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It’s two weeks away from the kickoff to Michigan State’s football season. And with that comes the revival of natural rhythms of covering college sports. Earlier this week, as a gaggle of reporters stood on the practice field waiting for Mark Dantonio, there were some over-under guesses about some of the phrases he would use to sum up how preseason practice was going. One of them, of course, was “dog days” – a favorite of every coach in every sport when the routine becomes a grind and the wait for something

Source: Detroit Free Press

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MSU’s fifth-year senior is a leader and a key contributor.  Without guys like Matt Sokol, Michigan State simply wouldn’t be the program that it is today.

Source: Spartans Wire

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The defense being ahead of the offense early in preseason camp is nothing new. At least, that’s been a familiar pattern at Michigan State under coach Mark Dantonio. Even in some of their most prolific seasons, including 2014 when the Spartans set program records in nearly every major offensive category, the defense was on its game early in camp.

Source: Detroit News

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Tight end is one position Michigan State does not have a commit at yet in the 2019 class, but a top target at that spot is materializing in Trotwood (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison’s Justin Stephens. Stephens is a 6-foot-7, 235-pound prospect who is a good enough athlete to have played a significant role on a state championship basketball team. While it took some time for him to get on the major college recruiting radar, once he did, the offers came quickly. Michigan State is one of the schools that has offered,

Source: Detroit News

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Oct. 22, 2011: No. 15 MSU 37, No. 4 Wisconsin 31

A premier showdown on primetime television made for an electric night at Spartan Stadium. MSU vs. Wisconsin. Kirk Cousins vs. Russell Wilson. MSU’s defense vs. Monte Ball. Ball position vs. The replay system. This game had it ALL.

Source: The Only Colors

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If everything goes according to plan for Michigan State this season, redshirt freshman Rocky Lombardi won’t take any meaningful snaps outside of the few the coaching staff hand-picks for him. MSU head coach Mark Dantonio wants to throw quarterbacks not named Brian Lewerke into the fray, and perhaps not just when the game is out of reach.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

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Tim Hall runs over the numbers in his head and they’re difficult to grasp. The founder and director of the Garfield Park Gators youth football program on the west side of Chicago has had 12 athletes go on to play at four-year colleges in his 15 years as coach. Another eight of his former players have been killed. Raequan Williams, one of those 12 who made it to college, lives at the crossroads of that disturbing ratio.

Source: MLive.com

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If Michigan State wants to win the B1G — and they have a legitimate shot — Lewerke is going to have to be the best quarterback in the league. He’s going to need to win the showdown with Trace McSorley when the Spartans play Penn State (Oct. 13) and he’ll need to outplay Shea Patterson in the Michigan game (Oct. 20). Same with Dwayne Haskins and Ohio State (Nov. 10); it’s got to be on Lewerke.

Source: Saturday Tradition

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All the talk has been about Connor Heyward as Scott’s backup, but Bridges is clearly making an impression and being compared to Jeremy Langford is incredibly high praise. If he can be anything like Langford, the Spartans will be in luck. Imagine a backfield with an elusive Scott, powerful Heyward and speedy Bridges — flat-out scary.

Source: Spartan Avenue

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As always, the first question I like to ask recruits is, why Michigan State? “I chose to commit to Michigan State because I know how it can affect my future and get me where I want to be,” Brown said. “Michigan State has always been my dream school and once that chance came upon me I had to take that opportunity.”

Source: The Only Colors

2 days ago

The transition was fast. Just a month after announcing his commitment to Michigan State in December, Kalon Gervin was on campus in East Lansing. As an early enrollee, the cornerback from Detroit Cass Tech High School began working out with the team and went through spring practice.

Source: MLive.com

2 days ago

Life was less complicated last season for Michigan State’s offense, if only because Brian Allen had all the answers. So for Brian Lewerke, the Spartans’ quarterback, there’s no question this could be something new, wondering if his center is seeing things clearly, doubting whether the guy in front of him has it right.

Source: Detroit News

2 days ago

Mark Dantonio is in hot pursuit of the school record for victories. Legendary coach Duffy Daugherty was 109-69-5 in East Lansing from 1954 to 1972; Dantonio, 100-45 in 12 seasons, needs nine wins to tie Daugherty and 10 to pass him. Granted, teams play more games per season now than in Daugherty’s day, but Dantonio’s advantage in winning percentage (.690 to .609) is pretty significant.

Source: Saturday Tradition

2 days ago

Replacing starters is not a big deal this season for Michigan State. It’s been stated over and over — and used as evidence that the Spartans could be one of the top teams in the nation — that only three starters are gone from last season’s team that went 10-3 and finished second in the Big Ten East.

Source: Detroit News

2 days ago

Brian Lewerke remembers the jitters he felt before his first few attempts to prove himself as a young quarterback to his Michigan State coaches. “I was pretty nervous, I won’t lie, when I was going into those scrimmages,” the junior said of his first few years as a Spartan. “I still get a little bit of butterflies, because it’s the first game-time field experience we have.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 days ago

College football’s annual two-week watch list season wrapped up in late July with seven Michigan State players in the running for 11 national awards. However, there are a few late additions to mention as quarterback Brian Lewerke and defensive end Kenny Willekes both landed on watch lists this week.

Source: MLive.com

2 days ago

Michigan State travels to PAC-12 territory for their lone non-conference road game this season. The Spartans will play Arizona State in Tempe in the first half of a home-and-home between the two teams. The Sun Devils will return the favor with a trip to East Lansing next season. It will be MSU’s first trip to Arizona State since September of 1986, a 20-17 loss to the hosts.

Source: The Only Colors

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Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke wasn’t thrilled with the offense’s performance in the first scrimmage of fall camp on Friday. However, there was a highlight-reel play from redshirt junior wide receiver Darrell Stewart Jr. the program shared via Twitter. Stewart elevated, fought off contact from safety David Dowell and used his left hand to haul in a pass from Lewerke.

Source: MLive.com

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Nov. 27, 2010: No. 11 MSU 28, Penn State 22

This wasn’t the toughest game on the schedule, but it was a challenging finale to the year as MSU rolled into Happy Valley to take on a 7-4 Penn State squad. Oh, and all the pressure of winning a conference title on their shoulders too. That too.

Source: The Only Colors

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