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Michigan State junior CB Tyson Smith revealed he suffered a stroke during the 2016 season.

"I'm "supposed" to be in a wheelchair after that stroke last year doctors say I'm blessed to still be able to walk ,talk , and run!" Smith tweeted. He started four games last season but was not on the field following the Nov. 5 game against Illinois and remained sidelined for the rest of the season. Smith was also held out of the school's spring game. Michigan State is keeping Smith's medical information private.
May 18 - 9:45 AM

Rivals recruiting analysts Josh Helmholdt, Adam Friedman and Woody Wommack saw a definitive step forward from Michigan State four-star 2018 verbal TE commit Trenton Gillison at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Series in Columbus.

"We have seen Gillison make the spectacular catch in past evaluations, but one of the most impressive aspects of his play Sunday was that he did not have to make those types of catches," the analysts write. According to the Rivals crew, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Gillison has been "sharpening the finer points of his game and learning how to create space through route-running." Per the trio, Gillison is "solidly committed" to Sparty. Their outlet ranks him as the No. 108 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 16 - 8:31 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior DE Demetrius Cooper had his bond terms adjusted.

Cooper was accused of violating the terms of his plea agreement by consuming alcohol on April 21. He had been scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, but with his bond terms being adjusted, that appearance was canceled. Under the new stipulations set forth by Judge Richard D. Ball, Cooper will have daily alcohol tests and be required to turn in a weekly log of those tests to his probation officer.
May 11 - 9:43 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva assigned the Seattle Seahawks a "B-" for their draft.

Silva believes that Michigan State DL Malik McDowell (No. 35) needed to land with a team like the Seahawks in order to best maximize his talents. He was also keen on the selection of UCF CB Shaq Griffin in the third-round, calling him "one of the best picks" of that round. "While [LSU G/C Ethan] Pocic is the only likely Week 1 starter, McDowell, Griffin, and [North Carolina DT Nazir] Jones all profile as players capable of making early impacts," Silva writes, concluding that this was "[a] solid, if unspectacular haul" for Seattle. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline and Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke see matters mostly similarly, assigning the Seahawks a "B+" and "B" for their efforts.
Source: Rotoworld
May 5 - 4:39 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior DE Demetrius Cooper might have violated his plea agreement, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The plea agreement states Cooper is not to consumer alcohol after he allegedly spit in the face of a police officer. Those initial charges were set to be reduced if Cooper stuck to his agreement. Cooper started for the Spartans last year.
May 4 - 9:48 AM

Bengals signed Michigan State S Demetrious Cox.

Cox (6’0/200) made 25 starts in the Spartans’ secondary – 16 at safety and nine at corner – and finished his career with 5.5 tackles for loss and four interceptions. Draft analyst Tony Pauline reported Cox had first-round grades from NFL scouts before his senior season, but he struggled in 2016 and wasn’t even invited to the Combine. He ran a 4.55 forty at Michigan State’s Pro Day. Cox offers plus versatility and also shined on special teams, but he never developed into a difference maker in the Big Ten. He’ll try to carve out an NFL career as a defensive reserve and gunner.
May 3 - 12:58 PM

Michigan State is suing ESPN over a public records request.

The university is arguing that it has been put in an "impossible position" by ESPN due to their public records request, as Ingham County has asked that those records not be released. All of this relates to an ongoing investigation into an alleged incident of sexual assault which has resulted in the suspensions of three players and a staff member. Michigan State is asking the court to decide whether the records can be withheld on a FOIA exemption.
May 2 - 9:21 PM

Buccaneers signed LB Riley Bullough.

Bullough (6’2/226) made 23 starts at middle linebacker for the Spartans, tallying 18 career tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He dabbled at fullback and running back as a freshman, also playing special teams. Undersized and underwhelming athletically, Bullough would do well to carve out an NFL career like his older brother Max, a backup for the Texans whose strength is covering punts and kicks.
May 1 - 2:28 PM

Redskins selected Michigan State S Montae Nicholson with the No. 123 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Nicholson (6’2/212) made 23 starts at Michigan State, managing 4.5 career tackles for loss with four interceptions and one forced fumble. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2016. While Nicholson’s college production doesn’t stand out, he offers plus size and straight-line speed (4.42) and looks the part of a potential impact gunner on special teams. Nicholson’s defensive future is cloudy with stiff hips and a disappointing physicality on college tape.
Apr 29 - 1:05 PM

Seahawks selected Michigan State DL Malik McDowell with the No. 35 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

McDowell (6’6/295) made 23 starts in three seasons, tallying 24.5 career tackles for loss with 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He was named second-team All-Big Ten by the conference’s coaches as both a sophomore and junior. A 48th-percentile SPARQ athlete with experience rushing on both the perimeter and interior, McDowell created disruption from all alignments at Michigan State. NFL scouts have ripped McDowell’s work ethic, motor, and poor pre-draft interviews, but he possesses all the physical traits of a plus NFL starter. He’s a boom-bust prospect whose ceiling is up to him and the Seahawks have succeeded with picks like this in the past.
Apr 28 - 7:30 PM

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer spent time with Michigan State DL Malik McDowell before the NFL Draft, and ESPN's Ben Goessling posits that McDowell could be a target for Minnesota in Round 2.

With Sharrif Floyd's status uncertain, the Vikings could use a defensive tackle. McDowell, who has top-10 talent but character concerns, is a boom-or-bust prospect who Zimmer may feel he can reach. The Vikings' first choice of the draft comes at No. 48 overall, and they also have two picks in the third round at No. 79 and No. 86 overall. With RB, OL and S also needs spots -- particularly RB and OL -- Goessling tosses out the following potential targets: WKU G Forrest Lamp, Temple G Dion Dawkins, Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon, FSU RB Dalvin Cook, Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara, Alabama T Cam Robinson and Washington S Budda Baker.
Source: ESPN
Apr 28 - 12:50 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Michigan State DL Malik McDowell to Bengals DE Michael Johnson.

"Like Johnson, McDowell uses his length to win well. While he will hope to be a better pro pass rusher than Johnson, who was inconsistent in that role, there is a definite similarity in their playing styles and how they win," explains the PFF analysis team of their comp. The outlet believes that the 6-foot-7, 290-pound McDowell -- who played both defensive tackle and defensive end with the Spartans -- is best suited to work as an edge rusher at the next level. There is plenty to love on the athleticism front, here, but he is far from a slam-dunk prospect due to concerns over his consistency and demeanor. According to multiple reports, he flamed out during the interview portion of the Combine equation. At the same time, we would not be floored if he is drafted in the teens come Day 1. A pick in the 20's or early in Round 2 might be a touch more realistic, though.
Apr 22 - 3:45 PM

Michigan State dismissed sophomore DE Auston Robertson after he was charged with criminal sexual assault.

In a statement, Spartans HC Mark Dantonio said, "Sexual assault has no place in our community. While there is an ongoing criminal process, we’re extremely disappointed that Auston put himself in this position. He is no longer a member of our football program." The 6-foot-4, 262-pounder was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle, but arrived with his fair share of previous baggage, having been arrested on a battery charge during his senior year of high school. Michigan State ultimately signed him in March of 2016 (rather than on National Signing Day) after a vetting process.
Source: Land of 10
Apr 21 - 4:55 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang relays that "multiple scouts" were disappointed in the interviews of Michigan State DL Malik McDowell at the Combine.

We have heard this refrain before. One scout told Rang that McDowell's interviews were "far from ideal," which is relatively tame language compared to the "awful interview" and "worst interview we did" quotes which were rolling in from evaluators after festivities in Indianapolis concluded. Despite his widely-panned interviews, the 6-foot-7, 290-pounder has enough athletic potential that a team could take a leap with him as early as the back-half of Round 1. A Round 2 selection is probably more likely.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 8:51 PM

Michigan State DL Malik McDowell is visiting the Cowboys this week, according to beat writer Charean Williams.

McDowell pairing with Rod Marinelli could be outstanding. We think McDowell is one of the most talented prospects in this draft thanks to a combination of movement, athleticism, bend and natural strength. He won in college from virtually every alignment, but there are plenty of questions about his loyalty to Michigan State and relationship with coaches. A second round pick seems likely.
Apr 18 - 8:29 AM


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