Football freep.com —  Lawrence Thomas accomplished a lot in five seasons at Michigan State. “Rose Bowl champion, Cotton Bowl champion, two-time Big Ten champion,” Thomas said after Senior Bowl practice this week. But nothing Thomas did on the field compares to what he did off it. On Dec. 19 — he smiles when he recites the date — Thomas became the first college graduate in his family when he received his degree in sociology during commencement ceremonies at the Breslin Center.
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Football freep.com —  wo years ago, it was Malik McDowell, Craig Evans, T.J. Harrell, Jamarco Jones, Daniel Cage and Darius Slade. One year ago, it was Mufi Hunt and Cassius Peat. Five days from now, the late names who could join or shun Mark Dantonio and Michigan State football include Lavert Hill, Michael Onwenu, Prince Sammons, Karamo Dioubate and Gary McCrae. Other than Hill, the Detroit King cornerback who will choose from among MSU, Michigan and Penn State as part of Wednesday’s National Signing Day festivities, those are all linemen.
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Football freep.com —  On Wednesday, news broke that East Mississippi Community College's Gary McCrae would be taking an official visit to Michigan State this weekend. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect signed with Georgia coming out of high school, but opened his recruitment back after the coaching change in Athens, Ga.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Three Michigan State seniors -- center Jack Allen, wide receiver Aaron Burbridge and defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas -- will represent the North in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 30 in Mobile, Alabama. The 67th annual Senior Bowl will be televised live by NFL Network, with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. ET from Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett leads the North team.
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Football freep.com —  Rivals.com four-star defensive end Karamo Dioubate of Philadelphia Prep Charter arrived at Michigan State on Wednesday for an official visit. The 6-foot-4, 274-pound prospect was supposed to visit last weekend but had to postpone because of a family emergency.
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Football mlive.com —  The Washington Redskins officially made it clear they want to keep Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback. General manager Scot McCloughan, speaking at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., told reporters he'd like to sign Cousins to a long-term deal. "From the standpoint of going forward, of course you'd like to have (Cousins) around," he said in a story posted on redskins.com. "I want him to be part of the Redskins,"
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Football mlive.com —  Auston Robertson, one of Michigan State's top-rated football recruits in the 2016 class, is expected to compete in the International Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday. Robertson is a 6-foot-5, 260-pound, four-star defensive end prospect from Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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Football mlive.com —  The last time Michigan State dipped into Illinois to recruit siblings, the Allen brothers emerged. Two-time All-American Jack Allen and rising junior offensive guard Brian Allen are from the Chicago suburb of Hinsdale. Mark Dantonio was back at it again Wednesday, extending an offer to Jacub Panasiuk, a 2017 defensive end from Lake Park High School in Roselle -- and the younger brother of 2016 commit Mike Panasiuk.
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Football detroitnews.com —  As a true freshman in 2011, he suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder before redshirting. In 2013, he played in just seven games due to a lower back injury before finally become a full-time starter on the defensive line in the past two years. “That’s what made me the strong person I am today,” he said.
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Football freep.com —  NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock wasn't happy to hear Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook skip out on a chance to play in the Senior Bowl. Still, Mayock said Cook is one of four quarterbacks who could go in the first round of this year's NFL draft along with North Dakota State's Carson Wentz, Cal's Jared Goff and Memphis' Paxton Lynch.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Although character concerns have arisen about Cook, Burbridge said people who are making such claims probably don’t know Cook. “Everybody has their own opinion,” Burbridge said. “I know him personally, so I know how good of a person he is.”
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Football mlive.com —  Highly coveted 2016 football prospect Karamo Dioubate from Philadelphia's Preparatory Charter School has arrived in Mid-Michigan for an official visit at Michigan State. Dioubate is a four-star prospect that 247Sports rates as the No. 5 player in Pennsylvania, the No. 19 defensive tackle in the country and 168th-ranked player overall.
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Football isportsweb.com —  It has been less than one month since the seniors for the Michigan State football team suited up one last time in the green and white. In that time, former quarterback Tommy Vento, who was a walk-on for Mark Dantonio’s team, was officially introduced as a member of Falcons de Bron-Villeurbanne in France and as of Sunday, led the Falcons to a 21-7 victory in the first game of the season.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's 2016 football recruiting class should be finished next Wednesday, national signing day. And the Spartans have plenty of scholarship offers out on prospects in the 2017 class. But Tuesday, coach Mark Dantonio and defensive line coach Ron Burton were at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago and offered a scholarship to 2018 athlete prospect Houston Griffith.
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Football espn.go.com —  Michigan State’s linebackers started last season with some bad news. Ed Davis, a veteran and potential All-American, would miss the entire fall with a knee injury. Without Davis, the Spartans linebackers still managed to put together a pretty successful season.
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Football detroitnews.com —  It’s easy to understand why Demetric Vance is headed to Michigan State to play college football. Vance is proud that the Spartans began recruiting him after Detroit Cass Tech’s season opener his junior year. He had just finished his best game, coming through with a pair of 42-yard receptions during the fourth quarter, one in double coverage, to help Cass Tech battle back from a 19-6 deficit for a 27-26 win over Oak Park. And receiver wasn’t even Vance’s primary position.
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Football washingtonpost.com —  The six quarterbacks originally named to the 2016 Pro Bowl by a combination of fan, player and coach voting were Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson. Derek Carr and Eli Manning were announced as replacements for Rodgers and Roethlisberger, respectively, last week. Monday brought word of three more QB fill-ins. Teddy Bridgewater replaced Carson Palmer, Tyrod Taylor took Super Bowl-bound Cam Newton’s spot and Jameis Winston tagged in for the battered Tom Brady.
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio indicated Michigan State's philosophy on holding firm on scholarship offers is to try to honor them, but ultimately, it's determined on a case-by-case basis. "You do the best you can with your guys," Dantonio said. "Obviously, there are always problems that occur that you have to deal with. Those are program decisions. "But I think when you offer a scholarship, you do your best to honor those situations."
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Football detroitnews.com —  National Signing Day is a little more than a week away and Michigan State is looking to add at least another defensive lineman to the 2016 class. One of its top targets was on campus over the weekend and the Spartans made a good impression on Prince Sammons of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. The four-star defensive end was expected to be visited by Michigan State coaches on Tuesday.
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Football mlive.com —  Two-time All-American center Jack Allen heads this year's list of three former MSU players participating in the all-star event, which opens practice today in Mobile, Alabama, and concludes with Saturday's game at 2:30 p.m. (TV: NFL Network). The Spartans are also represented by 2015 Big Ten Receiver of the Year Aaron Burbridge and versatile defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas, both of whom will join Allen on the North team.
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