Under sunny skies and temperatures in the high-50s, the Michigan State football team held its second scrimmage of spring practice on Tuesday morning inside Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans will wrap up spring practice with their annual scrimmage April 24, which will begin at 2 p.m. and air live on Big Ten Network, the program announced Tuesday. On the subject of fans in the stands, MSU Athletics released the following statement: “In preparation for the possibility of accommodating fans at the spring football game on April 24, MSU athletics is working on a plan that complies with the protocols established by the MDHHS.”
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The Spartans have three draft hopefuls this year who are looking to extend the program’s streak and achieve their personal dreams of reaching the NFL: cornerback Shakur Brown, defensive tackle Naquan Jones and linebacker Antjuan Simmons. We will take a closer look at all three of these players with individual draft profiles, staring with Brown.
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As part of Tucker’s roster overhaul, there will be more additions in the summer with incoming freshmen and transfers, and likely additional departures, for a team that will look much different in the fall than it did last year. Here’s a ranking of Michigan State’s position groups from strength to a concern, based on returning production, depth and the outlook for the season.
Six Spartan seniors – center Matt Allen, offensive tackle AJ Arcuri, defensive end Drew Beesley, offensive lineman Luke Campbell, kicker Matt Coghlin and defensive end Jacub Panasiuk – are taking advantage of a rare opportunity, staying at MSU for another year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Allen, Arcuri, Beesley, Campbell and Coghlin are all back for a sixth season, while Panasiuk returns for a fifth year.
Mel Tucker has brought a new enthusiasm and excitement to Michigan State’s football recruiting. Tucker is known as an ace recruiter and he is bringing that intensity to East Lansing.
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Michigan State is nearly four months removed from the end of the 2020 season. Offensive coordinator Jay Johnson has had plenty of time to review the performance and is looking to “improve everything.”That would be a good place to start.
Michigan State returns 15 players on the offensive line in 2021, including 10 letterwinners and eight players with multiple games of starting experience. Chris Kapilovic, who was promoted to assistant head coach in January, enters his second year mentoring the offensive line for the Spartans and also coordinates the run game.
It all came together very quickly. Payton Thorne was committed to play at Western Michigan for coach Tim Lester, a family friend, and with receiver Jayden Reed, his friend and former high school teammate. Then Michigan State called and he made the drive from suburban Chicago to East Lansing for a visit. In two weeks, he went from receiving an offer from the Spartans to signing a national letter of intent.
Payton Thorne and Anthony Russo traded compliments and received praises from Michigan State football’s coaches Tuesday. Who said there can’t be nicety among contestants in a quarterback competition? Yet both Thorne, who ended the 2020 season as the Spartans’ starter, and graduate transfer Russo outwardly speak of being more invested in making individual improvements right now during MSU’s spring practice than worrying about what the other guy is doing.
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The Michigan State football team held its seventh practice of the spring on Tuesday morning under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s on the outdoor turf field behind the Duffy Daugherty Football Building.
Michigan State has five players committed to its 2022 recruiting class. Three of them are offensive linemen. There’s still more than eight months to go until the early signing period but there’s been a clear focus so far.