Football msuspartans.com —  If there were a Watch List for watch lists, Michigan State would be on it. From quarterback Connor Cook's name appearing on the Davey O'Brien Watch List to defensive end Shilique Calhoun on Wednesday being named to the preseason Big Ten Players to Watch list - in addition to already being recognized by the Bednarik and Lombardi Awards and placed in contention for the Nagurski Trophy among a host of other hardware - there is as least one Spartan vying for nearly every position award in the land.
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Football mlive.com —  It has been well-documented that Mark Dantonio's defense lost six defensive starters from a unit that finished second in the nation last season. That includes a pair from the secondary now with the Cincinnati Bengals -- first-round NFL draft pick Darqueze Dennard and safety Isaiah Lewis. But the Michigan State coach made it clear at Monday's Big Ten media day that he feels confident the Spartans have the right horses to continue to play defense at an elite level.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said Monday afternoon that he's stepping "a little higher" at this year's Big Ten media days at the downtown Hilton. "It's fun to come in after a season like that,'' Hollis said. "When I took the job (Jan. 1, 2008) a lot of people think I made the statement that the goal was to get to the Rose Bowl, and the goal was to have some stability and be able to go into each season expecting to end in the Rose Bowl, and I think that's the type of program we've built over the last five years."
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Football mlive.com —  Shilique Calhoun chose Michigan State over the NFL for the 2014 season for one reason above all the others. “I think the biggest thing was I wanted to get my degree,” Calhoun said Monday at the Big Ten media days. “I wanted to be the first one in my immediate family to get my degree.” That degree, in criminal justice, could be completed by May 2015, Calhoun said. He’s entering his fourth fall in East Lansing after redshirting in 2011.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Michigan State head strength and conditioning coach Ken Mannie gave the Spartans their reward for winning the Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships this summer. The toughest offseason regimen ever.
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Football freep.com —  Coach Mark Dantonio said Monday during Big Ten media days that sophomore safety Demetrious Cox might get a look at cornerback during preseason camp. This is the latest indication that junior RJ Williamson is the clear leader over Cox to replace three-year starter Isaiah Lewis at strong safety.
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Football freep.com —  “That thing is amazing,” the junior quarterback said Monday during Big Ten media day in Chicago. “Compared to what we had for the past 70 years or however old those locker rooms were, we’re so lucky, we’re so fortunate to have the facilities we have. … We actually have room to stretch and not be worried about someone stepping on our face with their cleats as we’re laying on the ground stretching.”
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Football detroitnews.com —  At the Big Ten's Media Days at the Chicago Hilton, there was no question who the Big Ten champion was last season. The contingent from Michigan State proudly displayed its reward after last year's conference title and Rose Bowl victory.
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Football db.lsj.com —  This is a matchup that would have been fun to see last season — Oregon’s mighty offense against an equally special Spartan defense. This year, in Week 2, it’s unclear if both programs will be rolling in the same gear they were in 2013.
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Football cbssports.com —  On a national level, Michigan State isn't considered one of the top football factories for producing NFL talent, but the Spartans have had at least one player drafted every year since 1940, a streak that falls just shy of Michigan (1938) for tops in the Big Ten. The Spartans top prospects for the 2015 class are mostly underclassmen, but it's not unrealistic to think that Michigan State could be the most represented Big Ten team in the 2015 NFL Draft.
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Football cbssports.com —  Is there a conference that leans too heavily on tradition more than the Big Ten? So your best team from last year -- you know, the team that won a Rose Bowl and would have been in a four-team playoff -- could actually be better this year. Or at least "deeper," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says. It finally has an offense Dantonio's arm-punting Big Ten peers could be proud of. The Spartans' three toughest conference games are all in East Lansing. Yet, somehow, Michigan State is picked to finish second in the league by about three touchdowns to Ohio State, which visits Spartan Stadium on Nov. 8.
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Football mlive.com —  Much was learned as Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio made the rounds at Big Ten media day at the downtown Hilton with quarterback Connor Cook, defensive end Shilique Calhoun and free safety Kurtis Drummond. Here's a list of seven things learned, some more important than others
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Football msuspartans.com —  The annual Big Ten Football Kickoff began Monday at the Hilton Chicago. Eighth-year head coach Mark Dantonio, junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun, junior quarterback Connor Cook and senior safety Kurtis Drummond took part in several interviews throughout the first day of the event, which is being covered by more than 500 media members.
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Football cdn.stationcaster.com —  Jim Comparoni, of SpartanMag.com, joins Huge from Chicago at the Big Ten Media Days.


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