Football wxyz.com —  Mark Dantonio says despite an 11-win season in 2014, Michigan State will be "reaching higher" in 2015. The Spartans head coach says that even with the past success, his team has plenty to aspire to this season, including playing in the Big Ten Championship Game and earning a spot in the College Football Playoff.

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Football mlive.com —  "I've been here for two years, and I'll tell you, I'm not leaving without beating those guys,'' Nebraska safety Nate Gerry said at the Big Ten media days on Friday, asked about the MSU series. "That's one of those games that you just kind of keep in the back of your mind."
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Football freep.com —  The way Shilique Calhoun tells it, he finally decided he was returning for his senior season in the middle of the Cotton Bowl, with MSU’s comeback from a 20-point deficit to win, 42-41, not yet complete. “We were still down and our defense was sitting on the sideline and I just happened to turn to my (defensive) tackle Joel Heath, and I tapped him and … I’m like, ‘I’m coming back,’ ” Calhoun said. “And he’s like, ‘What?’ I’m like, ‘I’m coming back.’ He’s like, ‘What are you talking about, man?’ I’m like, ‘Nothing, nothing, never mind.’
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Football mlive.com —  Stoic Michigan State center Jack Allen isn't known for hyperbole. So when he provided this first impression of incoming freshman running back LJ Scott last week at Big Ten media days in Chicago, heads turned. "He looks like Le'Veon Bell," Allen said. "When I saw him, he looked like he would be Le'Veon's cousin or something."
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Football freep.com —  Greg Jones, Max Bullough, Denicos Allen and Eric Gordon may come to mind first, but Mark Dantonio holds fifth-year senior Ed Davis in similar regard – at least. “He may be as good a linebacker as we’ve had,” Dantonio said of the 6-foot-3, 233-pound Detroit Southeastern product. “I’m talking about from sideline to sideline, the ability to slip blocks, the ability to get off blocks, the ability to pressure quarterbacks, make tackles.”
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Football thecoverfour.com —  Though the NFL has not thought of them as highly as they have of Michigan State’s secondary, for pure collegiate production, the standouts that Dantonio has overseen in his time on the job in East Lansing at linebacker (Taiwan Jones, Max Bullough, and Greg Jones in the middle, Denicos Allen, Eric Gordon, and now Davis on the outside) have been as good as any team in the country.
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Football spartanavenue.com —  Jamal Lyles is motivated. Sure, he’s not listed as the starter on the depth chart this season and he has a lot to prove, but that’s not what’s driving him and the rest of his Spartan teammates. After receiving zero first place votes in the preseason Big Ten polls, the junior tight end took to Twitter to post about the bulletin board material.
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Football detroitnews.com —  It seemed odd a couple of years ago, as Michigan State was marching toward a Big Ten championship and a victory in the Rose Bowl, that the offensive line was far from an established, five-man unit. While most teams want the five starters to be clear and will stick with that group, Spartans offensive line coach Mark Staten began implementing a type of rotation. As many as eight players were seeing regular snaps, often changing from possession to possession.
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