Football si.com —  The only thing better than an intersectional game between preseason top-10 teams is a contrast of polar opposite styles. Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Ducks' blur offense will face off with coordinator Pat Narduzzi's perennially stingy defense, which ranked No. 1 nationally following last season's Rose Bowl triumph. Meanwhile, underrated Spartans quarterback Connor Cook could provide a nice litmus test for an Oregon defense that loses longtime coordinator Nick Aliotti but returns All-America cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olumu.
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Football mlive.com —  Former Michigan State lineman Noah Jones said he's ready to build on his season with the Spartans after transferring to Pearl River (Miss.) junior college in June. "It was a tough to leave Michigan State, because of my relationships with the players and the coaches, but it was a decision I had to make,'' said Jones, who redshirted last season after signing with the Spartans in 2013 out of Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  The quality of MSU's home games in past seasons has varied significantly; from last year (what would've been the second best home game after Michigan? Minnesota or Indiana?) to two years ago (Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Ohio State - all losses. This concludes our discussion of the 2012 season). The 2014 MSU home games look to be either really, really, awesome, or generic filler. Here's how we rank the games in attractiveness, divided into tiers.
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Football mlive.com —  Oregon, with its signature optic-yellow "O" and fast-paced offense, stands between Michigan State and its goal of improving on a 2013 season that saw the program triumph in the Rose Bowl and finish ranked No. 3 in the nation. Michigan State opens the season against FCS foe Jacksonville State on Aug. 29, of course, with the trip to play the Ducks in Eugene slated for Sept. 6.
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Football freep.com —  As the excitement builds for Michigan State football this year, the team is beginning to get more and more national attention. Of the seven games with an announced game time so far (the times of five games have not been decided yet), MSU has five night games. Three of those five night games will be broadcasted on national television: September 6th at Oregon at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox (which has the potential to be College GameDay). October 4th vs. Nebraska at 8:00 pm ET on ESPN. November 8th vs. Ohio State at 8:00 ET on ABC. Those are three enormous games that the entire country will be watching.
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Football freep.com —  As Michigan State’s football season draws nearer, it becomes clearer that many upcoming conversations will be redirected — reporters asking about Oregon, Spartans reminding that their season actually opens Aug. 29 against Jacksonville State. Defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett, though, won’t pretend he hasn’t spent some off-season time thinking about the Ducks and MSU’s nationally awaited Sept. 6 trip to play them.
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Football mlive.com —  "He's one of those guys who now has the pilot light on inside, and with more experience, that confidence will bode well,” Whitfield told NFL.com. “The most dangerous thing you can have in a quarterback is confidence, and that guy has it."
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett had command of the footage rolling on screens to his right and left, and after taking a room full of officials through MSU techniques and terms — “hook and swat,” “off-hand jam,” “kick slide” and more — he switched from practice clips to a certain contest on Sept. 21, 2013, in South Bend, Ind.
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Football freep.com —  The Spartans also have been recruiting running back Mike Weber of Detroit Cass Tech. Weber also is considering Michigan, Ohio State and several other top programs and plans on making his decision after his senior season. The Spartans have told Weber that they gladly would add him to the class and are fine with his decision timetable. Weber is rated the No. 1 prospect in Michigan and No. 10 running back in the class of 2015.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State sophomore cornerback Ezra Robinson will continue his career elsewhere, a school spokesman confirmed today. Robinson, a speedy player from Sarasota, Fla., who was expected to compete for a starting job in 2014, has asked for and been granted a release from his MSU scholarship. He has not yet specified a new destination, MSU associate athletic director John Lewandowski said.
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Football isportsweb.com —  “You will be the ones.” That is what Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio said to his team before the start of the 2013 season. What Coach Dantonio was referring to of course was snapping the Spartans long Rose Bowl drought and getting to Pasadena for the first time in 26 years. It turns out that he was correct, they were “the ones.” Not only did the 2013 Spartans set a school record with 13 wins, they beat undefeated Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship and went into Pasadena and won the Rose Bowl. The question now is, where do they go from here?
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Football mlive.com —  Darqueze Dennard became the first Michigan State player last December to take him the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the top defensive back in college football. Can a 2014 Spartans defensive back repeat the feat? Two of them will have a chance to do so. Senior safety Kurtis Drummond and junior cornerback Trae Waynes were both named to the watch list for the 2014 Thorpe Award Friday morning.
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Football rantsports.com —  While landing a four-star prospect, or even a highly-regarded running back prospect is not unusual for MSU, Scott’s addition means all three of MSU’s four star-rated 2015 players (according to ESPN) line up on offense: Scott, OT Kyonta Stallworth and QB Brian Lewerke. While it remains to be seen how the class ends up looking on signing day, the Spartans have not had a class with offensive players making up the top-three since 2009, when OT David Barrent and running backs Edwin Baker and Larry Caper led the way.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Lewerke was honest and up-front when assessing his performance. “I did really well (the first day) throwing,” he said. “(The second day) was not as good. I had a couple bad decisions during 7-on-7, but (the first day) I thought I did really well.”
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Well, well, well. A running back with MSU, Auburn, 'Bama, and OSU offers, eh? The last two seasons, those teams have each had a running back drafted within the first 75 picks of the NFL draft. Yup, that checks out.
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