Football profootballtalk.nbcsports.com —  BetOnline has made Hoyer a -280 favorite to be the Browns’ Week One starter, according to Dave Mason, sports book brand manager for the company. The odds suggest Hoyer has about a 73.7 percent chance of capturing the job.
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Football mlive.com —  Heading into last Friday’s scrimmage, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he wanted to see freshman running back Madre London take care of the ball and be solid in pass protection. Two days after the scrimmage on Monday morning, the verdict was apparently good: Dantonio said London “may show up” in the Spartans’ Aug. 29 opener against Jacksonville State, one of a handful of newcomers with the potential to do so.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State starting offensive guard Connor Kruse was injured in Friday's scrimmage and is out for an undisclosed amount of time. But coach Mark Dantonio said the injury — also undisclosed — is not season-ending. Dantonio even left open the possibility that Kruse, MSU's right guard, could be back for the Sept. 6 game at Oregon. While Kruse is out, No. 1 right tackle Donavon Clark will be the No. 1 right guard, and backup tackle Kodi Kieler is now the No. 1 right tackle.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Back in the recent dark times of Michigan State football, a lot of the team units were mediocre compared to their Big Ten counterparts. However, one aspect of Spartan football was almost always very good to great: the special teams.
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Football espn.go.com —  It's tempting to boil Michigan State's season down to the two "O" games: Oregon and Ohio State. Oh, but it's not that simple. The Spartans also play host to Nebraska, which won't be easy. There's always the Michigan game to think about, even though Mark Dantonio & Co. have dominated that series of late.
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Football spartannation.com —  The two positions attract men of similar stature, but they have completely different goals. Offensive linemen wish to protect the quarterback, while defensive linemen wish to sow chaos in the backfield. That’s part of the reason why the relationship between Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun and offensive tackle Jack Conklin is so unique.
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Football mlive.com —  Former Michigan State team captain Max Bullough had another strong outing for Houston on Saturday night, picking off a pass and making three tackles as the Texans' scored a 32-7 home victory over the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL preseason game.
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Football mlive.com —  One of the keys to Michigan State's success last season was having the necessary team depth to effectively apply a "next man up" philosophy. The Spartans have been tested in that capacity this fall camp, as a defense that already was replacing six starters also is operating without projected starting defensive tackle Damon Knox.
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Football freep.com —  That “baby fat” a younger Jack Conklin used to carry is gone. Odd to call it that when discussing an offensive lineman who weighs more than 300 pounds, but the Michigan State sophomore returned to camp a much leaner, more chiseled version of himself. And he looked to a rival down the road for inspiration.
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Football mlive.com —  "We need embrace our preseason ranking and display the maturity it takes to manage that success. Ultimately, we will be measured at the end of the season, so we will again strive to be playing our best football in November, December and on into January."
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Football msuspartans.com —  After a record-breaking season in 2013 that featured 13 wins and Rose Bowl and Big Ten Championships, Michigan State enters 2014 ranked No. 8 in the Preseason Associated Press Poll, released Sunday, Aug. 17. It marks MSU's highest preseason ranking in the AP Poll since 1967 (No. 3). It also marks the Spartans' 14th appearance in the Preseason AP Top 10: No. 10 in 1979, No. 3 in 1967, No. 2 in 1966, No. 4 in 1962, No. 6 in 1961, No. 8 in 1960, No. 4 in 1958, No. 3 in 1957, No. 2 in 1956, No. 4 in 1954, No. 2 in 1953, No. 1 in 1952 and No. 2 in 1951. Since 1950, Michigan State has appeared in the Preseason AP Poll 28 times. Three of MSU's 2014 opponents are ranked in the Preseason AP Poll: No. 3 Oregon, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 22 Nebraska.
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Football mlive.com —  The Michigan State football team ended the Bowl Championship Series era ranked among the country's elite, and they'll start the College Football Playoff age in similar fashion. Michigan State came in at No. 8 on Sunday in The Associated Press' first official college football poll of the 2014 season.
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Football mlive.com —  After years of position changes and depth chart battles, Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford finally has security. Now, his challenge is to not let that security become complacency.
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Football mlive.com —  Here's a look at how the No. 8-ranked Spartans and No. 4-ranked Ducks -- Oregon currently is a 14-point favorite -- compare through the first two weeks of fall drills:
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Football mlive.com —  Delton Williams is getting back on track after a promising true freshman season at tailback, though he has a long ways to go to live up to the comparison coach Mark Dantonio made the first day of fall camp a year ago. "Everything is coming back together,'' said Michigan State's Williams, who missed spring drills after undergoing shoulder surgery. "I fell off a little bit with remembering some of the plays, but I've got it back, and I feel more comfortable out there.''
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Football freep.com —  The obvious change in Michigan State’s passing game is the experience and confidence gained in the past year by the players who operate it. Less obvious, but maybe more important: the boldness discovered by the guy who designs it, and the complete shift in focus for the guy who triggers it.
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Football freep.com —  Montae Nicholson arrived at Michigan State with a pedigree on offense and defense, plus a chance to play both ways. The true freshman might do that, but he’s making a major mark already at cornerback. Nicholson tied for the team high with seven tackles and broke up a pass during the second preseason scrimmage Friday.
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