Spartan Sports Page http://www.spartansportspage.com Fri, 17 Aug 2018 23:20:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.7 137338340 Michigan State football mailbag: Who’ll emerge at DE, OL, RB? http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/michigan-state-football-mailbag-wholl-emerge-at-de-ol-rb/ http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/michigan-state-football-mailbag-wholl-emerge-at-de-ol-rb/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 23:20:19 +0000 http://www.spartansportspage.com/?p=15330 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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Matt Sokol – Key Leader, Key Contributor, Key Spartan http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/matt-sokol-key-leader-key-contributor-key-spartan/ http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/matt-sokol-key-leader-key-contributor-key-spartan/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:26:13 +0000 http://www.spartansportspage.com/?p=15328 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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Frustrated Michigan State offense eager to catch up to defense http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/frustrated-michigan-state-offense-eager-to-catch-up-to-defense/ http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/frustrated-michigan-state-offense-eager-to-catch-up-to-defense/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:21:42 +0000 http://www.spartansportspage.com/?p=15326 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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Michigan State targets ‘big, talented’ Ohio TE Justin Stephens http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/michigan-state-targets-big-talented-ohio-te-justin-stephens/ http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/michigan-state-targets-big-talented-ohio-te-justin-stephens/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:20:55 +0000 http://www.spartansportspage.com/?p=15324 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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Field Hockey to Open Season with Exhibition Against Michigan http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/field-hockey-to-open-season-with-exhibition-against-michigan/ http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/field-hockey-to-open-season-with-exhibition-against-michigan/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:19:57 +0000 http://www.spartansportspage.com/?p=15322 The Michigan State field hockey team opens its 2018 season on Saturday with an exhibition match against conference-rival Michigan. Last season, the Spartans finished 8-11 overall and were ranked No. 40 in the final NCAA Field Hockey RPI rankings.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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Ranking Mark Dantonio’s 100 wins: 2011 “Rocket” victory vs. Wisconsin comes in at No. 8 http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/ranking-mark-dantonios-100-wins-2011-rocket-victory-vs-wisconsin-comes-in-at-no-8/ http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/ranking-mark-dantonios-100-wins-2011-rocket-victory-vs-wisconsin-comes-in-at-no-8/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:38:04 +0000 http://www.spartansportspage.com/?p=15320 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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Lombardi knows MSU’s offense, seeks experience http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/lombardi-knows-msus-offense-seeks-experience/ http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/lombardi-knows-msus-offense-seeks-experience/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:08:40 +0000 http://www.spartansportspage.com/?p=15318 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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Raequan Williams determined to succeed after Chicago gun deaths of brother, cousin http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/raequan-williams-determined-to-succeed-after-chicago-gun-deaths-of-brother-cousin/ http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/17/raequan-williams-determined-to-succeed-after-chicago-gun-deaths-of-brother-cousin/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:50:50 +0000 http://www.spartansportspage.com/?p=15316 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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Cameron Caffey to Compete at 2018 Junior Pan-American Championships http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/16/cameron-caffey-to-compete-at-2018-junior-pan-american-championships/ http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/16/cameron-caffey-to-compete-at-2018-junior-pan-american-championships/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 01:23:49 +0000 http://www.spartansportspage.com/?p=15314 Michigan State wrestler Cameron Caffey is set to compete for Team USA in two events at the Junior Pan-American Championships, beginning on Friday in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

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No. 7 MSU Soccer Concludes Exhibition Play Against Xavier Friday http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/16/no-7-msu-soccer-concludes-exhibition-play-against-xavier-friday/ http://www.spartansportspage.com/2018/08/16/no-7-msu-soccer-concludes-exhibition-play-against-xavier-friday/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 01:22:16 +0000 http://www.spartansportspage.com/?p=15312 No. 7 Michigan State soccer will conclude its exhibition schedule against Xavier on Friday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Sitey

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