Michigan State will be a very young team in 2017, which means they have a lot of players that have yet to prove themselves. They do have the likes of L.J. Scott, Brian Allen and others that bring experience, but a lot of players have to live up to their hype. Grant Essenmacher, Max Lapthorne and I take a look at a few Michigan State players with the most to prove.
Khari Willis and Grayson Miller arrived at Michigan State at the same time. They both made their first start in the same game – an improbable, last-second win at Michigan in 2015. They’ve been part of a Big Ten championship team and a 3-9 squad. They’ve played well, made mistakes and been injured. Their dads even have the same first name, John. Willis and Miller, both junior safeties, can now add veterans in the secondary to their list of shared experiences.
After a week break, Lansing State Journal columnist and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari spend the 40 minutes breaking down the Spartan football team position-by-position and answering Twitter questions. Then, the duo transition to the announcement of Michigan State’s basketball schedule, which was released Wednesday.
Michigan State has 15 commitments for the class of 2018, which should increase to around 20 come National Signing Day in February. One position the staff has yet to address is running back. With Gerald Holmes set to graduate and LJ Scott a potential early departure for the NFL, the staff would like to add two players to the roster. Several prospects have emerged as high priority recruits for coach Mark Dantonio and his staff.
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Brian Lewerke remains the top guy in Michigan State’s open quarterback job, but he isn’t the only one running the offense right now. Quarterbacks coach Brad Salem said both Damion Terry and Messiah deWeaver are taking snaps with the first team, and true freshman Rocky Lombardi also remains in a continuing battle to be Lewerke’s understudy.
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The Michigan State football team practiced for two hours in shells on Thursday in preparation for the team’s second scrimmage of preseason camp on Friday. Following the team’s 16th practice of preseason camp, several assistant coaches and players met with the media to give an update on the team.
No. 22 Michigan State men’s soccer will play its second and final exhibition of the preseason when the Spartans make their yearly trek to Fort Wayne, Indiana to participate in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, where they’ll battle No. 25 Butler on Friday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. (ET).
Michigan State wrestling will feature a freshman periodically throughout the preseason in order to “Meet the Spartans” leading up to the 2017-18 season.This week freshman Brendan Black (Hobart, Indiana/Hobart High School) sat down with msuspartans.com to answer some questions.
Ron Burton simply refers to his hometown as the “804.” Highland Springs, a suburb of nearly 16,000 residents on the east side of Richmond, Virginia, is where Michigan State’s defensive tackles’ coach calls home. Head 80 miles west on Interstate 64 and you will run into Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia and ground zero for racial violence in America. Hundreds of protesters faced off Saturday in the college town, forcing police in riot gear to disperse crowds before the beginning of a white-nationalist rally downtown.
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The rubrics for rating athletic directors are a bit more complex than they are for coaches. The men who oversee the athletic departments don’t have win-loss records attached to their names. But when Sports Illustrated asked a group of media members and athletic directors to rate the best ADs in the country, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis graded out well.
For all the new starters Michigan State will have this season, placekicker has not received much attention. Four-year starter Michael Geiger is gone and there are four in the running to take over the spot. “They’re all competing and working hard,” Michigan State special teams coach Mark Snyder said after practice on Thursday. “It’s still a competition. Everybody is getting equal reps.”
A few starting jobs and a number of key roles on offense are at stake Friday when Michigan State holds its second scrimmage of preseason camp. That includes one spot on the offensive line. “Some of our guys who are in that two-deep need to respond tomorrow,” position coach Mark Staten said Thursday, “or else they’ll be passed by.
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Michigan State hasn’t released a depth chart since preseason camp began nearly three weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t competition on the field to help the coaching staff sort one out. The second scrimmage of camp takes place Friday, and that will go a long way toward getting a clearer picture of where everyone stands with one week of camp to go and two until the first game. One position that seems clear at the top spot might end up getting the most scrutiny when it comes to the backups. That spot, of course, is quarterback. Sophomore Brian Lewerke is the starter and nothing has happened that will change that.
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Michigan State women’s soccer is set to begin regular season play with two home matches, hosting Niagara on Friday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. and Washington on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. at DeMartin Soccer Stadium. Head Coach Tom Saxton enters his 27th season at helm of MSU women’s soccer, with help from associate head coach Tammy Farnum, in her 21st season, and assistant coach Stacy DeLonge, in her 15th year.
Jacob Slade has 13 minutes and roughly 30 pounds on his identical twin brother, Zach, but the two-way Olentangy senior football standouts are inseparable. “We’ve been best friends, training partners and very competitive sibling rivals since we were little,” said Zach Slade, who at 6 feet 4, 240 pounds, projects as a defensive end and short-yardage running back for the Braves. Jacob (6-4, 270) will start at offensive and defensive tackle.
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Michigan State gymnastics head coach Mike Rowe has added Brittney Harris as an assistant coach to complete his coaching staff for the Spartans.
Michigan State has been counted all offseason among the favorites for a Big Ten and national title. Now we know the road they’ll have to take to cutting down the nets. The Big Ten released its 2017-18 conference schedule on Wednesday afternoon. Michigan State followed by adding a few more non-conference games, meaning we know almost the team’s entire slate.
Damion Terry was in a Michigan State uniform for the first time when he heard the chants. With the offense struggling in the season opener against Western Michigan, “we want Terry, we want Terry” rang out inside Spartan Stadium. Terry didn’t play that game, or any other, as a true freshman. And, now four years later, there are no guarantees he will even take a meaningful snap this season.