Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  In order for the Spartans to thrive, they must come together and toe the company line for coach Tom Izzo, whose system will likely be the deciding factor this season—not the amount of pure talent at his disposal. He lost a lot of that when Keith Appling, Adreian Payne and Gary Harris moved on to the next phase of their careers and lives. Of course, Branden Dawson, Denzel Valentine, Travis Trice and Matt Costello will be important and assist in keeping the ship afloat; one of them will likely be the team’s MVP.
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Football db.lsj.com —  Former Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer struggled in his latest audition to reclaim the starting quarterback job for the Cleveland Browns. Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, his main competition, also struggled, making the quarterback situation still unsettled for the Browns. Hoyer has completed just 8 of 20 passes for 108 yards for Cleveland in its two preseason losses. He was 2 of 6 passing for 16 yards Monday night against Washington.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State middle linebacker Jon Reschke didn’t hesitate when asked to evaluate his performance in the Spartans’ Friday scrimmage. “I think I did great, I had a very comfortable scrimmage,” said Reschke, who recorded five tackles, including one for a loss. “I was running the show, almost.”
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Football freep.com —  What I think people are forgetting is that Dantonio has already spent an offseason talking about “handling expectations” after a huge season, then watching his team do just that. In 2011, coming off MSU’s first Big Ten title in 20 years, the Spartans were ranked No. 17 to start the season — their highest preseason ranking since 1988, by the way — and they ended up No. 11 (and No. 10 in the coaches poll). It’s already been done. It’s already been answered, by the same people who are in charge now.
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Football mlive.com —  Former Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer was his own worst critic following Cleveland's 24-23 loss to the Washington Redskins on Monday night. "It probably couldn't have been any worse,'' Hoyer said in the post game press conference aired on ESPN following his 2-of-6, 16-yard passing performance. "It's disappointing, it's embarrassing. We started off poorly and it never changed after that."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State’s fall semester is just eight days away, but the Spartan basketball team could still be looking to add a player before then. Ray Kasongo, a Class of 2014 power forward, plans to visit East Lansing Wednesday, according to reports from Zagsblog and 247sports.
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Football spreaker.com —  Jack talks with Michigan State middle linebacker, outside linebacker, would-be running back and kick returner, Darien Harris.


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Football freep.com —  “Narduzzi’s always fired up, man, he’s always fired up, never a dull day with him,” Calhoun said. “But he definitely came in with a different approach, and he told us: ‘Hey, you know what, they won the first one, but what are you gonna do now?’ ”
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Football freep.com —  Taiwan Jones received an endorsement to start at middle linebacker at Michigan State — from his main competition. “He’s the best, I think, in my opinion,” redshirt freshman linebacker Jon Reschke said of Jones. Better than you? “Well of course, he’s a great football player, obviously,” Reschke said of the senior. “But we play differently. He’s a big, powerful guy. He runs through guys. I’m quick downhill, I make quick reads and get downhill real fast. And it’s a new position for him.”
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Football isportsweb.com —  Harris has emerged as not only a candidate to start this year, but as possibly the leader of the linebackers, despite not knowing if he would even be a starter. He has relished the opportunity to seize a leading role in this year’s camp.
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Football detroitnews.com —  For the bulk of his first four years at Michigan State, Mylan Hicks was a guy that wasn't getting noticed. Unless, of course, that is for being injured and never really living up to the promise he had when he arrived on campus as a highly recruited defensive back from Detroit Renaissance in the fall of 2010.
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Football profootballtalk.nbcsports.com —  BetOnline has made Hoyer a -280 favorite to be the Browns’ Week One starter, according to Dave Mason, sports book brand manager for the company. The odds suggest Hoyer has about a 73.7 percent chance of capturing the job.
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Football mlive.com —  Heading into last Friday’s scrimmage, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he wanted to see freshman running back Madre London take care of the ball and be solid in pass protection. Two days after the scrimmage on Monday morning, the verdict was apparently good: Dantonio said London “may show up” in the Spartans’ Aug. 29 opener against Jacksonville State, one of a handful of newcomers with the potential to do so.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State starting offensive guard Connor Kruse was injured in Friday's scrimmage and is out for an undisclosed amount of time. But coach Mark Dantonio said the injury — also undisclosed — is not season-ending. Dantonio even left open the possibility that Kruse, MSU's right guard, could be back for the Sept. 6 game at Oregon. While Kruse is out, No. 1 right tackle Donavon Clark will be the No. 1 right guard, and backup tackle Kodi Kieler is now the No. 1 right tackle.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Back in the recent dark times of Michigan State football, a lot of the team units were mediocre compared to their Big Ten counterparts. However, one aspect of Spartan football was almost always very good to great: the special teams.
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Football espn.go.com —  It's tempting to boil Michigan State's season down to the two "O" games: Oregon and Ohio State. Oh, but it's not that simple. The Spartans also play host to Nebraska, which won't be easy. There's always the Michigan game to think about, even though Mark Dantonio & Co. have dominated that series of late.
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