9 hours ago

Ron Burton spent the last four seasons coaching the Spartans’ entire defensive line but is now splitting it up with Mark Snyder. Burton has the tackles and Snyder, who coached linebackers the last two seasons, has the ends. The move was made, in part, to reduce the player-to-coach ratio.

Source: MLive.com

9 hours ago

A text message popped into Mark Staten’s phone, a memory of years gone by and a reminder of what’s still to come. It was sent by Matt Allen. The Michigan State offensive lineman attached a photo of himself as a chubby, young teenager. He was standing with oldest brother, Jack, when he was about the same age at Spartan Stadium. Now, it’s Matt’s turn to put on the uniform and play alongside middle brother, senior Brian, on that same field.

Source: Detroit Free Press

1 day ago

“It’ll be a whole new depth chart, 1s and 2s, in my opinion, on Saturday,” Spartans offensive line coach Mark Staten said earlier in the week. But Michigan State didn’t even provide a depth chart before the scrimmage, so if changes were made, we won’t know it. We can only use the words of the coaching staff and the film of the spring game to surmise who might be on the field Sept. 2 against Bowling Green. So here are our projections of Michigan State’s season-opening starters, as well as those likely to b

Source: Land of 10

2 days ago

The offense topped the defense in overtime, 39-33, under the lights at Spartan Stadium on Friday night in the second jersey scrimmage of preseason camp.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

2 days ago

Ron Burton’s role changed this offseason, as the long-time defensive line coach who came to Michigan State in 2013 is now focused mostly on MSU’s defensive tackles. With former linebackers coach Mark Snyder now with the defensive ends, Burton is able to coach the interior linemen in more detail and help with more individual work now that he has fewer players in his group. And, considering the number of guys Burton expects to play on the inside this season for the Spartans, that’s probably for the best.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

2 days ago

While Michigan State may have lost a host of talent at several positions from last season, one thing is certain for the Spartans this upcoming season: there’ll be no loss for talent at the running back position.

Source: Impact Sports

2 days ago

It was hard to notice late last season, in the midst of Michigan State trudging through the final three games of a disappointing season. With a possible bowl bid disappearing rapidly and a defense failing to make an impact on any sort of consistent basis, there was a ray of light for the Spartans, and it happened to be right smack in the middle of the beleaguered defensive line.

Source: Detroit News

2 days ago

Earlier in the summer, Birmingham (Ala.) Mountain Brook rising senior running back Harold Joiner named Michigan State his leader. Since then, a visit to LSU has made the Tigers the favorite in the minds of many recruiting analysts. The Spartans will have an opportunity to impress Joiner, an unusually sized 6-foot-3, 225-pound running back, as he is expected to take an official visit to East Lansing on Sept. 23 when MSU plays host to Notre Dame.

Source: Detroit News

2 days ago

Michigan State has a healthy 35 alumni in the NFL, per ESPN. At the moment, it feels like fewer. Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell continues to hold out in a contract dispute. Max Bullough is on that list, but he’s unsigned and reportedly facing an eight-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use. The Houston Texans cut wide receiver Keith Mumphery at the same time as Bullough shortly after the release of a report saying Michigan State had expelled him for violating the school’s sexual

Source: Land of Ten

2 days ago

Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten couldn’t help but smile at the picture Matt Allen recently sent his way. Allen is a redshirt freshman in his second year with the program, but his love for MSU football goes back much further. Before he came along and before older brother Brian — now a senior — the oldest Allen, Jack, began his career at Michigan State in 2011.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

2 days ago

Michigan State has 15 prospects committed to its 2018 class, with the hopes of adding at least five more. Those additions could potentially start coming before September hits. For now, let’s take a glance at where things stand with the 2018 class:

Source: Land of 10

2 days ago

Michigan State knows who it will send out at quarterback for its season opener against Bowling Green in two weeks: sophomore Brian Lewerke. What it doesn’t know yet is who will go in if Lewerke is injured or ineffective at some point during the season. Spartans quarterback coach Brad Salem said on Thursday that the quarterback hierarchy behind Lewerke remains undecided through nearly three weeks of fall camp.

Source: MLive.com

2 days ago

Fans are going to need to be convinced without a shadow of doubt. They’re going to need more than positive reports from practice and quotes about leadership and competitive nature. It’s going to take regular season wins (multiple) before fans jump in with both feet in support of Brian Hoyer. A quick review of Twitter mentions makes that readily apparent.

Source: 49ers

2 days ago

Michigan State will be a very young team in 2017, which means they have a lot of players that have yet to prove themselves. They do have the likes of L.J. Scott, Brian Allen and others that bring experience, but a lot of players have to live up to their hype. Grant Essenmacher, Max Lapthorne and I take a look at a few Michigan State players with the most to prove.

Source: isportsweb

2 days ago

Khari Willis and Grayson Miller arrived at Michigan State at the same time. They both made their first start in the same game – an improbable, last-second win at Michigan in 2015. They’ve been part of a Big Ten championship team and a 3-9 squad. They’ve played well, made mistakes and been injured. Their dads even have the same first name, John. Willis and Miller, both junior safeties, can now add veterans in the secondary to their list of shared experiences.

Source: MLive.com

2 days ago

After a week break, Lansing State Journal columnist and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari spend the 40 minutes breaking down the Spartan football team position-by-position and answering Twitter questions. Then, the duo transition to the announcement of Michigan State’s basketball schedule, which was released Wednesday.

3 days ago

Michigan State has 15 commitments for the class of 2018, which should increase to around 20 come National Signing Day in February. One position the staff has yet to address is running back. With Gerald Holmes set to graduate and LJ Scott a potential early departure for the NFL, the staff would like to add two players to the roster. Several prospects have emerged as high priority recruits for coach Mark Dantonio and his staff.

Source: DEtroit Free Press

3 days ago

Brian Lewerke remains the top guy in Michigan State’s open quarterback job, but he isn’t the only one running the offense right now. Quarterbacks coach Brad Salem said both Damion Terry and Messiah deWeaver are taking snaps with the first team, and true freshman Rocky Lombardi also remains in a continuing battle to be Lewerke’s understudy.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 days ago

The Michigan State football team practiced for two hours in shells on Thursday in preparation for the team’s second scrimmage of preseason camp on Friday. Following the team’s 16th practice of preseason camp, several assistant coaches and players met with the media to give an update on the team.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

3 days ago

Ron Burton simply refers to his hometown as the “804.” Highland Springs, a suburb of nearly 16,000 residents on the east side of Richmond, Virginia, is where Michigan State’s defensive tackles’ coach calls home. Head 80 miles west on Interstate 64 and you will run into Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia and ground zero for racial violence in America. Hundreds of protesters faced off Saturday in the college town, forcing police in riot gear to disperse crowds before the beginning of a white-nationalist rally downtown.

Source: Lansing State Journal

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