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Michigan State redshirt freshman DE Cassius Peat will transfer.

Scout.com's Jason Jewell is reporting that Peat has transferred to JUCO program Eastern Arizona, but that has not yet been confirmed by player or program. HC Mark Dantonio said earlier in August camp that the 6-foot-3, 264-pounder was not participating due to the need to get his academics lined up. "So he is sort of in flux right now. He has not been suspended or anything like that," Dantonio said prior to Peat's release from his scholarship. "I have given him an opportunity to work on his academics and sort of get himself in order." Peat was a three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle.
Aug 25 - 12:38 PM

Michigan State announced that redshirt senior QB Tyler O'Connor will start.

"He's the No. 1 guy," coach Mark Dantonio said. "He's had a good enough camp to say that at this point." O'Connor, who appeared in four games last season and threw for 133 yards and two touchdowns, will replace Connor Cook under center. He beat out senior Damion Terry and sophomore Brian Lewerke, who will now battle for No. 2 duties.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 5:50 PM

Michigan State sophomore RB LJ Scott would not mind if all three Spartans ball carriers were on the field at the same time.

"One at Wildcat, two in the backfield," Scott told the media. Now, this is certainly unlikely, but remember the Arkasnas Razorbacks used a similar personnel with Felix Jones, Darren McFadden and Peyton Hillis. Scott, Gerald Holmes and Madre London make up the trio for the Spartans. Scott finished the 2015 season as the school's leading rusher in just his freshman year.
Source: Rivals
Aug 15 - 9:58 AM

Michigan State junior DL Malik McDowell told reporters he will only leave for the NFL if he will be selected in the top three.

"Top 10 ain't good enough for me," McDowell said. "I ain't leaving if I'm (only) top 10... I'm happy, I like it here, I ain't really in a rush to leave." This absolutely could be true, but we have heard this song before from many prospects prior to their junior season. A prospect is never guaranteed a top 10 or top three selection, unless they play quarterback and a team trades up ahead of the draft. Still, it is noteworthy how much McDowell is enjoying his time with the Spartans. Many believe the defensive lineman has massive potential.
Aug 9 - 10:15 AM

Michigan State redshirt senior LB Ed Davis will learn if he has received a sixth year of eligibility on August 18.

Davis will finish up his summer courses on August 18, at which point his eligibility for the coming season will be determined one way or another. He is hoping to receive a medical redshirt for the 2015 season, which he missed due to a knee injury. Until his situation is sorted out, the 6-foot-3, 233-pounder will act as a student-coach for the Spartans.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 6 - 1:37 PM

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


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