Football mlive.com —  Add another jewel to Shilque Calhoun's crown of preseason honors and recognition lists. Calhoun, a junior defensive end in the Michigan State football program, was chosen as the preseason defensive player of the year by a panel of 29 select Big Ten football writers.
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Football mlive.com —  Ohio State is the majority pick to win the Big Ten football championship from a select panel of 29 Big Ten writers who took part in the Cleveland.com preseason Big Ten survey this week. The Buckeyes garnered 23 first-place votes in the East Division, while the Spartans took in 10 (there are more than 29 because of projected ties for the division crown).
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Football mlive.com —  One of the most geographically diverse recruiting classes in Mark Dantonio's Michigan State head coaching tenure is fast taking shape.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State senior safety Kurtis Drummond knows better than anyone that the best place for a football player to answer questions is on the football field on Saturdays. That said, Drummond has embraced being one of the three Spartans selected — along with quarterback Connor Cook and defensive end Shilique Calhoun — to represent the program at the Big Ten media days next Monday and Tuesday in Chicago.
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Football freep.com —  The last few years Michigan State has been actively recruiting Texas. On Monday the Spartans received good news when Josh Butler of Mesquite, Texas, committed to the Green and White after his visit. However, another elite prospect from Texas was also on campus on Monday, and the staff was definitely excited to see offensive lineman Tyler Higby of Kinkaid High School in Houston.
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Football freep.com —  The outside spots look elite with Calhoun and Rush returning and athletic redshirt freshman Demetrius Cooper ready to help. The inside spots are much less certain with Hoover and Reynolds gone and Scarpinato off to medical school.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Michigan State’s recruiting class of 2015 grew by two this week when Highland Springs (Virginia) wide receiver Felton Davis and West Mesquite (Texas) cornerback Josh Butler both committed to the Spartans.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  With the season approaching, Joe and Heck of The Only Colors trade words about Jacksonville State University.
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Football espn.go.com —  Punter Mike Sadler is like an extension of the defense, so brilliant is he at pinning opponents near their own goal line (and he must be accounted for on trick plays). The vastly improved place-kicking game was a hidden reason for Michigan State's turnaround last year, and credit belongs to Michael Geiger, who missed only one field goal in 16 tries as a freshman. Macgarrett Kings Jr., who was suspended this spring, finished third in the Big Ten in punt returns a year ago. The kickoff return game needs work, but all in all, the Spartans are in great shape whenever ball meets foot.
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Football mlive.com —  Big Ten media days are just a few days away, so it's a good time to reach out with an "Ask Griff" segment and learn what Michigan State football questions are most pressing in the audience.
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Football spartannation.com —  Last November out of the blue, Dantonio said this, “We have a lot of good players and some young ones who even in the season are working hard and making impressions that we have to notice for the future. Kodi Kieler is really working hard.”
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State boasts two of the most talented kicking specialists in the nation in senior punter Mike Sadler of Grand Rapids and rising sophomore kicker Michael Geiger.
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Football freep.com —  Donavon Clark has made the switch to the right side at tackle, Travis Jackson is pegged for left guard, and Connor Kruse is No.1 at right guard as a fifth-year senior. But rising prospect Kodi Kieler could make a run at right tackle, and Clark could bump inside from tackle to guard.
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Football freep.com —  The Spartans now have 10 commitments in what most believe will be about an 18-man class. Here are a few of the top recruits still on the board for coach Mark Dantonio and his staff.
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Football espn.go.com —  The Spartans finished No. 3 in the FBS in pass defense last season, though the "No Fly Zone" lost two key members in Thorpe Award winner Dennard and safety Isaiah Lewis. Still, Kurtis Drummond might well be the best safety in the Big Ten, and Trae Waynes is ready for his star turn at cornerback. Darian Hicks will hold down the other corner spot, with a spirited competition for time at the other safety slot. With the combined brain power of Mark Dantonio, Pat Narduzzi and Harlon Barnett, we expect Michigan State to keep the title of the league's top secondary.
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