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The Spartans enter the season ranked in both the AP and Coaches polls. The Michigan State Spartans officially enter the season ranked in both the the preseason Associated Press Poll and the preseason USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll. The AP Poll was released on Monday with the Spartans checking in at No. 15, while the Coaches Poll was released last week and ranked MSU one spot higher at No. 14.

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Keon Coleman has just seven career receptions, but there’s no doubt about it: he’s a fan favorite. Michigan State fans have embraced Coleman ever since he committed to the Spartans over dozens of potential suitors. He’s a dual-sport star and arguably one of the most naturally gifted and athletic prospects the program has had over the past few years.

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Tucker certainly has the blueprint and tools in East Lansing to recruit at a high level nationally. Believe it or not, there is a path for Michigan State to become what is considered an “elite” program. Of course, the perception of what “elite” means could vary based on how each individual fan or pundit thinks, but it means, at the very least, sustained success in the national college football landscape. Spartan football being elite is great for college football.

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Mel Tucker sits on his back deck with a cigar in one hand and a glass of Elijah Craig bourbon in the other. At this moment, at around 8 p.m. on a low-80s evening in East Lansing, he’s his own version of relaxed. As a head coach, that means he’s also entertaining a small group of writers and keeping half an eye on both his cell phones, which rest on the table next to him. When his cigar or glass are not in his mouth, he’s lobbing questions at any of the three on-hand cigar aficionados hired for the evening to help us pair smoke with drink.

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When Aaron Brule entered the transfer portal following four seasons at Mississippi State, it took only a week to pick a new school. The graduate transfer linebacker committed to the Spartans in December, and a previous connection with coach Mel Tucker, along with the program coming off an 11-win season last year, helped lay the path to East Lansing.“The perfect place to be,” Brule said with a smile on Thursday after the team’s seventh practice of fall camp. “Coach Tuck, I’m sure as y’all can see from the past season and stuff like that, he’s got some great things going on and I wanted to be a part of it.”

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Stop me if you have heard this from The State News before: The success of Michigan State football is largely dependent on the offensive line. With guys like Luke Campbell, Matt Allen and Blake Bueter all gone, many snaps have left the program, leaving lots of uncertainty at the position.

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Turns out, Jacob Slade is a little camera shy. Well, if the Michigan State defensive tackle has the season some are expecting, the fifth-year senior better get used to being the center of attention.

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In 2021 the Michigan State Spartans gave up a lot of yards through the air. In total, Michigan State’s defense gave up a total of 4,222 passing yards, which works out to 324.8 yards per game. Those numbers were good enough to be ranked No. 130 in the FBS in total pass defense out of a total of 130 teams. In other words, specifically the words of Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker at Big Ten Media Days: “We were last in the country last year,” Tucker said. “Dead-ass last. Now that’s going to change.”

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Michigan State coach Mel Tucker learned a valuable lesson 14 years ago during an NFL training camp. In 2008, Tucker was the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns under Romeo Crennel. The coaches were trying to manage reps for a veteran defensive lineman, and that’s when Crennel forced the issue with Tucker. “Romeo told me, ‘He has to show me that he can still do it,'” Tucker said at Big Ten Media Days. “I’ve never forgotten that. It’s a production business. It’s what have you done today? Can you still do it? It’s not just players. It’s the coaches.”

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Ted Gilmore delivered high praise for his newest understudy, Daniel Barker. Even though he feels the Michigan State football tight end transfer does have one thing he needs to work on. “Once he learns it all, once it slows down for him, this young man has some skills. And I’m glad we have him,” Gilmore said Monday. “My biggest challenge with him is to get him to be quiet.”

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Michigan State took the next step in preparing for the 2022 season. The Spartans on Wednesday put full pads on for the first time in fall camp, during their sixth practice. NCAA rules state the only protective equipment players can wear during the first two days of preseason practice are helmets and spider pads while shoulder pads can be added for the following three days. Full pads aren’t allowed until the sixth day.

Source: MLive.com

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