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Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett will start at cornerback Saturday against Penn State.

It was also reported last week that Lippett (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) would start two-ways, but that ended up not being the case. He did appear in the game, against Rutgers, as a CB. However, the starting bit seems likely to go down this weekend, as coach Mark Dantonio has discussed the move with the media and Lippett is listed No. 1 on both the WR and CB portions of the depth charts. He will become the school's first two-way starter since 1968. This move isn't about pageantry. Instead, according to Dantonio, he hopes to aid Lippett's draft stock.
Nov 25 - 10:45 PM

Michigan State redshirt sophomore OT Jack Conklin "has taken his game to new heights this season," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Manning the left tackle spot for the Spartans, he grades out as the top blocker on the unit and his performance against Ohio State sackmaster Joey Bosa raised eyebrows," Pauline wrote. "Many are of the opinion Conklin is best at right tackle in the NFL and most believe he has first round potential down the road." Conklin is a massive 6-foot-5, 326-pound specimen. The former walk-on redshirted his first season and has been starting ever since.
Nov 24 - 9:39 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett caught five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Rutgers.

Lippett started at both WR and CB, a nod to his career contributions on Senior Day. He's been nothing less than one of the nation's best receivers this season, accumulating 56 receptions for 1,071 yards and 10 touchdowns. Lippett is one of the best route runners in all of college football.
Nov 23 - 6:14 PM

Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in the school's 45-3 win over Rutgers.

Langford's longest carry went for 38 yards. The senior is likely a fringe top 10 prospect at his position right now but will have an opportunity to solidify his evaluation at an all star event. He was able to create a number of yards on his own in this game.
Nov 22 - 3:23 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 16 of 24 attempts for 254 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 45-3 win over Rutgers.

As you can tell by the score, we did not watch the game. Cook and Michigan State were helped by a strong rushing attack, but the Spartans converted a number of passes beyond 20 yards downfield. The Spartans face Penn State next weekend.
Nov 22 - 3:17 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior Tony Lippett will start at WR and CB against Maryland.

It is senior day, which might be more of a factor in Lippett playing on both sides of the ball as opposed to a lack of depth. We think Lippett is one of the best route runners in all of college football and has come down with acrobatic catches when Connor Cook has trusted him in tight coverage.
Source: MLive
Nov 22 - 11:34 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper was contrite in his most recent Big Board column that he'd dropped Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun too far the previous week.

"I had dropped him for a week, but I went back and took a closer look and I think it was probably unfair," Kiper wrote. "Calhoun has impressive quickness and the ability to close in a hurry when he creates space as a pass-rusher, and has the look of a lanky defender who would specialize in getting upfield quickly, but he also shows plenty of strength and leverage against the run." Kiper wasn't alone in feeling jitters about Calhoun's slow statistical start. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound Calhoun is often double teamed. Understandably.
Nov 20 - 8:43 PM

Mlive.com's Mike Griffith writes that Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford "has had some documented issues converting in short-yardage situations."

"Langford's string of 13 straight 100-yard performances in Big Ten games has been impressive, but he has had some documented issues converting in short-yardage situations up to Dantonio's standards (80 percent." Griffith wrote. The 6-foot, 206-pound Langford has rushed for 1,116 yards and 15 catches on 203 carries this season. Griffith adds that the Spartans prospect, "is a durable, tough runner but the Spartans need him to make the key yards in third- or fourth-and-short."
Source: Mlive.com
Nov 18 - 2:54 PM

Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford has accepted his invite to the Senior Bowl.

Langford's rushed for 1,116 yards and 15 catches on 203 carries this season. He's fresh off of a 138-yard effort against Maryland. The senior has shown improved vision and finishing power this season. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently wrote that the running back had "all the tools" to succeed in the NFL. He is currently projected as a mid-round pick.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 17 - 7:03 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 14-of-31 passes for 247 yards and no touchdowns in Saturday's 37-15 win over Maryland.

This was the first time this season Cook has not thrown for at least one score. It was also just the second game this season in which he's failed to complete at least 50% of his passes. The Spartans leaned on RB Jeremy Langford (who rushed for 138 yards). Cook has to work on his fundamentals and footwork before we consider him ready to crack the top tier of quarterback prospects. The junior has hinted that he's likely to return for his senior season, a move that we think would probably help his status as a prospect, assuming that he continues to progress as he should.
Nov 16 - 10:47 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett caught four passes for 46 yards in Saturday's win over Maryland.

This marks back-to-back games in which Lippett has been largely quiet. Part of this was Connor Cook missing open passes, but we have to wonder if defenses have started to catch up to the wideout. Lippett had recorded four-straight games with 100+ receiving yards prior to his recent slump. We would give him the benefit of the doubt that these are just isolated problems, but this is the first season that Lippett's really shown the attributes of a No. 1 receiver. In 2013, he caught 44 passes for 613 yards and two touchdowns. This year, he's already caught 51 balls for 999 yards and nine touchdowns. When he was hot, Lippett was shooting up draft boards based on his quick hands and focus. One of the knocks on Lippett is that he sometimes struggles with press-coverage, something teams are starting to play more of on the 6-foot-2, 189-pound target. We'll be keen to see if he's able to bounce back when the team faces Rutgers in a week.
Nov 16 - 5:42 PM

Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford rushed 25 times for 138 yards in Saturday's 37-15 win over Maryland.

Langford compiled 68 of his 138 yards in the fourth quarter, including a 25-yard touchdown run. The Spartans had to rely on the senior, as Connor Cook was having issues with accuracy throughout the day. This was Langford's 14th straight game of 100+ rushing yards against Big Ten competition. He's shown clear signs of development during his final college campaign, particularly with his vision and ability to finish off runs. He's jumped up his per-carry average from 4.9 in 2013 to 5.5 in 2014, which is indicative of these improvements. Langford is seen as a possible mid-round pick.
Nov 16 - 5:17 PM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes noted that he's "not really focused" on whether he'll return for his senior season.

"I'm not really focused on that right now," Waynes told Mlive.com. "I'm focused on finishing out this season as hard as I can and then we'll take it from there." The 6-foot-1, 182-pound Waynes,is currently sixth on the team with 32 tackles and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. The Michigan State prospect's name has been projected anywhere from the mid-to-late first round for the 2015 NFL draft. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline has recently reported that Waynes was "expected to enter the draft."
Source: MLive.com
Nov 14 - 4:07 PM

According to NFL.com, an NFC North scout said that Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook would "really benefit" from staying in college next year.

At this point, Cook seems to be leaning toward staying in school for his senior year. The NFC North scout told NFL.com's draft team of Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks that "another year of fundamentals, film and playing experience will really benefit him." The draft analysts wrote that Cook could "position himself as the No. 1 QB prospect in the game next year if he returns for another season." Cook has issues with accuracy and poise when faced with pressure, so we tend to agree that a senior season would only benefit the quarterback.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 12 - 7:43 PM

Michigan State senior S Kurtis Drummond has accepted a Senior Bowl invitation.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Drummond, is arguably one of the top senior prospects at the free safety position for the 2015 draft class. Drummond, a three-year starter and Michigan State co-captain is also one of the leading tacklers for the Spartans this season.
Nov 10 - 3:37 PM


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