Football freep.com —  “They fit me,” Samuel said of the newcomers. “Personality-wise, I don’t have any guys that I see them as being prima donnas or feeling like they have been owed anything. I think they’re gonna work hard. ... When you get guys and winning a national championship, if that’s the ultimate goal, and you get those guys working and that’s what they want to do and they know they have to work hard, that’s a beautiful thing.”
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio said Thursday night in Grand Rapids that Michigan State football is "on solid ground, and there's a foundation built," but the 10th-year head coach knows recruiting is the only way to maintain that. At least six key football recruits are expected to attend the Spartans' basketball game against Indiana at 1 p.m. at Breslin Center on Sunday.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State recorded its third-straight top 10 finish following the 2015 season, but Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said his team was better than the No. 6-ranking it settled into after losing in the College Football Playoff semifinal. "I think we were one of the best four teams in the country, I really do," said Dantonio, who was in Grand Rapids on Thursday night speaking at the sixth annual Spartan Winter Tailgate at the JW Marriott.
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Football detroitnews.com —  There will be several decisions Mark Dantonio and his staff must make before Michigan State kicks off the 2016 season. But none will garner the attention the starting quarterback position will. And with spring practice more than a month away, who will succeed Connor Cook is already a hot topic.
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Football mlive.com —  Denver receiver Bennie Fowler is riding a Super Bowl high that he doesn't plan to come down off of "until the season starts next year" after the Broncos beat Carolina last Sunday night. "It's America's biggest game and biggest sporting event," Fowler said on The Spartan Beat radio show on Lansing's 92.1 FM, The Team. "I enjoyed it like any other game, and I approached it like any other game, but when I caught the pass and celebrated with my teammates after, it means more, obviously."
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Football freep.com —  One of the best all-around football players in the Midwest for the class of 2017 is Scott Nelson of U-D Jesuit. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect was in East Lansing on Thursday and received good news while on campus. “Coach Dantonio offered me and I got to talk to him in his office," Nelson said. "They like my ball skills at DB and my ability to tackle. I really liked being able to tour the facilities. I got to talk to some of the coaches and current players.”
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Football mlive.com —  Mike Sadler and Connor Kruse agree they miss playing for Michigan State, but the recent former players got the next best thing Thursday. It was a home game for both as Sadler, a standout punter from Forest Hills Northern, and Kruse an offensive lineman and former walk-on from Lowell, picked up a few cheers at the Spartans Winter Tailgate at the JW Marriott.
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio said his program is considering holding future spring drills in a warmer climate. "I think it's creative, there's no question about that," Dantonio said, asked what he thought of Michigan holding four practices at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. "From our standpoint, we've never thought to do that, but we're thinking about it nowadays."
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Football freep.com —  Seven Michigan State players have been invited to NFL scouting combine Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis, tying a school record. That's six departing MSU seniors from the 2015 Big Ten champs and one departing junior, left tackle Jack Conklin. He will be joined by center Jack Allen, receiver Aaron Burbridge, defensive end Shilique Calhoun, quarterback Connor Cook, defensive tackle Joel Heath and defensive end Lawrence Thomas at the premier scouting event for NFL draft hopefuls.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Detroit Cass Tech safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell was in East Lansing on Wednesday, and after taking a tour and meeting with the staff, was offered a scholarship by the Spartans. He now has more than 30 offers after a junior season in which he earned Detroit News All-Metro Detroit honors after making 62 tackles and intercepting three passes, and also scoring three touchdowns as a running back.
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Football mlive.com —  SI.com writer Chris Burke predicts that All-American left tackle Jack Conklin will be the first Spartan off the draft board on April 28 in Chicago, with the Indianapolis Colts selecting him at No. 18 overall.
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Football soundcloud.com —  Mike Griffith talks with former MSU and current Denver Broncos WR and World Champion, Bennie Fowler.



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Football spartanavenue.com —  Kirk added to his ever-growing and impressive resume, breaking a Guinness World Record along with Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers previously held by Drew Brees and Odell Beckham Jr. The record was most one-handed catches in a minute, previously set at 33 by Brees and Beckham Jr. a year ago.
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Football mlive.com —  The runs didn't compare to the walk. It probably wasn't what many college football fans expected and maybe not even what DeAnthony Arnett expected. But that's OK. Arnett isn't complaining. The 23-year-old receiver from Michigan State isn't about to give up his dream, especially since he already realized part of it.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has held even at No. 14 in the latest edition of the ESPN "way-too-early top 25" rankings. The new poll is meant to be an update from the Jan. 12 edition, factoring-in national signing day additions and early NFL entrees.
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Football freep.com —  Malik McDowell flashed inside as a freshman, starred inside as a sophomore and will be all over the place as a Michigan State junior defensive lineman. “He will play everywhere, that’s for sure,” MSU defensive line coach Ron Burton said of McDowell. “No maybes. He will play everywhere.”
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has the most difficult non-conference schedule in the Big Ten and the ninth-toughest in the nation, according to ESPN.com. The Spartans' 2016 slate opens with FCS school Furman on the evening of Friday, Sept. 2, before non-conference showdowns at Notre Dame (Sept. 17) and at home against Brigham Young (Oct. 8).
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Football highschoolsports.mlive.com —  A compound fracture to his right leg in October meant the end of Corey Pryor II’s high school football career. It also left the Jackson senior wondering if colleges, mainly Wayne State and Ferris State, would stop recruiting him. “I honestly didn’t have many options,” he said. As it turned out, Pryor’s next stop is the one he’s always had in mind as he’ll be a preferred walk-on at Michigan State.
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Football mlive.com —  Former Michigan State All-America Darqueze Dennard is coming off shoulder surgery and rehabilitating this offseason, but Dennard is doing so with visions of a promising NFL future. "The chance I had to go out and play and crack the starting lineup gave me confidence to know I can play the game at the NFL level and be successful," Dennard said on The Spartan Beat radio show on Lansing's 92.1 FM, The Team.
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Football freep.com —  Purdue freshman power forward Caleb Swanigan is doing well this season, and so is Michigan State freshman power forward Deyonta Davis. They were supposed to be coming to MSU together after Swanigan verbally committed to Tom Izzo's program in the spring, but then he dropped that commitment and switched to Purdue. Izzo reiterated today, before the teams' only meeting this season, that "there was never any hard feelings."
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