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Michigan State sophomore RB LJ Scott (lower body) returned to Saturday's game against Penn State after having been earlier ruled out.

Scott looked to have suffered a right leg injury in the first quarter. He was sent to the locker room and ruled out, but he returned to the game in third quarter.
Nov 26 - 5:52 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior QB Damion Terry (undisclosed) won't return to Saturday's game against Penn State.

The Spartans finally turned to Terry as the starter against Penn State. He'd thrown for a career-high 101 passing yards at the time of his injury. While we're not entirely sure what his prognosis is, Terry reportedly went through a concussion protocol. Tyler O'Connor replaced him at quarterback.
Nov 26 - 5:47 PM

Michigan HC Mark Dantonio indicated that redshirt senior QB Tyler O'Connor and redshirt junior QB Damion Terry will both play against Penn State on Saturday.

O'Connor has taken the bulk of quarterbacking starts for Sparty this season, throwing for 1,852 yards with a 16/9 TD/INT ratio. Terry has played considerably less, having attempted just 34 passes on the season. He will see additional opportunities this weekend due to the fact that backup/occasional-starter Brian Lewerke is recovering from a broken tibia. Michigan State limps into Saturday's showdown with the Nittany Lions holding a 3-8 record.
Source: Land of 10
Nov 22 - 4:34 PM

Michigan State junior DL Malik McDowell (undisclosed) is not listed on the depth chart for Saturday's game against Penn State.

McDowell has sat out each of MSU's last two games due to an undisclosed injury, speculated to be an ankle tweak of some variety. While he is not listed on this week's depth chart, his official playing status for Saturday remains undefined and there is still a chance the 6-foot-7, 190-pounder will be able to suit up against the Nittany Lions. In nine games this season, McDowell has registered 34 tackles (7.0 for loss) and 1.5 sacks.
Source: Land of 10
Nov 22 - 4:20 PM

Michigan State junior DL Malik McDowell is absent from the school's depth chart ahead of Saturday's game against Ohio State.

McDowell is dealing with an unspecified injury (local writers believe it is an ankle) and missed the school's last game against Rutgers. It would be a huge loss for the Spartans, who need to shut down Ohio State's offense, especially Curtis Samuel, to have a chance against the Buckeyes.
Nov 15 - 11:50 AM

The Big Ten announced six Friday games for 2017.

Washington/Rutgers, Utah State/Wisconsin, Ohio/Purdue, Nebraska/Illinois, Northwestern/Maryland and Michigan State/Northwestern were the six contests announced for Friday nights in 2017. Michigan has flat-out refused to participate. Regardless, the conference is scheduled to roll out six Friday games per season through the 2022 season. The conference indicated that they are limiting their Friday loads to six games a season due in part to concerns over how this scheduling might affect high school recruiting.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 8 - 3:54 PM

Michigan State redshirt sophomore CB Vayante Copeland will not play for the remainder of the season due to a broken foot after being sidelined since October 15.

Prior to breaking his foot in practice, Copeland missed time with a hip injury. True freshman Justin Layne will likely start at boundary corner in Copeland's absence. Copeland suffered a season ending neck injury last September.
Source: 247 Sports
Nov 7 - 10:10 AM

Michigan State senior WR R.J. Shelton caught seven passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 31-27 loss to Illinois.

With the defeat, Michigan State -- a Playoff combatant last season -- will not be making a bowl game for the first time since 2006. They entered this season riding a string of three consecutive double-digit win campaigns. No more, no more. In all of this darkness, R.J. Shelton, who holds a 44-678-5 receiving line over nine games. That he still has an outside shot at 1,000 yards for the season is impressive given how much else has gone wrong with the Spartans.
Nov 5 - 4:12 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior QB Tyler O'Connor will draw the start against Illinois on Saturday.

With Brian Lewerke sidelined due to a broken tibia, O'Connor was something of an easy choice to start this weekend. HC Mark Dantonio indicated that junior QB Damion Terry could also potentially see playing time. In parts of seven games, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound O'Connor has thrown for 1,341 yards with a 12/7 TD/INT ratio. Michigan State is currently mired in a six-game losing streak. They sit at 0-5 in the Big Ten. Contests against Illinois and Rutgers over the next two weekends will provide them legitimate chances to snap that win-less skid in conference. The Spartans close out on a considerably tougher two-step, though, against Ohio State and Penn State.
Nov 4 - 1:06 PM

Michigan State redshirt freshman QB Brian Lewerke suffered a broken tibia in Saturday's loss to Michigan.

"We thought it was an ACL initially but it’s not," said HC Mark Dantonio. "So he’s out, and so that’s a tough blow for us." The 6-foot-3, 202-pounder broke his leg on a Jabrill Peppers sack during the fourth quarter of Saturday's defeat. He will sit out Sparty's final four games. Expect Tyler O'Connor to draw the start against Illinois this weekend.
Nov 4 - 12:51 PM

Michigan State sophomore RB LJ Scott rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 32-23 loss to Michigan.

This was one of Scott's most impressive career games when you consider the context. Acting as the linchpin of an offense so inept that its three quarterbacks can't decide who's the worst, Scott rumbled through boxes stacked by the nation's top-ranked defense to the tune of 6.3 yards per carry. The 6-foot, 233-pounder has really come on over the past two games, a needed positive development in East Lansing. Scott had 699 yards and 11 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2015.
Oct 29 - 4:30 PM

Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio indicated that his decision on a starting quarterback will not come until prior to Saturday's kickoff against Michigan.

Health and practice performance will be the deciding factors here. On the former front, Tyler O'Connor is currently dealing with a foot injury. Redshirt freshman Brian Lewerke took all of the snaps at signal-caller in Saturday's loss to Maryland, completing 11-of-24 passes for 156 yards and an interception (no touchdowns). Regardless of who ultimately draws the start this weekend, fantasy owners should steer clear, especially given that Michigan is the opponent.
Source: Land of 10
Oct 25 - 1:37 PM

An NFC scout believes Michigan State junior DL Malik McDowell "could end up being a better player than DeForest Buckner."

"He has a lot of talent. I think he could end up being a better player than DeForest Buckner but I'm not completely sold on his football character yet," the scout said. "I've studied him pretty closely this year and he's not afraid to tap himself out of a game when he's tired. He needs to be able to play through that fatigue sometimes." Buckner went to the 49ers with the seventh overall pick of this year's draft. "I think he's a good comp for McDowell," wrote NFL.com's Lance Zierlein. "Indeed, the junior DL is very talented and he has a unique blend of length and ability to stop the run from an interior spot. The Spartans have lined McDowell up in just about every spot along the defensive line and that will be a tremendous selling point to NFL evaluators. While McDowell hasn't had the same success rushing the passer as he did last year, he's very capable of slipping around or between blockers and creating a menacing specter for quarterbacks."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 23 - 11:21 AM

Michigan State redshirt freshman QB Brian Lewerke is starting in Saturday's game against Maryland.

Lewerke also started last weekend's showdown with Northwestern. Tyler O'Connor played significant minutes in that one, though, so it isn't a given that Lewerke will be the sole signal-caller on Saturday.
Oct 22 - 7:52 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior QB Tyler O'Connor is listed as co-starter in advance of Saturday's game against Maryland.

O'Connor saw himself benched for Brian Lewerke prior to last weekend's tilt with Northwestern. After Lewerke proved relatively ineffective, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound redshirt senior came on in relief to throw for 281 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Sparty ultimately fell by a 54-40 final score, but O'Connor may well have salvaged his starting job with the nice performance. To be determined. Lewerke is listed at co-starter along with O'Connor on this week's depth chart. Expect an official decision on the starter to come closer to Saturday's kickoff.
Source: 247Sports
Oct 18 - 12:21 PM


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