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Most of Michigan State’s coaching staff was out recruiting last week, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t practice during the Spartans’ bye week. It just had a different look than usual. That’s because aside from head coach Mark Dantonio and a handful of graduate assistants, it was the players who were running their own practice. And coming off a disappointing loss at Arizona State in week two, it sounds like it was exactly what the Spartans needed. Or, at least, they believe it was.

Source: Detroit News

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With less than a month till practice begins there’s no better time than the present to take a deeper look at Michigan State’s upcoming non-conference schedule.

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Michigan State has the No. 1 rushing defense in the country through Week 3, at 34 yards per game given up. It’s given up only one play of 30 yards or more on the season, the fewest of any in the Big Ten. But the Spartans still find themselves in the bottom half of the conference in both total defense and scoring defense. The reason? The frustrating offensive strategy the Spartans’ first two opponents have taken.

Source: MLive.com

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Brian Lewerke used last September to cement his role as Michigan State’s starting quarterback. The redshirt junior is now two games into his second season leading the offense and gave himself a B-minus grade so far in 2018. “Done enough to get a win in one game,” he said Tuesday night after practice, “but obviously got to do better.”

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The question has been on Michigan State fans’ minds for the past month: What do the Spartans need to do differently in the run game to generate more yardage? Mark Dantonio was asked this on Tuesday. “Well,” Dantonio said, tongue-in-cheek, “we need to run the ball more effectively.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

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No. 24/23 Michigan State opens the Big Ten season at Indiana on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:40 p.m. in Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised on BTN and BTN2Go with Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason and Elise Menaker on the call. The Spartans (1-1) are coming off their bye week, while Indiana defeated Ball State at home, 38-10, to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2015.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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The Michigan State hockey team will play a Green-White intrasquad scrimmage on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:05 p.m. at Munn Ice Arena. Admission is free. The modified-format exhibition will be two periods with a 15-minute intermission. Following the game, the Spartans will host a meet-and-greet.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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“I talk to Coach Izzo all the time. As a matter of fact, he was there in my driveway at 5:30 this morning,” Dantonio said. “You know I let the dogs out. I was very surprised to see him.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Mark Dantonio remained his normally vague self in regards to Michigan State’s injury situation. However, the 12th-year head coach said Tuesday that the bye week allowed the 23rd-ranked Spartans to mend for Saturday’s Big Ten opener at Indiana more than had they had a game last week. “We’ll see how it all shakes out,” Dantonio said. “But I will say yes, it helps.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Mark Dantonio had a surprise waiting for him this morning when he let the dogs out. As he opened the garage door, there was Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo. It was around 5:30 a.m. Dantonio was getting his day started and Izzo was headed out of town. Dantonio recalled the meeting later Tuesday morning during his weekly press conference when asked about playing night games, which has started to become routine for the Spartans.

Source: Detroit News

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The Michigan State women’s tennis team begins its 2018 fall campaign at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic. The tournament takes place at the Western Racquet Club from Thursday, Sept. 20 through Saturday, Sept. 22. The finals will take place at the Al McGuire Center at Marquette University on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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The Michigan State field hockey team snapped its two-game losing streak on Tuesday, September 18, defeating Central Michigan by a final score of 2-1 at the CMU Field Hockey complex.

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Redshirt sophomore Brandon Bouyer-Randle is set to start at strong-side linebacker for Michigan State in its trip to Indiana this weekend. Rocky Lombardi is listed as the starting punter, which head coach Mark Dantonio said would be the case last week. Cole Chewins and redshirt sophomore Luke Campbell are co-starters again.

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MSU Women’s Golf Jacqueline Setas fights off cancer to return to golf team, Field Hockey works with the ROTC program to learn how to work together in stressful environments and we take a closer look at MSU Baseball annual Crosstown Showdown with the Lansing Lugnuts.

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For the second time this season, freshman forward Farai Mutatu has scored with less than four minutes left in regulation to guide No. 4 Michigan State past No. 8 Notre Dame, 1-0, on Monday night at Alumni Stadium.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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Tom Allen was in his first year as Indiana’s defensive coordinator when the Hoosiers beat Michigan State for the first time in a decade. The defeat was one of seven straight for the Spartans as they plummeted to a 3-9 finish in 2016 while juggling three quarterbacks. On Saturday, they will make their first return to Bloomington, Ind., since that 24-21 overtime loss and Allen, now Indiana’s head coach, notices a key difference.

Source: MLive.com

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Coming off an impressive sophomore season, Brian Lewerke wanted to work on one thing primarily in the off-season: accuracy. In his first season as Michigan State’s starting quarterback, Lewerke proved he could be a playmaker, amassing nearly 3,400 yards in total offense by mixing in more than 500 yards of rushing with five touchdowns. However, after completing only 59 percent of his passes (246-for-417) in 2017, it was clear he needed to take a step forward in that department.

Source: Detroit News

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