Football isportsweb.com —  It’s that time of year again — we are officially in the opening week of the college football season, which means the Michigan State football team is set to take the field Friday night against FCS opponent Jacksonville State. The Spartans are coming off a magical season that saw them win the Big Ten Championship against Ohio State and win the Rose Bowl against Stanford — so the expectations are as high as they’ve ever been in East Lansing.
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Football freep.com —  Darian Hicks may not be able to overcome his boyish looks, but he was not going to hear any more about boyish play. Hicks focused on physicality this month, and it helped him end it where he started it – atop the Michigan State depth chart at field cornerback. “Being more physical against our offense, I kind of make it known that you can no longer punk me out here,” Hicks said. “Like, I’m stronger, I’m bigger, I’m faster, and I’m ready for contact. With anybody.”
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Football detroitnews.com —  Harlon Barnett thought he was going to get out of his media briefing Wednesday without talking about it. For the Michigan State defensive backs coach, there is a moment from his playing career that most people remember, far more than him winning a Rose Bowl with the Spartans before embarking on a seven-year NFL career. That moment came nearly 20 years ago at the Pontiac Silverdome when Barnett, a defensive back for the New England Patriots, got spun around like a top trying to stop Barry Sanders.



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Football msuspartans.com —  Last season, the members of Michigan State's defense chewed their gum in perfect rhythm. Middle linebacker Max Bullough knew what Denicos Allen and Taiwan Jones were thinking to his right or left because he was transmitting information to them telepathically.
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Football freep.com —  This year’s “Survivor” theme is “San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water,” with nine couples competing. Misch, a Waterford native who played at MSU from 2007-10, is paired with Jaclyn Schultz, a media buyer in Las Vegas who was Miss Michigan USA 2013 and attended Michigan State and Central Michigan.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Thanks in part to an offensive line that gelled as the 2013 season progressed, the Michigan State offensive made the transition from "massive liability" to "above average at times", aiding the Spartans to the 2013 Big Ten title and a 2014 Rose Bowl win. However, key pieces need to be replaced.
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Football isportsweb.com —  Although Jacksonville State plays in the FCS – the nation’s second tier of collegiate football – that doesn’t mean Michigan State’s opponents for their season opener Friday night at Spartan Stadium are someone that should be overlooked. The Gamecocks run an up-tempo, high-octane offense that helped them to an 11-4 record a year ago.
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Football  —  Spartan Sports Network spoke to Shilique Calhoun about preparation for Jacksonville State, scouting them, and being conditioned.


Riley Bullough spoke to Spartan Sports Network about preparing for Jacksonville State, Demarcus James, and studying the playbook.


CB Darian Hicks talks about preparing for Jacksonville State, his teammate Riley Bullough possibly serenading the team with country music and conditioning.

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Football spartannation.com —  Coming off the 2013 Big Ten and Rose Bowl Championship season, the Spartans host the Jacksonville St. Gamecocks in their traditional Friday night of Labor Day weekend opener at 7:30 on the Big Ten Network.
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Football mlive.com —  Mylan Hicks has earned a little celebration for himself after his final fall camp. After four years as a reserve and special-teamer, the fifth-year senior linebacker is finally in line to see significant playing time heading into Friday’s season-opener against Jacksonville State. But is it satisfying? Not so much. “I wouldn’t say satisfying, because that’s kind of like parallel with being content,” Hicks said Tuesday. “I’m glad I’m getting my opportunity, but all-in-all, I just want to be a part of something great this season as a whole team.”
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Football theoaklandpress.com —  Mark Dantonio cares more about how No. 8 Michigan State plays than how many plays Jacksonville State can run with its fast-tempo offense in Friday’s season opener for both teams. The Spartans coach said Tuesday he likes what he sees in a retooled defense after a 13-1 season that included Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships. But he stressed the importance of playing a sound game against a Football Championship Subdivision title hopeful.
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