Football detroitnews.com —  Things couldn't be much better for Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State football program these days. Michigan State, which beat Baylor in the Cotton Bowl, is coming off back-to-back top-five seasons that included a Big Ten championship, a Rose Bowl win and a 24 victories. And headed into next season, the expectations will be just as high with the return of quarterback Connor Cook and defensive end Shilique Calhoun.
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Football freep.com —  Mark Dantonio's program just sent a Big Ten-best six players to Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine and two of them – running back Jeremy Langford and cornerback Trae Waynes – ran the fastest 40-yard dash times at their positions.
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Football mlive.com —  "This senior class, when we recruited them, as we saw them mature into their redshirt year, the statement was made by a lot of our coaches that they may be the most talented class we've recruited,'' Dantonio said. "That's a positive for the near future, but you don't get where you want to go unless you have your best year as a football player your senior year and unless you have great leadership as well.''
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Football bleacherreport.com —  The Spartans' rise to national prominence has coincided with the construction of a steady pipeline being built between East Lansing and the NFL. Michigan State alums now litter professional football, including three starting quarterbacks last season and the NFL's second-leading rusher.
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Football isportsweb.com —  Michigan State was able to get an early jump on their 2016 recruiting class by filling out their 2015 class early. Now, that is starting to pay dividends for the Spartans on the trail for the 2016 class. Four star 2016 Defensive End Auston Robertson, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, named Michigan State his leader. His top three in order are Michigan State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.
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Football espn.go.com —  Waynes' skills help his draft stock to be sure, but multiple secondary coaches and scouts said having played at Michigan State gives him a bonus point or two. Those evaluators believe Michigan State defensive backs -- because their scheme includes a steady diet of press coverage and a coaching staff that works with the position day to day -- come into the league with pro-ready technique.
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Football mlive.com —  Kurtis Drummond left Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday feeling "thankful and blessed" for the opportunity to compete among the best pro football prospects in the nation at the NFL combine. "There were 56 defensive backs out of how many in the country, so you have to realize how truly blessed and privileged you are just to be invited,'' said Drummond, a departing Michigan State team captain and the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in 2014.
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Football statenews.com —  Trae Waynes is looking to be the second consecutive MSU corner taken in the first round of the NFL draft in as many years, as many know former Spartan Darqueze Dennard was the 24th overall pick.
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Football profootballtalk.nbcsports.com —  “I think, right now, long corners are in, and it makes sense when you’re drafting Kelvin Benjamin and you’re drafting Mike Evans and all those big wideouts who are making immediate impacts,” Mayock said. “You’re looking for longer corners; Trae Waynes is a longer corner. He comes out of a program that I have a lot of respect for on the defensive side of the football. You know what you’re getting. I felt the same way about [former Michigan State cornerback Darqueze] Dennard last year, except this kid’s longer. So I think you know what you’re getting.”
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes came through as fast as advertised on Monday, running the 40-yard dash in an official time of 4.31 seconds at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Mark Dantonio was in attendance, and the normally stoic Spartans' head coach flashed a rare smile that was caught by the NFL Network cameras televising the event.
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Football mlive.com —  Three of the four Spartans who have already taken their turn at the combine, the program's March 18 "Pro Day" workout in front of NFL scouts likely can't get here soon enough.Receivers Keith Mumphery (4.55) and (4.61) will want to be re-timed in the 40 at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building, and after Sunday's performance, linebacker Taiwan Jones might want a complete do-over.
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Football onlyfans.cstv.com —  Linebacker Taiwan Jones was the only former Spartan to test at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. In the running tests, Jones clocked 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 4.33 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle, and 7.25 seconds in the 3-cone drill. He recorded a 32-inch vertical leap and had a broad jump of 115 inches, and put up 225 pounds 19 times on the bench press.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook chose to return to the Spartans for his senior season though he might have been a first-round pick in the 2015 draft, which lacks depth at the position behind top prospects Jameis Winston (Florida State) and Marcus Mariota (Oregon). When he exits next season, Cook likely will be a first-rounder and could be the first quarterback off the board.
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Football mlive.com —  Waynes, who is projected as a first-round pick this April, repeatedly expressed gratitude to the Spartans coaching staff and former teammates, such as Darqueze Denard, for getting him to this spot.
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Football mlive.com —  Connor Cook and his family took into consideration that Cook was expected to be one of the first three quarterbacks selected in the 2015 NFL draft before electing to return to Michigan State for his senior season. Chris Cook, Connor's father, told Mlive.com on Dec. 16 that his son's decision had more to do with wanting to complete what he started with the Spartans than capitalizing on his draft stock.
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Football freep.com —  A second-team All-America last year, Waynes said Michigan State coaches Mark Dantonio, Harlon Barnett and former defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi deserve credit for grooming him for the NFL.
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Football onlyfans.cstv.com —  Jeremy Langford ran the fastest 40-yard dash time among running backs, clocking in at 4.42 seconds, while potential first-round cornerback Trae Waynes met with the media on Saturday at the NFL Combine.
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