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 —  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 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 —  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 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 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 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 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 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 —  Despite putting together the kind of dominant season in Big Ten play that is essentially unmatched in recent history, Michigan State still seems to be flying somewhat under the radar even within its own division -- let alone nationally.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Earlier this week, the Big Ten Blog at ESPN released their preseason FPI projections for the East and West divisions. In the East projections is an interesting nugget for MSU:
Projected overall record: 7.79 wins, 4.32 losses
Projected conference record: 4.72 wins, 3.28 wins
Odds of winning the Big Ten: 5.9 percent
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook was one of 39 quarterbacks — five in the Big Ten — named to the Davey O'Brien watch list on Wednesday morning. Cook should enter the 2014 season with as much momentum as any quarterback in the nation after starring performances in the Big Ten championship game against Ohio State and again in the Rose Bowl against Stanford.
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Football spartannation.com —  This will be the deepest offense MSU has had since Dantonio arrived. The question marks at most positions have to simply do with growing up and maturing. This team has a chance to be special and be in the national title hunt. This team must embrace that early and police themselves. Will they rise to the occasion?
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Football detroitnews.com —  Michigan State junior Connor Cook is among five Big Ten quarterbacks on the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award.
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