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When the coronavirus pandemic canceled his pro day and left him without a gym to train at, former Michigan State football cornerback Josh Butler turned man’s best friend into man’s best workout partner. In an effort to stay in shape for prospective NFL teams ahead of this month’s draft, Butler has been doing daily workouts — sometimes three a day — with his dogs, Roxy and Remi.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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This is the second installment of an occasional series of draft diaries from Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes. Willekes had 49 tackles for loss and 23.5 sacks — including 10 in the 2019 season — over four seasons at Michigan State.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Wil and Matt are joined by Kenny Willekes as he preps for the NFL Draft. They talk bout Michigan State’s road win over No. 7 Michigan in 2017.

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There used to be a phrase that was heard often around the Michigan State football program. “Pound, green, pound.” It described the way the Spartans intended to win games, by running the ball down the throat of their opponent. From George Perles to Mark Dantonio, Michigan State wanted to control the game on the ground, eating up the clock and putting pressure on the opposition.

Source: Detroit News

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A new coaching staff faces the same dilemma Michigan State football’s previous regime struggled with for two years. How can the Spartans begin to run the ball better and produce more points on offense? Mel Tucker brought in Jay Johnson and Chris Kapilovic to try and fix what Mark Dantonio’s staff couldn’t due to extensive injuries up front in consecutive years. It will be the third straight year the Spartans will have a new offensive coordinator and different offensive line coach.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Michigan State’s pro day, which was scheduled for March 19, was supposed to give Spartan football players such as Matt Seyfert, Tyler Higby, and Josh Butler – who did not receive invites to February’s NFL Combine – a chance to make an impression in front of league scouts, either to be drafted or signed as undrafted free agents. But with the cancellation, players have been forced to get creative with A) how to get workouts in with most venues shuttered and B) getting their numbers from various agility drills in front of NFL teams.

Source: Lansing State Journal

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It has now been three weeks since almost all sporting events in the United States have come to a halt, but that hasn’t stopped the Michigan State football program from doing as much as they can to prepare for the upcoming season, assuming it takes place.

Source: The State News

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With a new coaching staff in place, there’s plenty of uncertainty about what Michigan State will look like this season.However, new wide receivers coach Courtney Hawkins is confident Jayden Reed will be a standout in his first season on the field with the Spartans. “I think Jayden is going to be a huge surprise for Spartan nation,” Hawkins said. “The kid can play.”

Source: mlive.com

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Michigan State wide receivers coach Courtney Hawkins answered questions from reporters on a media teleconference on Wednesday afternoon. Hawkins talked about his transition to collegiate coaching, his initial thoughts on the Spartan wide receivers, and how past players welcomed him back to East Lansing.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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Michigan State offensive line coach/run game coordinator Chris Kapilovic answered questions from reporters on a media teleconference on Wednesday afternoon. Kapilovic shared his philosophy on offensive line play, his initial thoughts on the Spartan offensive line, and his relationship with head coach Mel Tucker.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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There isn’t much Courtney Hawkins hadn’t accomplished on the football field. He was an All-Big Ten wide receiver at Michigan State, won a Big Ten championship under coach George Perles and his name still dots the program’s record books. After a nine-year career in the NFL, Hawkins returned to his hometown of Flint and led his alma mater, Beecher High, as its football coach and athletic director for 14 years.

Source: Detroit News

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Cole Chewins’ college football career is over. The offensive lineman has elected to not pursue a sixth year of eligibility and has instead moved forward with his life, an MSU spokesperson said.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

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One of the biggest areas of concern for Michigan State over the last two seasons has been along the offensive line. The Spartans have struggled to block for the run game and have battled their fair share of injury issues along the front lines. Fixing those issues up front and developing more depth will be the primary focus of new offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic.

Source: Saturday Tradition

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Turns out Michigan State football will have an Australian punter on its roster after all. Mitchell Crawford announced via Twitter in early March that he would join the Spartans on scholarship. The former UTEP punter told Rivals.com he would be a graduate transfer with immediate eligibility.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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There is no spring practice taking place at Michigan State, but that doesn’t mean preparations for the 2020 season aren’t already in progress. That includes putting together a roster, which the Spartans released on Tuesday. No, we won’t be seeing this team on the field anytime soon, but as first-year coach Mel Tucker and his staff continue to work remotely, it at least gives some idea of the direction the team is heading in a couple of areas.

Source: Detroit News

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6 days ago

Spartans fans remember Darien Harris as an excellent “star” linebacker and team captain during the height of MSU football. Harris played under Mark Dantonio from 2011 through 2015. Now, to the delight of many, he finds himself employed by the university on Mel Tucker’s staff as director of player engagement.

Source: The Only Colors

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With all of the questions of who will play quarterback and replace departing veterans on defense, Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker has another important hole to fill by fall: punter. Count Jack Bouwmeester out of that mix. The rugby-style Australian is no longer on the Spartans’ roster after one season, a program spokesman confirmed Tuesday

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Eight days after Mark Dantonio announced his retirement, Mel Tucker was named Michigan State’s new head coach. Matt Allen was one of a handful of players seated just a few feet from the stage during Tucker’s introductory press conference at the Breslin Center. That was shortly after Tucker received a standing ovation walking into his first team meeting at the Duffy Daugherty Building.

Source: MLive.com

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