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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'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."
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 "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."
Nov 14 - 4:07 PM

According to, 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'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.
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

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett caught five passes for 64 yards against Ohio State on Saturday.

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook threw the ball 45 times and racked up 358 yards, but Ohio State was mostly able to clamp down on the Spartans' top receiver, holding him to just 64 yards. Both of Cook's touchdown passes also went elsewhere. Lippett's been a steady force this season and has six games with 100+ receiving yards. He's one of the most improved players in the country and we'll give him a pass for the silent showing against the Buckeyes.
Nov 9 - 10:54 PM

Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford rushed 18 times for 137 yards in Saturday's loss to Ohio State.

Langford was coming off of a 37-carry game against Michigan, but he didn't seem any worse for the wear a week later. He averaged 7.6 YPC on a chilly night in East Lansing and had a nice 33-yard touchdown run in which he showed off his speed. After starting off the season with three sub-100-yard rushing efforts, the senior's reeled off six straight in which he's surpassed that number. On the season, he has 978 yards and 13 touchdowns on 178 carries. NFL scouts haven't voiced concern about his workload as of yet.
Nov 9 - 5:05 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 25 of 45 attempts for 358 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 49-37 loss to Ohio State.

Cook put forth a performance that we now expect: positives from a clean pocket and lows when pressured, specifically up the middle. We love that Cook is not afraid to throw into contested situations in one on one coverage, it will serve him well in the NFL and makes from some ridiculous highlights. He did flash some positives against edge pressure, however, we still worry about Cook's accuracy, decision making and poise when pressured from the interior.
Nov 9 - 11:35 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline said that he was told that Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes was "expected to enter the draft."

According to Pauline, Waynes' family members are now vetting agents. The 6-foot-1, 178-pound corner's height plays to his advantage, as he's able to jockey with receivers down the field in a way that shorter corners are sometimes physically unable to do. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted that Waynes sometimes tends to freelance more than you'd like from your corners, but he's very good at diagnosing routes and he's quick at jumping to the ball. In 2013, Waynes picked off three passes and recorded 50 tackles in earning All-Big 10 honorable mention.
Nov 7 - 5:22 PM

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio told ESPN's First Take that the Spartans "got a win [coming]" against Ohio State on Saturday.

It's been a fun week of talk in this rivalry, as everybody seems to be chirping on both sides. Earlier this week, Michigan State linebacker Taiwan Jones took a shot at injured Buckeye QB Braxton Miller, who responded that he had "never heard of" Jones. This is the biggest game of the season for both teams, as whoever loses is most likely going to be out of the playoff picture.
Nov 7 - 4:31 PM

The Michigan State athletic program received an endowment of $3 million from boosters, part of which will go to DC Pat Narduzzi in an effort to keep the coach.

Narduzzi's name had been floated around as a potential future hire at head coach for vacant programs. In August, Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman called Narduzzi the "top candidate" to move from defensive coordinator to head coach after the 2014 season. This appears less likely now that a bunch of money has come in. In an article posted on the school's website, it was announced that "The $3 million gift is being directed toward the endowment of the defensive coordinator position" as well as the school's basketball program. Michigan State's defense has consistently been a Top-10 unit under Narduzzi's watch.
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