Football spartannation.com —  In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing. Discuss »
Football freep.com —  One of the top players on the board for the Michigan State in the class of 2015 is Frostproof‘s (Fla.) Kaleel Gaines. Under the direction Mark Dantonio and defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett, MSU has produced more All-Big Ten secondary players than any team in the conference. The Spartans are very specific in what they look for and for the class of 2015, Gaines is a player the staff believes has all the tools they want.
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Football mlive.com —  What does Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio think about his program's budding rivalry with Ohio State? Apparently, some things are better left said behind closed doors, as Dantonio wasn't ready for an open discussion about how his Spartans view the team many anticipate will offer the greatest competition in the Big Ten this season -- the Buckeyes.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Michigan State hosted two of Indiana’s top rising juniors on Tuesday when Fort Wayne (Bishop Luers High) wide receiver Austin Mack and Fort Wayne (Wayne High) defensive end Auston Robertson came to town. Mack, a skilled and physical 6-foot-2, 205-pound Scout 300 member, left with an offer. “It was an honor,” he told Spartan Digest’s Mike Wilson. “(Coach Dantonio) is a really good dude and respected. He was really cool and talked to me about some things. I heard he is the type of guy you can learn a lot of things from, and from other people up here.”
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Football spartannation.com —  Narduzzi won the Broyles Award last year as the nation’s top assistant. He is ready for a BCS head job right now. He has three assistants in Mike Tressel, Ron Burton and Harlon “Da Bang Stick” Barnett. All three right now are head coach material, great recruiters and fine men. There are some great defensive staff’s in the nation, but nonebetter than MSU. Years from now we will look back at this group with great respect.
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Football mlive.com —  Jeremy Langford wasn't number one on the Spartans' depth chart at his position a year ago at this time. On Thursday, Langford was one of 53 players named on the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list on the heels of his 1,455-yard breakout season in 2013.
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Football syracuse.com —  The Syracuse defensive coaches spent a day in East Lansing, Mich. to visit with members of the Michigan State defensive staff in early March. Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer has deep ties to Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi dating back to their days at Rhode Island and Northern Illinois. Defensive backs coach Fred Reed has a good relationship with Spartans secondary coach Harlon Barnett, and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough's family has a rich history with the school, with Chuck having both played and coached in East Lansing.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has talent and quality depth at quarterback, led by fourth-year junior Connor Cook. Cook ended last season with back-to-back 300-yard-plus MVP passing performances against Ohio State and Stanford.
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Football spartannation.com —  The Spartans special team will be a major strength this year. If Geiger can simply maintain and add three more yards to his weaponry of distance he can go from the best place kicker in the Big Ten to the best in the country. Sadler already is the best and he needs more from his coverage.
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Football mlive.com —  The preseason hype surrounding Michigan State football star Shilique Calhoun continued to grow on Friday when the Spartans' junior defensive end was one of 50 players named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list.
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Football isportsweb.com —  After getting off to a slow start last year, the Michigan State offense eventually found their groove as the season wore on, en route to a Big Ten Championship and a win in the Rose Bowl. The play of the offensive line was a big reason for the Spartans’ offensive growth throughout the season. If Michigan State football wants to have similar success this year, they are going to need their offensive line to once again be a steadying force.
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Football freep.com —  “They broke through, they are back on the map in terms of the national stage,” said former MSU quarterback Jim Miller, now an analyst with the Big Ten Network. “Mark Dantonio has rebuilt things since he’s been back at Michigan State. So the bull’s eye will be on their back, and I think it’s (about) how they handle success.”
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Football isportsweb.com —  Over the past two seasons no player has managed to excite and confuse Michigan State football fans more than DeAnthony Arnett. Originally from Saginaw, Arnett transferred to MSU from Tennessee following his freshman year so he could be closer to his father who was having heart and kidney issues.
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Football espn.go.com —  The Spartans had six receivers or tight ends finish with 17 or more receptions and six players with multiple touchdown receptions in 2013. Five of those players are back as only wide receiver Bennie Fowler, MSU's leader in receiving yards (622) and receiving touchdowns (6), departs. Tony Lippett and Macgarrett Kings lead the group after combining for 87 receptions last year. Aaron Burbridge and Keith Mumphery also return along with tight end Josiah Price, who emerged late last fall. DeAnthony Arnett finally could be ready to contribute. Good depth here.
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Football isportsweb.com —  This year there is no doubt that it is Connor Cook’s team from the start. The only thing to be decided in fall camp is who will be the number two quarterback behind Cook and how the Spartans will use Damion Terry. Here is a breakdown of what each brings to the table:
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