1 day ago

Snapping is the family business, with Jack Allen in the NFL, Brian Allen hoping to join him and Matt Allen hoping to become Michigan State’s starter.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 days ago

In a certain way, the recruiting process for high school football athletes is a little like falling in love. When you know, you know. For three-star linebacker Marcel Lewis, Michigan State was the school he knew he wanted to play football at. “Michigan State, I just feel like they always showed me love,” Lewis said. “I know they are going to take care of me.”

Source: MLive.com

3 days ago

With a pair of returning starters on the offensive line out, Tyler Higby got the start at left guard in Michigan State’s spring game on April 7. It’s the same position he held down on and off for the past two seasons, but this spring brought change and new challenges for the redshirt junior. In addition to working at left guard, Higby took snaps at center and left tackle and believes his versatility will pay off this fall.

Source: MLive.com

4 days ago

Michigan State’s tight end production was cut in half last year – from 52 receptions for 558 yards and six touchdowns in 2016 to 26 catches for 263 yards and one touchdown last fall. That came after the graduation of Jamal Lyles and Josiah Price, the latter of whom set the program record for touchdowns by a tight end with 21.

Source: MLive.com

5 days ago

When Michigan State offered Clinton Township Chippewa Valley linebacker Marcel Lewis in January, the Spartans were his first Big Ten offer, and he immediately made it known it was an offer he had long waited for.

Source: Detroit News

5 days ago

“Creating a two-headed monster with the passing and running attack I think is something we can do – get balance and be proficient in both of those,” Lewerke said. “Personally, I want to get my completion percentage up a little bit.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

5 days ago

For all the talent the Spartans brought back on that side of the ball, offensive coordinator Dave Warner said the wide receivers stood out as the top development group this spring.

Source: MLive.com

5 days ago

Michigan State fans have gotten used to seeing plenty of Spartans graduate into the NFL over the last decade. Most years, it’s safe to assume a handful of former MSU players will hear their name called during the NFL Draft.

Source: The Only Colors

5 days ago

Detroit Cass Tech’s Jaren Mangham, a 2019 4-star running back/linebacker, is “getting closer by the day” to picking a college football program. Mangham (6 feet 2, 210 pounds) said his finalists are Michigan State, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and TCU. He currently holds 48 college offers.

Source: Detroit Free Press

6 days ago

Heading into last season, Michigan State counted just one returning starter in its secondary.And that was Justin Layne, who played both cornerback and wide receiver as a true freshman in 2016 and recorded only five starts in the secondary. The competition for starting spots and playing time was wide open following heavy attrition.

Source: MLive.com

6 days ago

Detroit Cass Tech’s Jaren Mangham, a 2019 4-star running back/linebacker, is “getting closer by the day” to picking a college football program. Mangham (6 feet 2, 210 pounds) said his finalists are Michigan State, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and TCU. He currently holds 48 college offers.

Source: Detroit Free Press

7 days ago

Grayson Miller took full advantage of a position shift and glut of injuries in Michigan State’s linebacking corps. He felt a position change, even after starting six games at safety in his first two years, was what benefited the Spartans the most this spring.

Source: Detroit Free Press

1 week ago

“He’s really just moving to the next phase of being a great quarterback,” Michigan State quarterbacks coach Brad Salem said. “He’s done a great job really, with his footwork, and just his eye control through progression reads and just being really consistent putting the ball in the right place.”

Source: MLive.com

1 week ago

If you want to be a defensive back or a wideout, go to Michigan State. Mark Dantonio’s program has been proficient in producing players at both spots over the last 10 years, with six receivers and six d-backs getting tabbed. On the other end of the spectrum, MSU has had just one linebacker taken since 2008: Greg Jones in 2011.

Source: Big Ten Network

1 week ago

The helmets and pads are back on the shelf. The playbooks are being traded for textbooks as finals approach. Now comes the long wait without football for Michigan State.

Source: Detroit Free Press

1 week ago

“Through the Banks of the Red Cedar” tells the story of Michigan State’s Gene Washington and the Spartans’ role in integrating college football.

Source: Detroit Free Press

1 week ago

The standout from Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian High School didn’t have a single Division I offer and chose to be a preferred walk-on at Michigan State. He earned a scholarship last spring and then rewarded the coaching staff for their faith in him with a breakout season. Now heading into his redshirt junior season, Willekes is maintaining the same work ethic that took him from scout team walk-on to starter.

Source: MLive.com

1 week ago

The tale of how a racially integrated MSU brought opportunity to athletes has been turned into a documentary.

Source: Detroit News

2 weeks ago

The Spartans had a precipitous drop from 37 sacks in 2015 during their run to the College Football Playoff to 11 during the disastrous, bowl-less 2016 season. Then last season, with minimal starting experience returning and a number of first-year producers, MSU’s pressure increased. Now-junior defensive end Kenny Willekes got a team-high seven of the Spartans’ 28 sacks as the unit finished second to only Alabama in run defense and seventh nationally in overall defense.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Line play in football is the hardest to evaluate in real time, especially for the coaches down on the field who can’t see from above the action. By Wednesday, though, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio was able to better assess the play of his offensive line in Saturday’s spring game.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

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