Football breakdownsports.blogspot.com —  A lot of Spartan fans were excited about the play of RS FR Vayante Copeland last season, despite playing in less than two games due to injury. I had a chance to go back and reassess his brief play, and honestly, was more impressed than my initial reaction. While there are areas where he needs to improve, he did show a lot of natural ability. In this post, I'm going to review Copeland's film and give my impressions of where to expect him to play going forward.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  It is that time of the year. The time when you have national news outlets throwing piles of steaming #Disrepekt on every Michigan State fan in the world. Where you hear endless talking heads and read novels of think pieces of why Mark Dantonio and the Spartans have no shot of being in the Playoffs at the end of the year. Despite wins in multiple B1G Ten Championship games, wins in the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl, wins at both Ann Arbor and Columbus, and making the playoff last year as a three seed MSU is one of the teams, according to ESPN, that "Has no shot of making the tournament this year."
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Football cincyjungle.com —  The Bengals aren't new to what Michigan State defensive players are capable of. Darqueze Dennard and Domata Peko are entering their third and 11th years with the Bengals respectively, after being stand-out players for the Spartans. This year, the Bengals added another MSU defensive player, this time, a linebacker, via undrafted free agency. And if Darien Harris is anything like his fellow-Spartans, he could have a long future ahead with the Bengals.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  It was a surprise to many to see former Michigan State center Jack Allen not hear his name called in the 2016 NFL Draft. But it is little surprise that the undrafted free agent is being talked about as a strong candidate to land on the roster with the New Orleans Saints. On Wednesday, NFL.com's Lance Zierlein picked Allen as one of five undrafted rookies in a favorable situation.
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Football freep.com —  Heading into his second NFL season, Tony Lippett says he no longer dreams about catching touchdown passes. Interceptions are more like it. Lippett played mostly receiver at Michigan State, but the Miami Dolphins drafted him as a cornerback in the fifth round a year ago, and now he’s in contention for a starting job. “I’m just trying to compete,” Lippett said Tuesday, when the Dolphins began three weeks of OTAs. “You can never go wrong with competing. I can’t predict the future. I’m going to compete and let the marbles fall where they fall.”
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Football onlyfans.cstv.com —  Former Michigan State All-American tackle Larry Fowler, who helped lead the Spartans to the 1953 Big Ten Championship and a victory in the 1954 Rose Bowl, died Friday, May 20. He was 83.
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Football espn.go.com —  Michigan State’s roster is largely built of interchangeable parts. It’s hard to reach the level of stability coach Mark Dantonio and company have achieved in East Lansing without figuring out how to weather some personnel losses. They don’t make many parts, though, that fit the mold of 6-foot-6, 280-pound Malik McDowell.
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Football mlive.com —  Football's concussion crisis has reached one of Michigan State's most notable former players. Bubba Smith, an All-American defensive end at Michigan State in the 1960s, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy upon his death in 2011, according to The New York Times. The diagnosis was released by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation.
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Football scout.com —  For future Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi, earning a trip to the Elite 11 was a dream come true. Spartan Digest spoke with Lombardi about getting the news he was about to take part in a lifelong dream.
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Football 49ers.com —  Dantonio offered a tantalizing scouting report on the 49ers rookie. “I’ve said it publicly, the guy can catch a BB in the dark,” the coach said last week on a call with 49ers.com. “He’s got great hand-eye coordination. He makes all the 50-50 catches. He’s a very competitive person. He’ll go over the middle, catch the ball and get north immediately."
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Football espn.go.com —  Shilique Calhoun was already feeling pretty good about life after becoming a third-round pick in last month’s NFL draft. The Oakland Raiders took the defensive end/outside linebacker with the No. 75 overall selection. Then, 25 picks later, Calhoun got a call with a familiar voice on the other end.
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Football tennessean.com —  The Titans agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Jack Conklin, the team announced Monday morning. Conklin was selected out of Michigan State with the eighth overall pick and is expected to start the season at right tackle. He also practiced at left tackle during the team’s recent rookie minicamp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Conklin signed a four-year contract, like all first-round picks, that includes a team option for a fifth season. It is expected to be worth nearly $16 million, including a nearly $10 million signing bonus, according to the slotted value of the contract on the NFL’s rookie wage scale.
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Football isportsweb.com —  The Michigan State football coaching staff is currently working hard to gain commitments for the 2017 recruiting class. The Spartans currently have eight commitments and would love to add some more in the coming weeks. There are a few guys that stand out above the rest, so let’s take a look at three guys the Spartans would love to land in 2017.
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Football mlive.com —  Connor Cook was supposed to be the new face of an NFL franchise by this point. But his new coach thinks he's better off waiting in the wings for a bit. Jack Del Rio, the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, spoke of Cook, the team's fourth-round pick, in an interview with SiriusXM last week.
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Football chicagotribune.com —  A prep state champion wrestler and All-American center at Michigan State, Hinsdale native Jack Allen typically speaks in short, controlled, team-oriented bursts. Rarely does Allen, a rookie free agent signee with the New Orleans Saints, steer a conversation toward his accomplishments.
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Football isportsweb.com —  With their final pick in the 2016 draft the San Diego Chargers took Michigan State guard Donavon Clark, in the 7th round at 224th overall. Clark was a surprising pick to some, but his versatility was something that the Chargers saw and did not want to miss out on.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Michigan State won’t hit the field for a little more than three months for its 2016 opener against Furman, but that hardly means it’s not busy around the Skandalaris Center. While early rankings and predictions are being debated, the Spartans coaching staff will be busy trying to put together future rosters. And one of the busiest times of the recruiting season is just getting under way as many of the top camps are set to begin.
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Football scout.com —  Mark Dantonio enters his tenth season at the helm of the Michigan State Spartans with an 87-33 overall record and 52-20 mark in Big Ten play. With the loss of several key players, Dantonio and his staff will be tested in 2016 unlike any of the past three seasons where they’ve played in two Big Ten Championship Games. Played in the College Football Playoff and won a Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl. 2015 was a magical season, but can the Spartans put together their fourth consecutive double digit win total?
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has recorded 11 or more wins in five of the last six seasons, recording more wins than all but five college football programs in the timespan. But Las Vegas is betting the Spartans can't repeat that feat once again in 2016.
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Football mlive.com —  The first of what's likely to be several preseason honors has rolled in for one of Michigan State's defensive standouts. Riley Bullough was named one of 42 candidates for the Lott IMPACT Trophy this week. The award honors the best defensive player in college football "in character and performance."
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