 5:10 PM

Michigan State senior LB Ed Davis will need to complete summer courses before he applies for a medical redshirt.

Davis missed the 2015 season with a knee injury and is seeking an additional year of eligibility for the coming season. The snag comes in the fact that Davis did not graduate in May. He needs to do so before he can even apply to the NCAA for the medical redshirt. Making matters even stickier, the summer session at Michigan State doesn't end until August 18. That date, falling just a shade over two weeks before the start of the regular season. And then the NCAA would have to jump into action in order for Davis to be eligible. Dicey. Very dicey. In a healthy 2014 season, the 6-foot-3, 233-pounder registered 58 tackles (12.5 for loss) and 7.5 sacks.
Source: mlive.com
Jun 11 - 3:58 PM

Buffalo redshirt freshman TE Matt Seybert transferred to Michigan State.

A 2015 two-star recruit, Seybert took a redshirt last year. He'll have three years eligibility remaining starting in 2017.
Jun 7 - 7:07 PM

A pair of NFL general managers assigned a portion of the blame for Michigan State QB Connor Cook's slide to the fourth round in the draft to HC Mark Dantonio.

According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, the NFL executives said that some of the general "bad teammate talk" surrounding Cook was the result of the fact that Dantonio limits scout-exposure during practices to only a matter of minutes. Essentially, the scouts simply didn't have very much actual, first-hand knowledge as to how Cook acted around his teammates, which caused things like "not being named a captain" to carry more weight than they otherwise might have. In Cook's case, it is a moot point now, but something to keep in mind down the road.
Jun 4 - 6:46 PM


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