Football detroitnews.com —  Florida and Georgia have been two states Michigan State’s staff has been able to procure talent from over the last several years. The Spartans currently have seven players on their roster from those states, and judging from their recent stops and offers during the spring evaluation period, that is a number they’d like to see grow in the 2017 and 2018 classes.
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Football espn.go.com —  Spring practice is in the books, which means we can assess the progress -- or lack thereof -- from those 15 practice sessions. Some position battles have been solidified; others remain in flux until well after fall camp opens. This week, we'll take a look at each team and what we've learned. Up next: Michigan State.
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Football espn.go.com —  Poster-sized images of Michigan State's recent running backs line the walls of offensive coordinator Dave Warner's office. It's a shrine to both consistency and variety. A reliable rushing attack has helped MSU sustain success. But the Spartans haven't required a prototype. Javon Ringer wasn't like Edwin Baker, who wasn't like Le'Veon Bell, who wasn't like Jeremy Langford.
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Football isportsweb.com —  In his nine years at Michigan State, Mark Dantonio has seen some pretty good quarterbacks calling the signals in East Lansing. Three of the four QB’s to start for an entire season have found their way to the NFL, with Connor Cook becoming the latest this past weekend.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  “I think when our guys come and they see our players and they know how successful they've been both as a team and individually and then they watch the draft and see how competitive it is, I think it sends a number of messages to them,” Dantonio said.
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Football freep.com —  Satellite camps are back in vogue, and Michigan State football coaches are following the Sound Mind Sound Body Academy around the country. Mark Dantonio’s staff is scheduled to make all six national stops of next month's prospect camp, which originated in Detroit.
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Football mlive.com —  The Spartans fell outside the top 10 of another preseason football poll, and ESPN has declined to slot any of MSU's games in prime-time, to this point.
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Football freep.com —  Malik McDowell, it’s your turn to step under the microscope. The defensive tackle is considered by NFL Draft soothsayers to be the Spartans’ next first-round pick. Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com projects McDowell to go with the fifth pick to Tennessee. Jason McIntyre of TheBigLead.com tabs the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Detroit native going with the 12th pick to Atlanta. Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com sees McDowell as the No. 30 pick to Carolina.
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Football freep.com —  Lansing State Journal sports producer Dan Kilbridge, LSJ sports writer Chris Solari and LSJ columnist Graham Couch get right into the NFL Draft, discussing Connor Cook's shocking fall from potential first-round selection to fourth-round pick by the Oakland Raiders. They debate why it happened, where Cook goes from here, and also get into Aaron Burbridge's potential and other surprising Spartan snubs on draft weekend.




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Football thebiglead.com —  Cook turned out to be the most polarizing figure playing the most prominent position at the most important league’s made-for-television livestock auction. It was the conclusion of a seven-month-long silly season that turned serious. And you know what? He never stood a chance. He was a square peg being fed into a mighty machine that rounds off square edges until they fit into round holes.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Many NFL prospects get drafted later than expected every year. Connor Cook was among those who heard his named called a few rounds later than anticipated, but that's no excuse to attack his personality.
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Football mlive.com —  Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey says Jack Conklin will begin his NFL career playing right tackle. "He's going to start out at right tackle, we know he's capable of starting at left as many games as he did, but he has some right tackle starts under his belt and we'll start the rotation that way," Mularkey said Monday on Nashville's 104.5 FM, The Zone.
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Football chicagotribune.com —  A two-time All-American center and captain for the Big Ten champion Michigan State Spartans, Jack Allen had hoped to be selected in the NFL draft, which was held April 28-30 in Chicago. Despite not being among the 253 picks in the seven-round draft, Allen, a former Hinsdale Central offensive lineman, moved a step closer to realizing his childhood dream of making an NFL roster by signing a free-agent contract Saturday, April 30, with the New Orleans Saints.
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Football sportingnews.com —  Malik McDowell came to the realization after looking around during the first week of spring practice. Shilique Calhoun was nowhere to be heard. Fellow Detroit native Lawrence Thomas was gone. So was team leader Joel Heath. The Michigan State junior defensive tackle is the lone starter remaining from the front four that helped the Spartans advance to the College Football Playoff.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  The 2016 NFL Draft has come and gone. Unfortunately for several Michigan State Spartans, they did not hear their names called during the draft. The good news is by going undrafted, those guys are able to pick the team they sign with, which can often lead to them ending up in the best situation possible for their NFL futures.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  When Terry Samuel looks in the mirror and sees more gray hair than he did when he arrived at Michigan State in 2011, he doesn’t really have to wonder why. Five years can do that, but it’s rather easy to pinpoint the root of the changes in his roots to the 2012 season that wore on him, wore on his players and wore on everyone affiliated with Michigan State. “A lot of my gray hair is because of it, no doubt,” he said.
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Football mlive.com —  "I think that my feeling is that it needs to be a level playing field," Dantonio said on Sunday. "There's a lot of things that are positive about satellite camps. There's probably a couple negatives in there. So I think people are trying to make good decisions and try and get it so that everybody has equal opportunity and that it doesn't just go -- it just doesn't run wild."
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Football theonlycolors.com —  It was a successful NFL Draft weekend for the Michigan State Spartans as the school's five draft picks tied for eighth-most nationally. While the slide of Connor Cook to the fourth round was disappointing, Jack Conklin was a top-10 pick and five draftees is definitely something to be proud of. In the Big Ten, only Ohio State had more selections.
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Football mlive.com —  Arjen Colquhoun is headed to Dallas this week as an unsigned rookie free agent looking to find a spot on the Cowboys' roster. It's an opportunity Colquhoun earned by improving each year at Michigan State, evolving into the Spartans' best cornerback by the end of last season, according to MSU secondary coaching guru Harlon Barnett, once a former All-American DB himself.
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