Football freep.com —  McDowell, who played high school football at Detroit Loyola and Southfield High and was arguably Mark Dantonio’s biggest high-profile recruit, had trouble staying on the field this past fall. He took several shots to the ribs, and to his shoulders and head, often times stumbling or limping off the field after getting blasted by double- and even triple-teams. Finally, against Illinois, he hurt his ankle so thoroughly he was unable to play the final three games of the year.
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Football mlive.com —  Most mock drafts released in the latter part of the season or after the season peg McDowell, the defensive tackle from Detroit, as an early to mid-first round pick.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell will forgo his senior season and enter the 2017 National Football League Draft. McDowell, who was the only returning starter on the defensive line for the Spartans in 2016 from last season’s Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff team, led the unit this season with 34 tackles, including a team-best seven for losses (31 yards), in nine games. He missed the last three games of the season (Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State) due to an injury he suffered at Illinois on Nov. 5.
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Football azcentral.com —  Cassius Peat was stunned that Mark Dantonio reached out to him after his season ended to see if he'd like to come back for an official visit. This past weekend, the former Spartan defensive lineman returned to East Lansing, wowed by the reception he received from the coaches and players. Peat left Michigan State last summer because he said he needed to take care of "personal things at home." He took 17 credit hours at Pima Community College in Tucson this fall. He said he did not play football at Pima.
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Football mlive.com —  Domata Peko, the longest serving former Michigan State player in the NFL, got a couple reminders of his age recently and, all things considered, they went pretty well. The defensive tackle is in his 11th season with the Cincinnati Bengals - or old enough to share friendlies with some of the 14 Bengals who were honored Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium as part of the NFL's Legend's Program.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has its first two players player headed to a college football all-star game. Wide receiver R.J. Shelton and tight end Jamal Lyles have accepted invitations to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, the event announced recently.
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Football freep.com —  Tom Izzo may not have known much about Cameron Morse coming out of Flint. Michigan State’s coach does now. And he knows his Spartans could have their work cut out for them stopping the Youngstown State junior when they host the Penguins on Tuesday night (7 p.m./ESPNU). “There is no question that when you bring in kids that are from your state,” Izzo said Monday, “they’re gonna play at a different level.”
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Football mlive.com —  McDowell came to Michigan State in 2014 as a five-star recruit from Southfield, one of the highest-rated players in the Mark Dantonio era.
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Football mlive.com —  Staten has been Michigan State's offensive line coach for all nine seasons under Dantonio, and has also served as the staff's recruiting coordinator.
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Football freep.com —  If the Detroit Free Press had an award for most improved player, Dearborn’s Mustafa Khaleefah would win by a landslide. Even better, he is the All-West team captain – a well-earned honor for one of high school sport’s more amazing stories.
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Football landof10.com —  Catching Rocky Lombardi on the phone in early December after football season had wrapped up, I thought I might find the Michigan State quarterback commit sitting back and resting for once. Nope.
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Football mlive.com —  Multiple recruits throughout the year have affirmed their commitments to Michigan State despite the drop from the College Football Playoff to out of bowl contention.
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Football freep.com —  Before injuries to Ben Carter and Gavin Schilling, Nick Ward wasn’t expected to be a key contributor, but rather a complementary piece to spell the two veterans. But with those two out for the foreseeable future and Miles Bridges on the shelf for several weeks with an ankle injury, Ward is the Spartans’ only big man option besides 6-foot-6 Kenny Goins.
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  This used to be a happening weekend for Michigan State’s football program. Championship games played, bowl destinations learned, all the while existing in the middle of playoff chatter. The question that looms on this quiet MSU football weekend, as the rest of the college football world bustles about: How soon will the Spartans get to be part of it again?
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State’s long, slow walk back to the locker room after its loss at Penn State began an even longer trudge toward 2017. The cost of the Spartans’ 3-9 season means there is no bowl game to prepare for this month. There’s no immediate future for Mark Dantonio’s program for the first time in a decade, which means next season starts now.
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  Zeke the Wonder Dog died suddenly late Friday, his owner confirmed on Saturday.
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Football landof10.com —  There will be no bowl game for the Spartans for the first time since 2006 after they finished 3-9 this season and won just one Big Ten game. There was a seven-game losing streak, the longest for the program in 34 years, that flipped the script from a year ago when Michigan State beat Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game and earned a berth in the College Football Playoff.
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Football isportsweb.com —  The other day we looked at the offensive and defensive stats from the Michigan State football season to try and determine the major factors for why the Spartans fell so hard this year. In this piece, we are going to look at the decline of the special teams. Once a strength, they have quickly turned into one of the team’s weaknesses over the last several seasons.
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Football landof10.com —  The news of former Ohio State outside linebacker commit Antjuan Simmons’ decision to reopen his commitment was met with a flurry of excitement on Michigan State’s end. “Already Know Where To Come,” Spartans running back commit Weston Bridges said to Simmons on Twitter in the wake of the news. “We need one more ‘backer, and he’s it,” on source close to Michigan State told Land of 10.
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Football freep.com —  The Michigan State football coaching staff has been on the road and extending scholarship offers to several prospects this week. One player was 6-foot, 315-pound defensive tackle Cam Goode of St. Johns College in Washington, D.C. Coach Ron Burton is the primary recruiter for Michigan State in D.C., and Goode is a player he is hoping to land in the 2018 class. Other schools that have offered him include Pittsburgh and Wake Forest.
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