Michigan State fifth-year graduate senior safety Xavier Henderson has been named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced on Thursday. Named after NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy annually goes to the Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year, a player who has had the biggest impact on his team both on and off the field.
On Wednesday, CBS Sports released its Top 25 college football head coaches list, part of a two-day release that ranks each of the 65 head coaches in the Power 5 conferences of college football. Tucker skyrocketed up the list, climbing a whopping 33 spots between 2021 and 2022 to land at No. 24 in the country. It was the second-largest jump of any Power 5 coach in the rankings, trailing only Baylor’s Dave Aranda — who leaped 51 spots in the rankings after leading the Bears to a school-record 12 wins and a Big 12 championship last season.
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Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus produced a statistic that showed just how effective Michigan State was at running the flea flicker. Per his numbers, the Spartans had 4 touchdowns of 35 yards out or more through flea flickers alone.
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Three graduate transfers – tight end Daniel Barker (Illinois), running back Jarek Broussard (Colorado), and offensive lineman Brian Greene (Washington State) – have officially joined the Michigan State football program with classes for the first summer semester starting on Monday, May 16. Michigan State is slated to begin summer conditioning on May 31.
With more than a year to go before the early signing period, Kristian Phillips could have continued fielding interest from different schools. The 2022 three-star offensive lineman from Salem High School in Georgia could have waited until the recruiting dead period ended, visited campuses, and, for the first time, been in the same room as coaches pushing to land him. Although his parents wanted him to delay making a decision, Phillips was already sold and committed to Michigan State on Nov. 8, 2020.
Michigan State football will enter the 2022 season with one of the tougher schedules in the country, but what are the toughest games for the Spartans?
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Brian Greene was a lightly recruited player coming out of high school who didn’t get flooded with college offers. Then after working his way up from walk-on to scholarship player at Washington State and establishing himself as a talented and versatile offensive lineman, he entered the portal as a graduate transfer. With interest pouring in from about two dozen colleges, Greene finally experienced the full-court press in the recruiting process this year.
Two more Michigan State Spartans will get an opportunity to compete for an NFL job this fall, as quarterback Anthony Russo and offensive lineman Matt Allen were invited to mini-camps by the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants, respectively.
Michigan State had a solid showing in the 2022 NFL draft with four selections over the weekend. There’s still a year to go until the 2023 NFL draft but here’s an early look at Michigan State’s prospects:
Michigan State All-America running back Kenneth Walker III, the winner of the 2021 Doak Walker Award and the Walter Camp National Player of the Year, was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round (No. 41 overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft on Friday, April 29. Spartan All-Access was with Walker at his home in Tennessee to capture the moment.
MLive reporters Brandon Champion, Kyle Austin, and Matt Wenzel discuss the pros and cons of the landing spots for Michigan State’s four selections at the 2022 NFL Draft. The guys also react to Julius Marble’s transfer to Texas A&M, Joey Hauser’s return, and Jaxon Kohler’s potential to make an immediate impact in East Lansing.
Following the 2022 NFL Draft, former Michigan State Spartans Kevin Jarvis (offensive lineman, Detroit Lions) and Jacub Panasiuk (defensive end, Washington Commanders) signed as undrafted free agents, while kicker Matt Coghlin was invited to rookie minicamp with the Chicago Bears.
Michigan State offensive tackle AJ Arcuri was selected by the defending Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round (No. 261 overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday, April 30.
As the NFL Draft slowly crept its way to a conclusion Saturday, things started heating up for former Michigan State players. A day after running back Kenneth Walker III went in the second round to the Seattle Seahawks, fellow Spartans Jalen Nailor and Connor Heyward both heard their names called late in the sixth round.
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Michigan State football’s one-year hiatus from the NFL draft ended thanks to one-year wonder Kenneth Walker III. The Seattle Seahawks selected the Doak Walker Award-winning running back with the No. 41 overall pick, early in the second round on Friday night in Las Vegas.
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Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of Quavaris Crouch’s commitment to Michigan State football. He was regarded as one of the Spartans’ most prominent acquisitions from the NCAA transfer portal. Crouch, a former four-star recruit who began his career at Tennessee, was viewed as a plug-and-play starter — a promise he fulfilled in his first nine appearances with MSU in 2021. But Crouch’s time in East Lansing appears to be over after he re-entered the portal Friday.
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“I think the odds are less than 5 percent that Kenneth Walker goes in the first round,” said ESPN analyst Todd McShay. “In part because I would say the vast majority of everyone I’ve talked to in the league has (Iowa State’s) Breece Hall as the No. 1 back. I think Kenneth Walker is the best runner in this class.”
There were 259 picks in the 2021 NFL draft and not one was spent on a player from Michigan State. That snapped a streak of 80 straight years in which the Spartans had at least one player taken in the draft, which was the third longest in the nation. The 2022 NFL draft is Thursday through Saturday and Michigan State is looking to begin a new streak
With graduation and injuries decimating the offensive line, and plenty of players set to join the program before the season kicks off in September, Mel Tucker’s chief objective during spring practice had nothing to do with sorting out a depth chart. Instead, he tasked players with taking more ownership of the program.Michigan State still isn’t where it needs to be in that regard, Tucker said. But the Spartans are getting there.
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