Football freep.com —  Brian Lewerke trotted onto the Spartan Stadium field Saturday for the first time in a meaningful game. The results? Not enough to warrant a quarterback controversy, according to Mark Dantonio. “He needs to get better,” Dantonio said Sunday of the Michigan State redshirt freshman Lewerke. “He’ll have his opportunities as the season moves forward.”
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State might have the best linebacking corps in the Big Ten this fall, and the staff already is looking to the class of 2018 to replenish the cupboard. Chris Oats of Cincinnati Winton Woods is a Plan A recruit for coach Mark Dantonio and the staff. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder already holds a Spartan scholarship offer.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Michigan State signed the No. 3 class in the Big Ten last year and the No. 15 class in the entire country, their highest recruiting finish since Scout began ranking recruiting classes in 2003. It is worth noting several classes during that time greatly outperformed their on-paper rankings.
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Football mlive.com —  Malik McDowell said before this season that he won't leave Michigan State for the 2017 NFL Draft unless he's projected as a top-three pick. The draft's most well-known analyst thinks he can dream even bigger. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked McDowell No. 6 in his second "big board" of 2017 NFL Draft prospects. But that ranking is subject to change, as Kiper thinks McDowell has the potential to go all the way to the top of the board
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Football landof10.com —  Monty Madaris will be the team’s fourth captain for the game. He will join full-time captains Riley Bullough, Demetrious Cox and Tyler O’Connor. A fifth-year senior wide receiver, Madaris has seven receptions for 103 yards in his career. He is listed as one of the starting receivers for the game. Former Spartans player Damon Knox will be Friday’s honorary captain.
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Football spartanavenue.com —  Michigan State Football finally opens its season on Friday and the excitement is evident around the program and in the fan base. Spartan fans can barely contain their excitement, posting hype videos non-stop and scouring the internet for any news concerning Michigan State.
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Football freep.com —  Tyler O’Connor felt the excitement and nervousness building. It was only Tuesday. Slow the week down, he thought. Keep a level head. There is no more position battle, there is no more wondering. For the first time in his five seasons at Michigan State, O’Connor knows he’ll be THE guy Friday. And he knows coach Mark Dantonio will stand right beside him, both literally, as they run out of the tunnel at Spartan Stadium, and figuratively, as the coach’s new starting quarterback.
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Football freep.com —  Chris Frey got a taste of being a starter last fall. Now the Michigan State junior linebacker has given up a taste of one his favorite foods, saying good-bye to Cottage Inn’s sausage and pepperoni pizzas, to ensure he gets another shot at starting this season.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  If there is one position Mark Dantonio knows, it’s defensive backs. A former cornerback himself at South Carolina, Dantonio has identified and developed defensive back talent in a way matched by few in the game. Unfortunately, a season ago, the unit Dantonio prides himself on let him down.
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Football mlive.com —  From his spot at the back of the defense, Demetrious Cox can see the whole field. The Michigan State fifth-year senior has a wide view – a fitting perspective given what he's experienced. Cox was a prized recruit, but redshirted as a freshman. He worked his way onto the field the following year on special teams, earned his first start the year after and, last season, finally cemented his role in the secondary while splitting time at both safety and cornerback. Now heading into his final season with the Spartans, Cox is not only one of the team's rocks on the defensive end, he's a captain.
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Football freep.com —  On a Michigan State roster flush with possibilities at running back, Nick Tompkins, a 5-foot-9, 178-pound fifth-year senior, is not among them. That surprises Furman offensive lineman Jackson Buonamia, who remembers Tompkins as the fastest football player he’s ever seen run.
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Football detroitnews.com —  When your last name is Bullough and you play football at Michigan State, it can sometimes be difficult to carve out your own identity. And when you happen to play the same position as the rest of the family, it can be that much harder.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News lists the a Spartans Top 10 Linebackers who have played for the Spartans.
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio flashed a rare smile, as the newly minted as Michigan State head football coach as stood for his introductory press conference in November 2006. But after a lengthy opening statement and a few questions, the media quickly informed the new coach of a sobering fact: nearly all of his recent predecessors hadn't been around for very long.
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Football mlive.com —  The new quarterback has been picked, the depth chart has been hashed out and the starting lineup has been mostly determined. But one large decision still looms for Michigan State coaches heading into their Friday night opener against Furman: Which freshmen will play? "We just met on that in depth," Michigan State co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner said on Wednesday afternoon. "It's sort of a minute to minute situation for certain positions.
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Football spartannation.com —  Michigan State’s linebackers are a special kind of crazy according to their coaches and teammates. The corps of players all have long hair, tattoos, and eye black smeared all over their faces and have a very intimidating presence. The players also like to yell a lot of crazy stuff during games so don’t be surprised to see a few quarterbacks with happy feet when the Spartans play this season.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  Although he hasn't shown up on the field as often as you'd thing for a fifth-year senior, Michigan State receiver Monty Madaris has still been learning the system much longer than most of the Spartans' other wideouts. With that, he brings a quality to the table that maybe only one other receiver -- senior R.J. Shelton -- possesses right now.
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Football spartansportsnetwork.com —  Coach Dantonio joins George Blaha to preview the game against Furman and much more.
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