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At this time last December, Michigan State players were taking final exams and getting ready for the holiday break. Now one year after the 3-9 collapse, Michigan State flipped its record and is returning to a bowl game. The No. 16 Spartans (9-3, 7-2 Big Ten) will face No. 18 Washington State (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) in the Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Another 10-win season is on the line for Michigan State and it would be Dantonio’s 100th victory since taking over the program in 2007.

Source: MLive.com

11 hours ago

Two of Washington State’s top wideouts won’t play in the Holiday Bowl. That really doesn’t mean much to Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio. He knows the Cougars’ offense is not reliant on just one receiver. “They’re gonna throw it,” Dantonio said after his team banquet Sunday.

Source: Detroit Free Press

11 hours ago

Marcel Lewis fit right in among the defensive players on the Detroit Free Press high school football Dream Team at the gala in their honor on Sunday. But in a way, he was the odd one out. Lewis, a Chippewa Valley (Clinton Township, Mich.) junior linebacker, was the only underclassman selected for the compilation of the best defensive players in Michigan. He was one of only two on the whole team, along with Belleville (Mich.) tackle Devontae Dobbs, a 5-star junior in the 247Sports composite rankings.

Source: Land of 10

11 hours ago

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Tuesday that rookie linebacker Riley Bullough has been promoted from the team’s practice squad to its 53-man roster. The former Spartan was signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent in May and played in all four of the team’s preseason games. Prior to his promotion, Bullough had been on the Buccaneers’ practice squad since the beginning of the regular season.

Source: Land of 10

2 days ago

La’Darius Jefferson has figured out where he’s going to college.The next question is where will he play at Michigan State?Jefferson, who quarterbacked Muskegon to the Division 3 state championship and was the MLive Michigan High School Football Player of the Year, sees himself on the offensive side but not necessarily as a QB with the Spartans.

Source: MLive.com

2 days ago

Josiah Scott has been named a first-team Freshman All-American by ESPN.com. Scott became just the third true freshman position player under Mark Dantonio to start in his collegiate debut, and never looked back, starting in 11 games overall at cornerback during the regular season, the most ever by a freshman position player in the Dantonio era.

Source: Michigan State University Official Athletic Site

2 days ago

Chris Frey was passing Kyonta Stallworth inside the Duffy Daugherty Building Friday and heard the redshirt sophomore defensive tackle mention how he hadn’t practiced in a year. “I was like, ‘no, it’s been two weeks. I’m glad you feel that way, though,'” Frey, a Michigan State senior linebacker said with a laugh.

Source: MLive.com

2 days ago

There were plenty of smiles around the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State on Sunday as the football team held its annual banquet. Players dressed in suits and ties surrounded by their families, and of course, the Spartans coaches celebrated a season that few will forget. It wasn’t like 2015 when a playoff game was on the horizon or 2013 when a trip to the Rose Bowl awaited.

Source: Detroit News

2 days ago

Between the waves of optimism and the endless gushing of a young MSU core, there was a select group of Spartans guiding their underclassmen counterparts along the way. Some led behind the scenes, others at the front line, also known as the line of scrimmage. They’re called the “bounce back” class, a term dubbed by head coach Mark Dantonio.

Source: The State News

2 days ago

Muskegon quarterback and Free Press Dream Team selection La’Darius Jefferson talks about committing to Michigan State and attending the Free Press All-State Dream Team banquet at the Dearborn Inn on Dec. 10, 2017

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 days ago

Washington State has one of the top passing attacks in the nation but is now short two key targets. The No. 18 Cougars (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) will not have their top two wide receivers, Tavares Martin Jr. and Isaiah Johnson-Mack, for the Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl against No. 16 Michigan State (9-3, 7-2 Big Ten) in San Diego.

Source: MLive.com

2 days ago

No. 19 MSU is in the early stages of preparing for its Holiday Bowl showdown against No. 21 Washington State on Dec. 28 in San Diego (9 p.m./Fox Sports 1). For Mark Dantonio, his 11th banquet as head coach provided a reason to celebrate the accomplishments of his team’s growth in a year.

Source: Detroit Free Pressl

3 days ago

Whether it was Javon Ringer in back-to-back years or any of the following eight winners, Michigan State’s team MVP had always been an upperclassmen under head coach Mark Dantonio. Then came Joe Bachie. The sophomore linebacker was announced as MSU’s MVP during the end-of-year awards banquet Sunday.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

3 days ago

“I really respect the job, the grind and the grit that our football team showed really from day one,” MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said. “Not just in the games, but really coming back and starting the process over and doing it the hard way. That’s what we’ve done, and I’m very, very appreciative of all of their hard work. It’s not a very big senior class, but the seniors who were there led, and then we’ve got an infusion of young players into this program, which I think sort of gave us a new life, and then our junior class if very solid.”

Source:  Michigan State University Official Athletic Site

3 days ago

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh took exception to a comment made by Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and fired back on Twitter. Following Michigan State’s team banquet Sunday night at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing, Dantonio was asked if he was surprised by Harbaugh’s reaction. “In this day and age, not surprising,” Dantonio said.

Source: MLive.com

3 days ago

One by one, they admitted not going to Florida stunned them, and being leaped by Michigan for a New Year’s Day bid stung them. But Michigan State’s football players also said they quickly came to a few realizations after receiving a bid to the Holiday Bowl last week. Linebacker Chris Frey listed off the reasons, from getting to go to San Diego to facing another ranked opponent in Washington State to playing in a bowl a year after finishing 3-9.

Source: Detroit Free Press

4 days ago

Michigan State’s recruiting class grew to 20 on Saturday with a commitment from Muskegon (Mich.) High athlete La’Darius Jefferson. There might be one or two more that join the fold, but as it stands right now, the Spartans are about done with this 2018 recruiting class. Maybe a receiver in Top247 standout Tommy Bush and maybe a linebacker like Top247 Ohio standout Christopher Oats. Regardless of what happens with those two, head coach Mark Dantonio and his staff have pulled in a class they’re certainly ex

Source: Spartan Tailgate

4 days ago

Three-star Muskegon (Mich.) senior athlete La’Darius Jefferson announced his commitment to Michigan State on Saturday, bringing Michigan State’s 2018 class to 20 commits.  Jefferson had originally been committed to Central Florida before reopening his recruitment in November, days after receiving a Michigan State offer. The Knights recruited him as a quarterback, but the Spartans

Source: Land of 10

4 days ago

Several Michigan State players met with the media Friday evening after the Spartans’ first bowl practice as No. 16 MSU began preparations to take on No. 18 Washington State (9-3) in the 40th annual San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 9 p.m. EST.

Source: Michigan State University Official Athletic Site

4 days ago

The Michigan State football team began practicing for the Holiday Bowl on Friday afternoon with a two-hour workout in full pads in the Duffy Daugherty Indoor Building. The No. 16 Spartans (9-3) are preparing to take on No. 18 Washington State (9-3) in the 40th annual San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 9 p.m. EST.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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