Football landof10.com —  When 3-star athlete Connor Heyward pledged to the Spartans on Thursday night, he became commit No. 17. But he’s athlete No. 1. What on earth will MSU do with him? Heyward has been at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety, cornerback — basically, he’s played everywhere on both sides of the ball except for the lines. Heck, he was even the punter for Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.) and averaged about 37 yards per boot.
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Football freep.com —  Before injuries to Ben Carter and Gavin Schilling, Nick Ward wasn’t expected to be a key contributor, but rather a complementary piece to spell the two veterans. But with those two out for the foreseeable future and Miles Bridges on the shelf for several weeks with an ankle injury, Ward is the Spartans’ only big man option besides 6-foot-6 Kenny Goins.
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Football mlive.com —  Multiple recruits throughout the year have affirmed their commitments to Michigan State despite the drop from the College Football Playoff to out of bowl contention.
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Football landof10.com —  Catching Rocky Lombardi on the phone in early December after football season had wrapped up, I thought I might find the Michigan State quarterback commit sitting back and resting for once. Nope.
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Football freep.com —  If the Detroit Free Press had an award for most improved player, Dearborn’s Mustafa Khaleefah would win by a landslide. Even better, he is the All-West team captain – a well-earned honor for one of high school sport’s more amazing stories.
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Football mlive.com —  Staten has been Michigan State's offensive line coach for all nine seasons under Dantonio, and has also served as the staff's recruiting coordinator.
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Football mlive.com —  McDowell came to Michigan State in 2014 as a five-star recruit from Southfield, one of the highest-rated players in the Mark Dantonio era.
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Football freep.com —  Tom Izzo may not have known much about Cameron Morse coming out of Flint. Michigan State’s coach does now. And he knows his Spartans could have their work cut out for them stopping the Youngstown State junior when they host the Penguins on Tuesday night (7 p.m./ESPNU). “There is no question that when you bring in kids that are from your state,” Izzo said Monday, “they’re gonna play at a different level.”
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has its first two players player headed to a college football all-star game. Wide receiver R.J. Shelton and tight end Jamal Lyles have accepted invitations to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, the event announced recently.
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  This used to be a happening weekend for Michigan State’s football program. Championship games played, bowl destinations learned, all the while existing in the middle of playoff chatter. The question that looms on this quiet MSU football weekend, as the rest of the college football world bustles about: How soon will the Spartans get to be part of it again?
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State’s long, slow walk back to the locker room after its loss at Penn State began an even longer trudge toward 2017. The cost of the Spartans’ 3-9 season means there is no bowl game to prepare for this month. There’s no immediate future for Mark Dantonio’s program for the first time in a decade, which means next season starts now.
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  Zeke the Wonder Dog died suddenly late Friday, his owner confirmed on Saturday.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State is looking for a stalwart offensive tackle for the football recruiting class of 2018, and Ryan Hayes of Traverse City West has emerged as one of the best players in the state. The Spartans offered a scholarship to the the 6-foot-7, 255-pounder on Monday.
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Football landof10.com —  Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and his staff began their evaluation process this week, looking for ways to make sure this kind of season doesn’t get repeated. Michigan State played more freshmen (nine) this season than ever before in Dantonio’s 10 seasons and had 20 first-time starters, many of whom were first- or second-year players. That much inexperience hurt during the season but should help in the future. Here’s a position-by-position look at who’s leaving and who’s due to return next season for Michigan State, with this key to their status next year
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Football detroitnews.com —  It has been a busy first week of the contact period for Michigan State’s football staff. The Spartan coaches have been out on the road, setting the stage for a home stretch to National Signing Day (Feb. 1), which will kick into high gear during the month of December. The Spartans have already had in-home visits with two of their top remaining senior targets, Cleveland Heights wide receiver Jaylen Harris and Covington (Ga.) Newton linebacker Jaquan Henderson.
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Football mlive.com —  The season may have ended prematurely for Michigan State, but recruiting always starts right on time. Sunday marked the beginning of a NCAA contact period, meaning coaches can travel to visit recruits at their schools or homes. The means Spartans coaches spread across the country to visit prospects during the two-week window.
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Football freep.com —  The Michigan State football coaching staff has been on the road and extending scholarship offers to several prospects this week. One player was 6-foot, 315-pound defensive tackle Cam Goode of St. Johns College in Washington, D.C. Coach Ron Burton is the primary recruiter for Michigan State in D.C., and Goode is a player he is hoping to land in the 2018 class. Other schools that have offered him include Pittsburgh and Wake Forest.
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Football landof10.com —  The news of former Ohio State outside linebacker commit Antjuan Simmons’ decision to reopen his commitment was met with a flurry of excitement on Michigan State’s end. “Already Know Where To Come,” Spartans running back commit Weston Bridges said to Simmons on Twitter in the wake of the news. “We need one more ‘backer, and he’s it,” on source close to Michigan State told Land of 10.
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Football isportsweb.com —  The other day we looked at the offensive and defensive stats from the Michigan State football season to try and determine the major factors for why the Spartans fell so hard this year. In this piece, we are going to look at the decline of the special teams. Once a strength, they have quickly turned into one of the team’s weaknesses over the last several seasons.
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Football landof10.com —  There will be no bowl game for the Spartans for the first time since 2006 after they finished 3-9 this season and won just one Big Ten game. There was a seven-game losing streak, the longest for the program in 34 years, that flipped the script from a year ago when Michigan State beat Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game and earned a berth in the College Football Playoff.
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