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Michigan State redshirt senior DE Demetrius Cooper has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery.

Cooper allegedly spit in the face of a parking officer in East Lansing back in late October and was subsequently hit with the misdemeanor assault charge. He is not scheduled to be sentenced until November 16 and with this no-contest plea, he could see his charge reduced if he abides by the conditions of his bond, which include staying out of further legal trouble and bi-weekly breath tests.
Source: mlive.com
Mar 17 - 5:49 PM

Anonymous NFL evaluators blasted Michigan State DL Malik McDowell's interviews at the NFL Combine.

"Worst interview we did," said one team. Added another: "Awful interview. Awful." The NFL is concerned with his attitude and work ethic. "The cautionary tale is Clowney," one team explained. "You see him now, he’s dominant; we had those same questions [for McDowell] when he came out. Does he love football? Is he going to work? With [McDowell], I can’t figure out what makes this kid tick. He might be the type who, maybe he falls [in the draft] and it lights a fire under him. I don’t know. But I need that light on more often, and he didn’t like it when we asked him about that. McDowell might never fully show his full skill, but passing on him also means you’re missing out on a potentially rare talent." On that note, McDowell, at 6-foot-6, 295 pounds, ran a 4.85 forty. He's highly physically gifted.
Source: Yahoo
Mar 6 - 7:11 PM

Michigan State S Montae Nicholson notched a 40-yard dash of 4.42 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday.

Nicholson's 4.41 seconds tied USC do-everything DB Adoree' Jackson for ninth sharpest among defensive backs during Monday's tests. Despite that top time, he might have trouble drawing interest in the draft this April. An AFC national scout offered one of the better evaluating quotes we have seen to NFL Media's Lance Zierlein, telling the analyst that the 6-foot-2, 212-pounder is "[b]ig and beautiful with no impact on the game whatsoever." That scout does not believe that Nicholson has the requisite aggressiveness for the pro level.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 4:37 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock said that Michigan State DL Malik McDowell has "got to prove that he can be more consistent."

"He certainly flashes," Mayock said, adding that McDowell "just has to be a more consistent person as far as his habits are concerned, his work ethic and his game plan." McDowell, himself, admitted at the Combine that one thing he needs to improve upon is "playing hard every down." One AFC scout who spoke with NFL.com's Bucky Brooks called the 6-foot-6, 295-pounder "the most frustrating prospect to evaluate," telling the draft analyst that the former Spartan "can look like a Pro Bowler on one play and an undrafted prospect on the next."
Source: Land of 10
Mar 5 - 4:41 PM

Michigan State junior RB LJ Scott hinted on Twitter that he may turn pro after next season.

"Man seeing me dawgs in the combine gives me chills," he wrote. "Just a year from now [emoji, hashtag patience]." Scott rushed for 994 yards and six touchdowns last year. A junior this fall, he'll be eligible to declare following next season if he so chooses.
Mar 5 - 12:34 PM

In a statement, Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio said that "[w]hen the time is appropriate, I will be able to answer questions regarding our program and discuss our team."

This was the first time that Dantonio publicly addressed the indefinite suspensions of three players and a staffer who are being investigated for an alleged sexual assault. His released statement spoke mostly in generalities, as one might expect given that the assault in question is still being investigated. Said Dantonio, "I expect all members of the football program to live up to those standards [set by AD Mark Hollis], and I’m doing everything necessary to help throughout this difficult process." He also said that "the allegations are something we’re extremely concerned about and taking very seriously."
Feb 28 - 7:41 PM

Michigan State graduate OLB Jon Reschke will transfer.

This isn't exactly a normal transfer. In a lengthy statement, Reschke explained that he would be leaving the Spartans due to an "insensitive and totally regrettable" comment made regarding a former teammate about a month ago. An ankle injury limited him to just two games played last season, but in 2015, the 6-foot-2, 227-pounder started all 14 contests and recorded 75 tackles (5.5 for loss) and a pair of sacks. He was a likely starter for 2017 prior to his transfer announcement.
Feb 25 - 12:22 PM

A midwest regional scout for an NFC team says Michigan State ILB Riley Bullough is "like a mini version of his brother (Max)."

"They are both tough guys who are born and bred Big Ten linebackers," the scout said. "Riley's probably a better athlete but he's small. He has the mindset to be a good special teams player so he could end up in the league." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Bullough to Jared Norris. "Tenacity and willingness to play as physically as his body will allow will make him a favorite of special teams coaches, but his lack of size and plus athleticism could make it hard to find playing time, especially as an inside linebacker," Zierlein wrote. "He could go on Day 3 (Rounds 4-7), but his road to the roster could be bumpy." Bullough was a third-team all-conference pick after recording 76 tackles and 6.5 TFL last season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 2:31 PM

Michigan State redshirt sophomore QB Brian Lewerke (leg) enters spring practice as the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart.

Lewerke will compete with Damion Terry and Messiah deWeaver for QB1 duties. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound sophomore-to-be Lewerke flashed some potential in limited time last season before breaking his leg in November. That injury ended his season.
Source: Land of 10
Feb 21 - 1:14 PM

Michigan State approved a one-year contract extension for HC Mark Dantonio.

This was something of a formality, as the six-year contract Dantonio signed last January had a provision for annual renewal. His new deal will run through January, 2023. After the extension was approved, school president Lou Anna K. Simon addressed the off-field turmoil surrounding the Spartans -- three players and a staffer have been indefinitely suspended pending an investigation into an alleged sexual assault -- saying, "My sense is that, if we had anything to be concerned about, we wouldn’t have moved forward with the action today. We’re still looking at everything, because it’s in his interest, as well."
Feb 18 - 2:45 PM

Michigan State S Demetrious Cox was not invited the NFL Combine.

It's a steep fall from glory for a prospect who entered the 2016 campaign with a Round 1 grade from Tony Pauline. A four-year letterwinner at MSU, Cox finished his career with 166 tackles, 14 pass break-ups, 5.5 TFL, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries across 51 career games, 25 of which were starts (16 at safety, nine at cornerback)
Feb 17 - 3:04 PM

Of the 2016 NFL Combine participants, 35 percent were not drafted, according to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports.

15 percent of the players drafted last spring did not attend the NFL Combine. This is always valuable information to keep in mind as we approach the NFL Combine. Rich Hribar has produced great work on the impact on non-invited wide receivers and their limited success in the NFL.
Feb 15 - 10:09 AM

Michigan State director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell has been suspended with pay.

Michigan State issued indefinite suspensions to a trio of players and a staff member for their role in an alleged sexual assault earlier this month. While the three players in question have not yet been named, the program confirmed with Mlive.com that Blackwell is the suspended staff member in question. He has been with the Spartans since 2013.
Source: mlive.com
Feb 14 - 6:34 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior DE Demetrius Cooper was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

The charge stems from a late October incident in which Cooper allegedly spit in the face of an East Lansing parking officer. Cooper says he told the officer he should spit on him but never did. Cooper started 11 games last season. He has 55 tackles, 14.5 TFL and 8.5 sacks across 38 career games. The school hasn't yet commented on the incident.
Feb 10 - 2:41 PM

Michigan State indefinitely suspended three players in relation to an investigation into a possible sexual assault.

Not much information is available at this juncture -- for instance, the names of the players in question have yet to surface -- but in a statement, Michigan State said, "As part of the criminal investigation, detectives are interviewing members of the coaching staff and other relevant individuals regarding their response since the complaint was made in late January." Not only was the trio of players suspended indefinitely pending investigation, they have also been "removed from on-campus housing." Further information regarding this case figures to surface in the coming days and weeks.
Source: msu.edu
Feb 9 - 5:45 PM


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