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LJ Scott will not take part in Senior Bowl practices or the game because of an injury, a spokesman for the game confirmed. Scott, who accepted an invitation last month, will now prepare for the NFL Draft having played in just five games this season

Source: Detroit News

2 days ago

Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are back in the Friend Zone for the latest episode of the Spartan Speak podcast.

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Muskegon junior Cameron Martinez (5-foot-11, 190 pounds), a three-star prospect who is listed as an athlete by 247Sports, received an offer in the morning. Big Reds junior Billie Roberts (6-5, 250), who is classified as a three-star weak-side defensive end, was extended his offer late afternoon.

Source: MLive

4 days ago

The Super Spartan Bros review the recent offensive staff shake up announced by Coach Dantonio and some other news and notes.

5 days ago

Lorenzo White was named to the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday, joining a host of Spartans greats. (The induction ceremony will be in New York on Dec. 10.) White stood 5 feet 11 in East Lansing, but had a big impact on the Spartans, taking them to the 1988 Rose Bowl in his senior season. As coach George Perles told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in 1985, “We call him ‘Big Foot.’ He can gear down, let people go by him, then motor again,” referencing his size 12EE shoes.

Source: Detroit Free Press

5 days ago

It might not have been the name Michigan State fans were hoping for, but in promoting quarterbacks coach Brad Salem to offensive coordinator, Mark Dantonio turned to a coach who’s got a track record of not only running an offense but developing players.

Source: Detroit News

5 days ago

Michigan State defensive lineman Mufi Hill-Hunt announced on Friday that he is planning to transfer. Hill-Hunt appeared in just two career games, both in 2017 before an ACL injury ended his season. He did not appear in a game in 2018.

Source: Detroit News

6 days ago

Jim Bollman is much more than the guy who was the co-offensive coordinator for the last six seasons. More than anything else, Jim Bollman is a football coach who was born to coach the offensive line.

Source: Spartans Wire

6 days ago

It was a chance for Mark Dantonio to personally announce the moves he was a making.No informal press release. For his coaches’ sake. For his program’s health. But predominantly, he said Thursday, it was a chance to explain himself to Michigan State fans. About staff decisions, he called “very difficult.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

6 days ago

Mark Dantonio’s staff changes have received all sorts of reactions – some good, most irrationally bad. Calm down, people. If we stop and think about what the man who has won 3 B1G Championships has done here, it’s possible that we might even see that it’s all quite smart and gives the program the best chance to immediately compete for a 4th B1G Championship.

Source: Spartans Wire

6 days ago

Mark Dantonio essentially stood in front of the Michigan State community Thursday evening and proclaimed, “Take me for what I am or leave me. This is who I’m going to be for as long as I am Michigan State’s football coach.”

Source: Lansing State Journal

6 days ago

Mark Dantonio called it “the most significant change” to his coaching staff in 12 years at Michigan State. Yet no one is leaving. The Spartans will instead have familiar faces in new roles, looking for a new outcome after another down offensive season.

Source: Detroit Free Press

6 days ago

Michigan State’s offensive coaching staff might be changing, but it appears Brian Lewerke will continue to be their primary block around which to rebuild. Coach Mark Dantonio expressed his loyalty to Lewerke on Thursday, saying he will not explore bringing in a graduate transfer at quarterback.

Source: Detroit Free Press

7 days ago

Dantonio announced on Thursday a restructuring of the offensive staff, moving quarterbacks coach Brad Salem to sole offensive coordinator while co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner will become the quarterbacks coach. Jim Bollman will take over the offensive line duties while current offensive line coach Mark Staten, also the associate head coach, will take over tight ends and continue as the recruiting coordinator.

Source: Detroit News

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Mark Dantonio Announces Football Staff Shakeup The Only Colors
After a disappointing football season that saw MSU finish 7-6 with the worst offense of the Mark Dantonio era, fans were clamoring for a change to the offensive staff. They got it…sort of…but not really. On Thursday Dantonio announced that the current staff would remain intact, but with changes to what each coach would be handling.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State football’s offensive coaching staff shakeup Lansing State Journal
With his program on the line, Dantonio banks on his guys, in different roles
Dantonio has to let Brad Salem loose and hope he’s the answer
Jim Bollman did this role well at Ohio State

Mark Dantonio restructures staff, names Brad Salem offensive coordinator mlive.com
After a season in which Michigan State’s offense ranked among the worst in the nation, coach Mark Dantonio decided to make changes. Dantonio announced a restructuring of his entire offensive staff Thursday night. It was the biggest shakeup of his 12-season tenure at Michigan State but a reshuffling of personnel already with the program instead of an infusion of new staff members.

Mark Dantonio shuffles staff, names new offensive coordinator Detroit Free Press
Michigan State football’s offensive staff is undergoing a major restructuring for 2019. But no coaches are leaving the Spartans. Mark Dantonio said Thursday that Brad Salem will take over as Michigan State’s offensive coordinator. Dave Warner and Jim Bollman, who previously shared the role, were reassigned to position coaches. “This is probably the most significant change we have had in my 12 years here,” Dantonio said. “But it is warranted.”

Dantonio demotes OC Dave Warner, shuffles MSU’s offensive staff Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State’s offense will be under new management in 2019. MSU head coach Mark Dantonio announced Thursday a series of coaching staff changes on that side of the ball. Dave Warner has been stripped of his play-calling duties, and former quarterbacks coach Brad Salem has been installed as offensive coordinator and running backs coach. Warner will return to coaching quarterbacks, which he did at MSU from 2007-12.

 

 

1 week ago

With the 2018 football season now finished, kaput, done, over with, and finally in the rearview mirror, the final stats are official.  Michigan State’s defense was – and will continue to be – strikingly good.

Source: Spartans Wire

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1 week ago

The last piece of the puzzle has fallen into place for the Michigan State Spartans defense in 2019, as All-American defensive end Kenny Willekes announced his plans to return to East Lansing for his senior season

Source: The Only Colors

1 week ago

Kenny Willekes is coming back for one more season. The final piece to Michigan State’s returning defensive starters is its biggest addition for 2019, as the All-America defensive end announced via Twitter on Tuesday night that he will not enter the NFL draft.“I will be returning to Michigan State for my senior year to pursue the goal of returning to the Big Ten championship with my brothers,” Willekes wrote.

Source: Detroit Free Press

1 week ago

It was love at first sight for Massillon (Ohio) Washington senior wide receiver Tre’Von Morgan and Michigan State. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound pass-catcher committed to the Spartans earlier in the month, despite previously saying he would visit schools in January before making a decision.

Source: Detroit News

1 week ago

Bob Quinn’s interest in new Detroit Lions quarterback Connor Cook was piqued over the summer when the Lions traveled west for a set of joint practices and a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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