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Former Ohio State WR Frank Epitropoulos will walk-on at Michigan State.

Epitropoulos was part of the 2012 recruiting class but saw very little action in 2013. He then left last August to focus on his pre-med degree. The receiver hopes to work towards a scholarship with the Spartans.
Jul 29 - 9:57 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl is "highly impressed" with Michigan State redshirt junior T Jack Conklin.

Weidl calls Conklin "naturally powerful" and he loves the offensive tackle's toughness and finish in the running game. Many suggested Conklin enter the 2015 NFL Draft, but Conklin and many of the other Spartans returned to school for one more run. Conklin might be a better run blocker than pass protector at this point in his career.
Jul 28 - 9:28 AM

Michigan State junior RB Delton Williams will officially rejoin the football team in mid-August.

He will be a non-scholarship athlete. Williams was suspended last spring after brandishing a firearm in public and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. The school opens practice on August 8, and Williams return August 14. He was the school's third leading rusher last year, but the Spartans are still looking to replace Jeremy Langford.
Jul 28 - 8:42 AM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun "would have factored into the first round in 2015," reports ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Calhoun is an edge-rusher who can also hold the point and not get pushed backward," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, recorded eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss last year. "He could be stronger, but you don't want to give away the ability to bend and turn the corner upfield, either," Kiper wrote. The scribe grades Calhoun as the No. 3 senior defensive end prospect in the nation.
Jul 20 - 10:17 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown labeled Michigan State redshirt junior T Jack Conklin as "one of the biggest recruiting steals you'll see."

Indeed, Conklin was ignored by evaluators in high school and arrived on campus as a walk-on. "Now he's one of the most reliable pass blockers in the nation and a potential first-round pick," Brown wrote. "He's allowed only 2 ½ sacks in his career, playing a big role for a line that allowed only 11 sacks in 13 games and paved the way for 100-plus yards for tailback Jeremy Langford in 16 straight Big Ten games." The analyst ranks Conklin as the No. 4 offensive lineman in the country. The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Conklin has started the last 23 games at left tackle.
Jul 19 - 4:50 PM

Michigan State senior OLB Ed Davis is a "versatile linebacker who can play inside, rush from off the edge, blitz and cover ground in space," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports.

"He's a great team player who is willing to maintain his run fits and stuff the gaps in order to spill runs outside. Those plays don't show up on stat sheets, but coaches love them," Zierlein wrote. In 40 career games, the 6-foot-3, 233-pound Davis has recorded 80 tackles, with 16.5 for losses and 11 sacks. As a junior, Davis earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors, posting 58 tackles, 12 TFL and seven sacks in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 17 - 2:10 PM

With the First Pick's Jon Dove has Michigan State redshirt junior T Jack Conklin "rated as a first round prospect but only at the guard position."

"He lacks the change of direction and foot speed to hold up at tackle in the NFL," Dove wrote. "Conklin will struggle protecting the quarterback against the elite athletes at the next level. However, his ability as a run blocker and toughness means he has a future at guard." The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Conklin played 868 snaps in the 2014 regular season and only gave up 2.5 sacks. "Conklin uses his heavy hands, natural strength and leverage to consistently generate a push off the line," Dove wrote. "He’s also a solid that may struggle protecting the quarterback in space but is more than capable of handling the interior pass rush."
Jul 13 - 8:06 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun was "a bit overrated at first, but he has grown into one of the nation's best defensive ends -- with plenty of untapped potential still," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Calhoun generated a lot of attention early in 2013 when he out-scored a struggling Spartans offense himself, with three defensive touchdowns in the team's first two games," Brown wrote. "He returned for his senior season despite the loss of defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. He has the quickness and speed off the edge to help ease the transition of a new-look secondary behind him." The scribe ranks him as the No. 6 defensive tackle in the country. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, recorded eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss last year.
Jul 12 - 8:19 PM

ESPN's Brian Bennett thinks Michigan State senior WR Aaron Burbridge is set to become the Spartans' top aerial target in 2015.

Tony Lippett was one of two 1,000-yard receivers in the Big Ten last year. He and Keith Mumphery are both now in the NFL, giving Burbridge a great chance to ascend to "go-to receiver" status. "Perhaps Burbridge can fill it as the new No. 1 receiver," Bennett wrote. "He’ll need to take a major step forward after registering just 29 catches for 358 yards in ’14, but he is skilled and has Connor Cook throwing him the ball."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 3:59 PM

Of Michigan State sophomore DE Malik McDowell, defensive line coach Ron Burton said after spring ball: "We expect him to dominate."

The ace recruit finished with 15 tackles, 4 1/2 TFL and 1 1/2 sacks in a rotational role as a true freshman. "Now, however, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound sophomore will become a prominent part of a loaded defensive line alongside Shilique Calhoun, Lawrence Thomas and Joel Heath -- a group that will be among the best in the country, despite the departure of coordinator Pat Narduzzi," wrote Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
Jul 9 - 9:27 PM

Michigan State senior OLB Ed Davis' "game is attacking the line of scrimmage like a battering ram, taking on blocks and blowing up gaps to disrupt the offensive gameplan," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Davis is at his best downhill (12.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks in 2014), initiating contact and delivering a blow with terrific take-on strength. He has some stiffness in the open field and needs a moment to collect himself when changing directions," Brugler wrote. In his time as a Spartan, the 6-foot-3, 233-pound Davis has recorded 80 tackles, with 16.5 for losses and 11 sacks. As a junior, Davis earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 8 - 2:07 PM

Michigan State QB Connor Cook "at times can look like the best quarterback in the country," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"He has a solid arm, and he's capable of fitting fastballs into tight windows, as well as making brilliant downfield throws," Brown wrote. "He's also streaky with accuracy and decision-making. Michigan State's offense -- with the run as a foundation and downfield throws working off of it -- lends itself to a somewhat lower completion rate, so Cook's 58.1 percentage isn't a surprise. Still, he's the type of quarterback who can blow away the competition for one drive, then miss easy throws the next, as his accuracy on short and mid-range throws can be erratic." The draft expert ranks Cook as the No. 6 signal-caller in the nation. "Cook -- with the help of an excellent line -- doesn't take sacks, and despite some bad decisions, he's thrown a total of 14 picks over the last two seasons," Brown wrote. "He's unquestionably one of the best quarterbacks in the country entering his senior year."
Jul 7 - 9:31 PM

Michigan State senior C Jack Allen has already received the "overachiever" label from some scouts, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He is a classic grinder, but that overaggressive style will cause him to fall off blocks and the good interior rushers know how to lure him off-balance and then uproot him on their way to the backfield. Allen, who has already received the "overachiever" label from some scouts, enters the season as one of the top-five senior prospects at his position," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 295-pounder was a Rimington Trophy Finalist and earned All-American honors last season. As a Spartan, Allen has played in 36 career games for Michigan State, with 30 starts at center, and five at left guard. Brugler adds that Allen is "the all-important glue that keeps" the Spartans line "together and in tune."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 7 - 4:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Michigan State redshirt junior LT Jack Conklin "displays the "steady-eddie" skill-set and intangibles that should lead to a long pro career."

"He lines up with a firm anchor and rarely plays in reverse with quick eyes and smarts to pick up extra blockers. Conklin will get his feet tied up in his outside kickslide, which forces him to fall off balance, but while he lacks the quick-twitch body control to always pick up edge speed, he is very quick-minded and never takes a play off. Some scouts are head-over-heels excited about his potential while others are simply lukewarm on his NFL future, but regardless, Conklin displays the "steady-eddie" skill-set and intangibles that should lead to a long pro career," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Conklin played a team-high 868 snaps during the regular season and only gave up 2.5 sacks all season. The Michigan prospect has 26 starts under his belt, with 23 consecutive starts at left tackle for the Spartans.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 7 - 3:33 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that with "more seasoning as a senior," Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun "could establish himself as one of the top-five senior prospects for the 2016 class."

"He is stout at the point of attack to hold his ground vs. the run, but has a bad habit of lowering his head at contact, losing sight of his target. Calhoun needs to be a better finisher in the pocket, playing too hard and out of control at times, leaving production on the field. He has improved each season in East Lansing since becoming a starter as a sophomore and with more seasoning as a senior, Calhoun could establish himself as one of the top-five senior prospects for the 2016 class," Brugler wrote. The two time second-team All American lead the team in sacks the last two years. In 2014, Calhoun recorded 8.0 sacks, with 39 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 7 - 2:49 PM


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