Football thedetroitsportssite.com —  Prior to 2013, most didn’t figure the Michigan State Spartans, coming off a rough 2012 season, would be able to contend for much. Many thought a nice rebound season was in order, but the team shocked by riding a wave of momentum to an amazing finish. Not only did the Spartans win the Big Ten, they won the Rose Bowl, and had several exciting finishes along the way. Their schedule, while not exceedingly difficult, did help pave the way for a fantastic finish to the year by battle-testing the team against many different styles of football.
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Football mlive.com —  Cook clearly has established himself as the No. 1 quarterback and enjoyed a very strong fall camp. "He leads by the nature of his position,'' Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said on Thursday. "All of our quarterbacks, all three of them, are good leaders, and Connor does an outstanding job and does a great job on the field.''
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Football freep.com —  Back in June, Michigan State held it's Elite Player Camp and one of the top performers there was Jake Zembiec of Aquinas Institute of Rochester, New York. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect showed an excellent combination of mechanics, arm strength and accuracy. Since that time Zembiec has seen his recruiting stock take off and he is now considered one of the top pro-style quarterback prospects in the nation for the class of 2016.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Mark Dantonio didn’t exactly say it was set in stone, but it sure looks like freshman defensive tackle Malik McDowell will be on the field when Michigan State opens the season Aug. 29 against Jacksonville State. “I think that Malik is a guy that is probably going to play,” Dantonio said Thursday as the Spartans broke preseason camp.
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Men's Soccer msuspartans.com —  No. 10 Michigan State men's soccer fell to No. 6 Washington, 1-0, at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival Thursday evening.
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Football statenews.com —  When Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller went down for the season with a shoulder injury, many experts put MSU in the driver’s seat for the Big Ten championship. According to ESPN analyst David Pollack, MSU was in that seat all along. The commentator and former Georgia standout said he had MSU as the favorite in his preseason predictions when he spoke to reporters via conference call Thursday.
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Football msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State football team wrapped up preseason camp on Thursday after nearly three weeks of practice for the upcoming season. The Spartans will take the next two days off before reporting back to campus on Sunday to begin game preparations for the Aug. 29 season opener against Jacksonville State.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Laden with leadership DNA rubbed from the shoulders of so many former Michigan State captains, the mantle has been passed. Accepting it, based on a team vote, from head coach Mark Dantonio at the end of Thursday's practice were fifth-year seniors Kurtis Drummond and Travis Jackson and fourth-year junior Shilique Calhoun.
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Football msuspartans.com —  "Spartan Football All-Access" debuts with its "Season Preview" on FOX Sports Detroit Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The 30-minute "Season Preview" includes interviews with head coach Mark Dantonio, assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and quarterback Connor Cook as well as in-depth analysis of Michigan State's 2014 schedule.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State men's basketball schedule was announced on Thursday. The Spartans will face a schedule that includes 13 opponents that appeared in the 2014 postseason, play six of their first eight games away from East Lansing, and make trips to Rutgers and Maryland in their inaugural year of Big Ten basketball, while hosting Maryland in the first ever Big Ten game for the Terrapins. Game times and television networks for Big Ten contests and selected non-conference games will be announced at a later date.
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Men's Basketball sbnation.com —  The Spartans lost a lot of talent from a 29-win team a year ago, but with tons of shooting and a star forward in Branden Dawson, the rebuilding year shouldn't be too painful.
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Football freep.com —  The dream still remained for Mylan Hicks. Even as he spent the first four years of his Michigan State career struggling to find a role on the Spartan defense, the NFL remained a goal. And Hicks, a senior linebacker, knew it wouldn’t be possible without staying the course.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Jeremy Langford is the main back again this season, with a group of backs ready to be deployed depending on the situation.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's linebacking corps is finally settled — leading into the season-opening game, at least — with Coach Mark Dantonio announcing Taiwan Jones the starter in the middle. "Taiwan is the opening day starter at 'Mike,' '' Dantonio said, referring to the middle linebacker spot formerly held by two-time All-Big Ten performer Max Bullough.
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Field Hockey msuspartans.com —  The Big Ten announced its 2014 Players to Watch list for field hockey on Thursday, which included three Spartans: Seniors Abby Barker, Jenni Smith, and Becky Stiles.
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Football profootballtalk.nbcsports.com —  Center Kyle Cook never caught on with another team after being released by the Bengals in March and now it looks like he won’t be doing it in the future either. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that Cook has decided to retire after six seasons. Cook went undrafted out of Michigan State in 2007, made his debut with the Bengals the next season and moved into the starting lineup in 2009. He started 66 games before his release, including all 16 last season.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State announced senior safety Kurtis Drummond, senior offensive guard Travis Jackson and junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun as its 2014 captains today. Players vote on captains and, in a mild surprise, junior quarterback Connor Cook did not get the nod.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  One look at the game and the frame of Caleb Swanigan, and it’s tough to shy away from the comparison. Swanigan, a standout power forward at Homestead High School in Ft. Wayne, Ind., does things offensively that a player listed at 6-feet-8 and 280 pounds shouldn’t be able to do. And he’s doing it less than an hour up the road from where one of the most versatile big men in basketball burst onto the scene about 15 years ago.
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