The Michigan State men’s soccer team upset No. 12 SMU, 2-1 on the road on Friday night in the season-opener for both teams. Ryan Sierakowski scored the go-ahead goal in the 74th minute on a rebound following a corner kick to give the Spartans the come-from-behind win.
Malik McDowell wasn’t actually talking to reporters or NFL teams when he declared earlier this month that he wouldn’t leave Michigan State early for the NFL unless he’s projected as a top-three draft pick. McDowell doesn’t seem like one to pander for effect. And, I’m told, he doesn’t read headlines. Or pay any attention to what’s written about him. So this column will stay between us. He was talking to only one person on Aug. 8 — himself.
Heath is making a strong argument for a spot on the Texans' 53-man roster, if not their practice squad. He chose the Texans over the San Francisco 49ers and three other teams' contract offers based on their strong history of keeping and developing undrafted free agents. That includes former Pro Bowl runner Arian Foster and linebacker Max Bullough, a former Michigan State teammate.
Michigan State picked up an important verbal commitment Tuesday when Drew DeRidder made the decision to select the Spartans. DeRidder, one of the top goaltenders in the country for the 2000 birth-year age group, is a draft pick of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL. Last winter, he led Team USA to a gold medal in the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
Since coming to Michigan State in 2012, Monty Madaris has had the opportunity to see a string of wide receiver teammates blossom as seniors. Last year it was Aaron Burbridge, who went from 29 catches as a junior to 85 as a senior, with more than 1,200 yards. Before that, Tony Lippett jumped from 44 catches to 65 as a senior. Both won Big Ten Receiver of the Year honors. Madaris has been watching tapes of them, plus more veteran Spartans wide receivers of recent years, in getting ready for this season to look for trends.