Football msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State football team wrapped up preseason camp on Thursday after nearly three weeks of practice for the upcoming season. The Spartans will take the next two days off before reporting back to campus on Sunday to begin game preparations for the Aug. 29 season opener against Jacksonville State.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Laden with leadership DNA rubbed from the shoulders of so many former Michigan State captains, the mantle has been passed. Accepting it, based on a team vote, from head coach Mark Dantonio at the end of Thursday's practice were fifth-year seniors Kurtis Drummond and Travis Jackson and fourth-year junior Shilique Calhoun.
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Football msuspartans.com —  "Spartan Football All-Access" debuts with its "Season Preview" on FOX Sports Detroit Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The 30-minute "Season Preview" includes interviews with head coach Mark Dantonio, assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and quarterback Connor Cook as well as in-depth analysis of Michigan State's 2014 schedule.
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Football freep.com —  The dream still remained for Mylan Hicks. Even as he spent the first four years of his Michigan State career struggling to find a role on the Spartan defense, the NFL remained a goal. And Hicks, a senior linebacker, knew it wouldn’t be possible without staying the course.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Jeremy Langford is the main back again this season, with a group of backs ready to be deployed depending on the situation.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's linebacking corps is finally settled — leading into the season-opening game, at least — with Coach Mark Dantonio announcing Taiwan Jones the starter in the middle. "Taiwan is the opening day starter at 'Mike,' '' Dantonio said, referring to the middle linebacker spot formerly held by two-time All-Big Ten performer Max Bullough.
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Football profootballtalk.nbcsports.com —  Center Kyle Cook never caught on with another team after being released by the Bengals in March and now it looks like he won’t be doing it in the future either. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that Cook has decided to retire after six seasons. Cook went undrafted out of Michigan State in 2007, made his debut with the Bengals the next season and moved into the starting lineup in 2009. He started 66 games before his release, including all 16 last season.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State announced senior safety Kurtis Drummond, senior offensive guard Travis Jackson and junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun as its 2014 captains today. Players vote on captains and, in a mild surprise, junior quarterback Connor Cook did not get the nod.
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Football isportsweb.com —  The 2014 Michigan State football season is upon us, as the No. 8 Spartans are set to kick off the season at home against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET. With the season drawing closer and closer every day, the Michigan State staff at isportsweb has put together a season preview and predictions article for the 2014 season.
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Football mlive.com —  At this time a season ago, Burbridge had as much star power as any player on the Spartans' offense. Burbridge was one of only 75 receivers nationwide picked for the Biletnikoff Award watch list, and some expected him to play a starring role. Instead, Burbridge started the season slow, lost his starting job following the Notre Dame game, suffered a hamstring injury against Purdue three weeks later and finished the season with 22 catches for 194 yards.
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Football mlive.com —  The College Football Playoff committee is entering uncharted territory, trying to pick a field of four teams that will determine the next national champion. But after spending a season on the NCAA men’s basketball committee that picks that much larger tournament field, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis thinks he has some idea of the task they will be facing.
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Football freep.com —  Come inside the wacky, witty world of Mike Sadler, the resident comedian of the Michigan State football team. It is a curious place that is funny, sarcastic, self-deprecating and full of humor. Sadler, a fifth-year senior, is one of the best punters in the country, but he constantly pokes fun of himself on Twitter.
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Football freep.com —  The 6-foot-2, 275-pound offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth of Detroit Martin Luther King High School was elevated from a 3-star to a 4-star prospect. Defensive back Kaleel Gaines of Frostproof High School in Florida moved up to a 5.7 3-star recruit, which is the highest level under a 4-star recruit. Gaines move was not just a result of his impressive list of scholarships, but also his strong performance at the IMG National 7v7 Tournament.
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Football mlive.com —  Former Michigan State tailback Le'Veon Bell and his Pittsburgh teammate LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession after a Wednesday afternoon traffic stop, according to several reports. Bell was operating a Camaro when he was pulled over by Ross Township (Pennsylvania) police around 1:30 p.m. after an officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to an Associated Press report.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Trae Waynes will be one player working the borders of the No Fly Zone. Who will join him?
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Football freep.com —  Shortly before his spring suspension was announced, Michigan State junior receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. was arrested and charged with driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 or above, and operating while intoxicated by alcohol, a controlled substance or a combination. The Free Press obtained court documents Wednesday confirming Kings’ April 6 arrest and July 7 sentencing to 13 months of probation.
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Football freep.com —  Hoyer didn't win the job over Manziel as much as he hung on to it after beginning training camp as the No. 1 quarterback. Hoyer made three starts before a season-ending knee injury in 2013.
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Football mlive.com —  What do you get when you plug in Sirius XM College Sports Nation radio show at Spartan Stadium for a three-hour radio show? Plenty of hot air and commentary from co-hosts Mark Packer and Eddie George, but also, some surprisingly candid statements from Michigan State coaches and players.
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