Football theonlycolors.com —  The previously previewed cornerbacks were one half of MSU's impressive secondary last season; quite obviously the safeties were the other half. Kurtis Drummond and Isaiah Lewis worked in tandem throughout most of the season to prevent balls from reaching their intended targets. With Lewis's graduation, Kurtis Drummond is left as the leader of a unit that will hope to maintain the cohesion and defensive excellence of last season. Here's a look at the Michigan State safeties for this season. Discuss »
Football theonlycolors.com —  Eighth-ranked Spartans primed to start working towards putting together encore after record-setting 2013 season. Days away from officially entering his eighth season at the helm of the Michigan State football program, Mark Dantonio has already been measured while carrying a quiet confidence.
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Football mlive.com —  The resilience that Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes so much about quarterback Connor Cook isn't limited to the football field. That much was on display on Tuesday, when Cook was surrounded by media and asked about not being on the No. 8-ranked Spartans' fall leadership council or voted a team captain last week. Cook made no attempt to hide his feelings and admitted it was disappointing, but in the next breath he vowed to continue to lead the team to the best of his ability starting with Friday's 7:30 p.m. season opener against Jacksonville State.
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio confirmed at his press conference on Tuesday that junior receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. is available for the Spartans' season opener against Jacksonville State. Kings was arrested on April 6 for driving with a blood alcohol content of more than .17, and on July 7 he was sentenced to 13 months of probation and a $750 fine after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charges.
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Football freep.com —  Enjoy the last preseason mailbag, everyone — the questions are about to get more field-focused (possibly pointed) after the Spartans start playing games.
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Football mlive.com —  Any notion that No. 8 Michigan State might be overlooking FCS opponent Jacksonville State in its Friday night opener was quickly dismissed by Coach Mark Dantonio on Tuesday. "This is a statement game,'' said Dantonio, who brings a 64-29 mark with the Spartans into his eighth season as the program's head coach. "If things don't go right for us, it will not be because we have overlooked Jacksonville State.''
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Football freep.com —  enior Mylan Hicks made a move in preseason camp, and it shows on Michigan State's first depth chart of the football season — the starter at MSU's star (weakside) linebacker is listed as Hicks OR junior Darien Harris. Harris started camp as the No. 1 star, and it appears likely that both will play. Meanwhile, two MSU receivers are listed as No. 3 cornerbacks: sophomores R.J. Shelton and Monty Madaris. Shelton also is a starting receiver, along with Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphery.
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Football startribune.com —  The Spartans went 13-1 last year, beating Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game and outmuscling Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Michigan State won all eight of its conference games by at least 10 points. Its only loss was a four-point tossup at Notre Dame. This year, the Spartans could be even better. They might not be the only Big Ten team with a shot to reach the four-team College Football Playoff, but they’re probably the best equipped to win it.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State kicks off its season in three days against FCS contender Jacksonville State at Spartan Stadium with high expectations. Here are five things to watch in Friday night's game, which will be televised at 7:30 p.m. by the Big Ten Network
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun has a simple explanation for his upbeat disposition. "You never know how you can affect someone's life,'' said Calhoun, who wears a constant smile and often finishes sentences with a laugh. "You don't know what they're going through. That, and I think you want to just be happy, and have a great appreciation for life.''
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Football freep.com —  The FCS Gamecocks of Jacksonville, Ala., go spread and high-tempo and should give the Spartans' defense a serious test - and a bit of a primer for No.8 MSU's Sept. 6 trip to No.3 Oregon.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Michigan State University officially dedicated the $24.5 million North End Zone Complex, a 50,000-square-foot addition to Spartan Stadium, on Monday, Aug. 25. A crowd of more than 600 Spartan Fund donors attended the dedication ceremony.
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Football mlive.com —  Isaiah Lewis said he never saw it coming, but business is business, and Lewis is ready to take the next step forward whenever and wherever that might be after being placed on waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday morning. "I'll put my faith in God, and he'll send me in the right direction,'' Lewis told Mlive.com on Monday night. "I've been through adversity before in life, and this is one of the toughest things I've had to deal with, but it's no different.''
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Football theonlycolors.com —  First, the bad news: Bennie Fowler, the Spartans' leader in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns last season, has graduated. The good news: everyone else of note returns, meaning the Spartans return 85.5% of their total receptions and 79.0% of their receiving yards from last season. Without further ado, let's take a look at the Spartans who will be receiving most of the passes this season.
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Football msuspartans.com —  The Spartan Stadium North End Zone Complex is officially being dedicated Monday night. Check out a photo tour of the new complex.
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Football mlive.com —  Jacksonville State set a whopping 49 school records in 2013. They also set 13 Ohio Valley Conference records and three NCAA records. Needless to say, it was an historic season for the FCS school in Northeast Alabama.
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Football mlive.com —  One of the biggest non-conference matchups in the country looms less than two weeks away, when No. 8 Michigan State is scheduled to visit No. 3 Oregon. So will the Spartans fall victim to the dreaded trap game in their season opener Friday against Jacksonville State? Players and coaches have maintained throughout the preseason that their focus this week will be entirely on the Gamecocks.
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Football wxyz.com —  Mark Dantonio has never lacked confidence. So when he was asked if Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller's season-ending injury makes the Spartans the clear-cut favorites to win the Big Ten again, he was quick to defend his team. "I think we've been the team to beat. We won the championship last year, so really, beyond that I guess we're a little bit more the hunted," Dantonio told 7 Sports Cave host Brad Galli.
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