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Northwestern has now become the sixth B1G program to halt football workouts since student-athletes have been permitted to return to campus. The school’s athletic department sent out a statement on Monday. Michigan State was previously scheduled to open the season against Northwestern.

Source: Saturday Tradition

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The Spartans special teams was not all that special last year, as they finished the year 101st in the SP+ rankings. There were a variety of reasons for the low ranking, but overall as a unit, they just weren’t very good.

Source: The Only Colors

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Phil Steele’s 2020 College Football Preview was a little delayed this year and just released last week but he has a similar outlook for the Spartans, picking them to finish sixth in the Big Ten East, ahead of only Rutgers in the division. He projected Ohio State to win the division, followed by Penn State, Michigan, Indiana, and Maryland.

Source: mlive.com

1 week ago

There are a number of former Michigan State Spartans on NFL rosters as things get going; some undrafted rookies looking to make a roster and some established, and high-paid, veterans.

Source: Spartans Wire

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It was a scene from another time, when optimism was in the air and a new beginning was on the horizon. Mel Tucker stood behind a lectern on that February evening, beaming a smile and telling a rapt audience of Michigan State dignitaries his plans for the football program he just inherited. Fresh off the plane from Colorado after a whirlwind hiring process, Tucker promised his new regime would immediately come alive. “We want to hit the ground running,” he said. “Time is of the essence. We’ll be sleeping fast and getting after it.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

1 week ago

Based on early results from COVID-19 testing conducted over the last week on football staff and student-athletes, which included a second staff member and one student-athlete testing positive on Thursday, all members of the football team will quarantine or isolate while awaiting completion of a 14-day quarantine

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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We’ve already seen the Big Ten Conference eliminate nonconference games from the 2020 schedule due to COVID-19. It’s certainly possibly — likely, even — that more changes are coming. But one Michigan State football player went on social media Friday to ask why the NCAA and the Big Ten are dragging out decisions regarding the upcoming season.

Source: Lansing State Journal

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Michigan State redshirt sophomore running back Elijah Collins has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced on Friday.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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Connor Heyward has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, the Louisville Sports Commission announced on Thursday. Heyward, who only played in four games in 2019 to preserve his redshirt season, was a finalist for the Hornung Award as a sophomore in 2018. The Paul Hornung Award is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) to the most versatile player in major college football.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

2 weeks ago

Michigan State football has paused workouts because of a positive COVID-19 test, the athletic department announced Wednesday. After student-athlete testing was completed Wednesday afternoon, the department became aware of a staff member who produced a positive result during weekend testing

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Mel Tucker has made an interesting addition to the roster in former Division II defensive back Justin White who played his freshman season at Colorado Mesa. He led all of Division II in kickoff return average and this may be just what the doctor ordered on special teams.

Source: Spartan Avenue

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Michigan State offered a scholarship to Venice (Fla.) cornerback prospect Steffan Johnson earlier this month, and multiple connections to the program might help the Spartans’ attempt to turn him from a prior verbal commitment to Rutgers. Johnson gave the Scarlet Knights his pledge in May, but Michigan State holds a commitment from his teammate Charles Brantley, and Johnson has two family members who played football at MSU.

Source: Detroit News

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Growing up in Bath, a small town outside of Lansing, Dan Bass dreamed of playing at Michigan State. Bass went on to start all 44 games for the Spartans and led the team in tackles all four seasons. More than four decades later, he still owns the program record for career total tackles with 541. All-American linebacker Percy Snow came the closest to challenging that mark by racking up 473 tackles from 1986-89. All-American Greg Jones, the only other Spartan to lead the team in tackles all four seasons, is third on the list with 465 from 2007-10.

Source: mlive.com

2 weeks ago

Mel Tucker and his staff are at least getting a few hours a week with their team, hours the first-year coach and his assistants missed out on when spring practice as wiped out because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And if camp commences in roughly two weeks, the real work will begin.

Source: Detroit News

2 weeks ago

In his 38th and final start for Michigan State, Brian Lewerke turned in one of the best performances of his career. He threw for 320 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 54 yards and a score while being named the Pinstripe Bowl MVP in a win against Wake Forest in New York to close last season. With that performance, Lewerke set a program record for career yards of total offense with 9,548, passing former standout quarterback Connor Cook. He also finished just two completions shy of Kirk Cousins’ program record with 723 career completions.

Source: mlive.com

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2 weeks ago

Before seeing his players practice, Mel Tucker watched spring workouts get canceled. Before coaching a game, the new Michigan State football coach lost a portion of his salary in a pay cut. And before his first season can begin, Tucker needs to find out a lot about his team in a hurry, before the unknown encroaches any further following an unprecedented offseason.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

We continue our positional breakdown series with a look at the Spartan linebacking corps. This is a position group that tends to be pretty strong historically for MSU under Mark Dantonio, and that should carry over to the start of the Mel Tucker era as well. While the defensive line is probably the deepest group on the defensive side of the ball, the linebackers possess the best overall playmaker.

Source: The Only Colors

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Michigan State redshirt sophomore running back Elijah Collins has been named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on Wednesday. The Forum annually presents the award to the nation’s top college running back. After preserving his redshirt year in 2018 by appearing in just three games, Collins had a breakthrough season as a redshirt freshman for the Spartans in 2019, leading the team and ranking fourth in the Big Ten with 988 rushing yards (76.0 avg.).

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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