2 weeks ago

Mark Dantonio and his staff struggled mightily to keep players at home. Only three prospects from the 2020 class are from Michigan, and none of them ranked among the state’s top 13 players. Keeping top-level talent within state borders will likely be a high priority MSU as it shifts focus to the 2021 recruiting class. As of now, the Spartans do not have any commitments in the 2021 class, but that could change soon with several in-state offers on the table.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Cody White has decided to forego his final season of college eligibility to enter the NFL Draft. “My time here has been unforgettable,” White wrote on social media on Friday. “I’ve built relationships that will las me a lifetime at Michigan State. I’ve made bonds with my teammates over the past three years that will never be broken.”

Source: Detroit News

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2 weeks ago

“That’s an after the season thing as we go forward, that’s an after the season thing,” he said during a Dec. 8 press conference, the same day the Pinstripe Bowl matchup between Michigan State and Wake Forest was announced. It has now been exactly two weeks since the Spartans beat the Demon Deacons 27-21 in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium in New York. There’s no word from the program about when or if Dantonio will speak with the media anytime soon.

Source: mlive.com

2 weeks ago

Jim Miller remembers the day he decided he was going to play at Michigan State. The former quarterback from Waterford was, of all places, on his official visit to the University of Michigan when he knew he was going to be a Spartan. Miller and his parents entered Bo Schembechler’s office and minutes later, Miller found a phone and called George Perles.

Source: Detroit News

2 weeks ago

George Julius Perles, the polarizing and outspoken former Michigan State University football player, coach, athletic director and Board of Trustees member, died late Tuesday night, the Free Press has learned. He was 85.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 weeks ago

Luke Campbell was active in 10 games this season and the Pinstripe Bowl but announced earlier today that he is now four days into recovery from ACL and Meniscus repair surgery. Campbell, who was one of the best offensive linemen on the team, must have been dealing with this injury for a few weeks, at the minimum.

Source: Spartans Wire

3 weeks ago

Watch highlights from Men’s Basketball’s win over Michigan at home on Sunday, January 5, 2020, relive the Pinstripe Bowl win against Wake Forest, and learn more about Thomas Kithier.

3 weeks ago

When the 2020 season begins at home against Northwestern on Sept. 5, the Spartans will have a much different look on the field in coach Mark Dantonio’s 14th season. They will be younger on defense, with a new quarterback under center and several returning players competing for jobs. And that is without knowing if there will be any new additions from the NCAA transfer portal who could invigorate the quest for playing time.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 weeks ago

Angelo Grose is still more than four months away from his 18th birthday but is about to take a major step in life. On Sunday he’ll make the 230-mile drive from his hometown in Mansfield, Ohio, to East Lansing. On Monday he starts classes at Michigan State and will join the football program as one of the newest additions.

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3 weeks ago

Redshirt freshman linebacker Ed Warinner Jr. is the ninth Spartan to place his name in the portal since the start of the 2019 season. The 6-foot, 229-pound linebacker is the son of Michigan offensive line coach Ed Warinner. The younger Warinner played in seven games, predominantly on special teams, and registered three tackles on kickoffs. The Powell, Ohio, product was listed as the third-string middle linebacker on the depth chart and played in their 27-21 Pinstripe Bowl win over Wake Forest on Friday.

Source: Detroit Free Press

4 weeks ago

Losing Josiah Scott to the NFL draft has its benefits for the talented cornerback and, believe it or not, Michigan State football, too. While it’s going to be nearly impossible to replace his production at cornerback right away, this gives younger guys a chance to take over that No. 1 cornerback spot.

Source: Spartan Avenue

4 weeks ago

Michigan State will have another hole to fill on defense next season. Junior cornerback Josiah Scott announced on Twitter Monday that he intends to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

Source: Detroit News

4 weeks ago

Trenton Gillison scooped the ball off the Yankee Stadium grass, playing the tricky hop as it tried to bounce away from him. It was a moment he always dreamed of, making an impact on a major league field. Only Gillison wasn’t wearing a baseball glove or dealing with a grounder, he was bare-handed snagging a kickoff.

Source: Detroit Free Press

4 weeks ago

BOX SCORE



Foster Loyer steps in for Cassius Winston, sparks Michigan State to 95-62 blowout Detroit Free Press
No Cassius Winston? No problem. With its senior All-American taking a night off with a bone bruise in his left knee, No. 16 Michigan State overwhelmed Western Michigan with backup point guards Foster Loyer and Jack Hoiberg running the show in a 95-62 blowout Sunday at Breslin Center.

No Winston, no problem: Michigan State cruises past Western Michigan, 95-62 Detroit News
Michigan State was without its best player on Sunday night, but it turns out the Spartans didn’t need Cassius Winston to close out nonconference play in proper fashion. With Winston out after suffering a bone bruise to his left knee in practice on Friday, No. 14 Michigan State used a 25-0 run in the first half to grab the momentum before cruising to a 95-62 victory over Western Michigan at the Breslin Center.

Cassius Winston-less Michigan State trounces Western Michigan MLive.com
No Cassius Winston, no problem — at least against Western Michigan. No. 14 Michigan State easily dispatched the Broncos, 95-62, on Sunday night at the Breslin Center in its non-conference finale. The Spartans (10-3, 2-0) will now carry a five-game win streak into the rest of Big Ten play, starting on Thursday at home against Illinois.

Winston-less Spartans blow by WMU in non-conference finale Spartan Tailgate
While it wasn’t the ideal Big Ten tune-up from a conventional standpoint, Michigan State walloping Western Michigan 95-62 Sunday night was valuable in a different sense. The Spartans won’t head into the Jan. 2 game against Illinois with their core pieces revved up and ready to roll, which is what late-December games against Mid-American Conference teams are for. That wasn’t possible, as senior point guard Cassius Winston missed the game with a bone bruise in his knee.



4 weeks ago

Recruiting rankings matter. To believe otherwise is foolish and ignores years of data proving that when it comes to wins and losses in college football, stars matter. Mark Dantonio’s Michigan State program has been one of the few that have flown in the face of that notion; stacking up wins without the backing of a horde of four and five-star recruits.

Source: Spartan Avenue

4 weeks ago

After two straight 7-6 seasons that included woefully inept offenses, the fanbase is starting to waver on whether Dantonio can return the Spartans to the lofty status they held. Dantonio, not surprisingly, is far more optimistic. “I’m always excited about the future, to be honest with you,” Dantonio said after the win over Wake Forest. “I always look forward to the next challenge, next goal in your life, bringing people with you.”

Source: Detroit News

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4 weeks ago

Junior linebacker Antjuan Simmons, who is not going to test the NFL draft process, explained his reasoning and exhibited the directives of a future captain. And he issued his first mission for 2020: to revive the program’s greatness when they get back home. That means getting back in the hunt for a fourth Big Ten title under Dantonio and building championship legacies.

Source: Detroit Free Press

4 weeks ago

Looking back at Michigan State’s 27-21 win in the Pinstripe Bowl over Wake Forest and the 2019 season, while looking ahead to the offseason and 2020.

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BOX SCORE | Post Game Notes | Post Game Quotes



Michigan State tops Wake Forest in Pinstripe Bowl to finish 7-6 Spartan Tailgate
The MSU captains came up with big plays at critical moments down the stretch of Friday’s Pinstripe Bowl against Wake Forest, allowing the Spartans to escape the Bronx as 27-21 winners despite a bevy of significant mistakes.

Brian Lewerke stars as Michigan State holds off Wake Forest, 27-21, in Pinstripe Bowl Detroit Free Press
Michigan State football wanted to send its seniors out a winner. And Brian Lewerke finished his career with some more records. The senior making his 38th and final start became the third MSU quarterback to win two bowl games and the fourth to pass for more than 8,000 yards in his career, as the Spartans hung on to defeat Wake Forest, 27-21, on Friday in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Michigan State tops Wake Forest in Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium MLive.com
Michigan State ended a disappointing season on a high note. The Spartans (7-6, 4-5 Big Ten) topped Wake Forest (8-5, 4-4 ACC) 27-21 in the Pinstripe Bowl on Friday at Yankee Stadium in New York. It was their third straight victory and their first time accomplishing that feat since beating Washington State in the Holiday Bowl to close the 2017 season.

Brian Lewerke goes out a winner, powering Michigan State past Wake Forest Detroit News
For one afternoon, the frustration of a long season disappeared. Overcoming a pair of red-zone turnovers in the second half, Michigan State closed its season with a win over Wake Forest, 27-21, in the 10th playing of the Pinstripe Bowl Friday at Yankee Stadium. It was the sixth bowl victory for coach Mark Dantonio as Michigan State (7-6) avoided a sub-.500 record and provided a bit of momentum heading into next season.

For Michigan State, the bowl win might mean nothing, or it means everything Detroit Free Press Mark Dantonio is right when he says a win in a bowl game carries over, even if it’s nothing more than a feeling. And these days, feelings matter. Confidence does, too. Another bowl loss against a middling team — MSU lost last season in the RedBox Bowl — would’ve hurt.

Brian Lewerke caps Michigan State career with impressive performance as Pinstripe Bowl MVP MLive.com Waiting for his turn to take the stage, Brian Lewerke laid down on the floor and leaned against a wall in the media room at Yankee Stadium in New York. On the ground next to the Michigan State fifth-year senior quarterback was the MVP trophy he earned just minutes earlier for leading Michigan State to a 27-21 win against Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl on Friday.

Michigan State players weighing NFL decisions after Pinstripe Bowl victory: What we know Detroit Free Press
Antjuan Simmons’ mind is made up. Cody White’s isn’t. The two Michigan State football juniors are in different spots in deciding whether they will return in 2020 after the Spartans’ 27-21 win over Wake Forest in Friday’s Pinstripe Bowl.

Michigan State Defeats Wake Forest 27-21 in Pinstripe Bowl MSUSpartans.com
Brian Lewerke threw for 320 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score in Michigan State’s 27-21 victory over Wake Forest on Friday night in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Lewerke threw a 10-yard pass to wide receiver Cody White in the third quarter to put the Spartans (7-6) ahead 27-21 and they survived down the stretch to give Mark Dantonio his sixth bowl victory.

Brian Lewerke got the send-off he deserved Spartan Avenue
Heading into Friday afternoon’s Pinstripe Bowl, Brian Lewerke was just 222 yards shy of becoming Michigan State’s all-time total yardage leader, surpassing Connor Cook. It was fitting because even though he didn’t have much in terms of accomplishments and wins to show for his numbers, he still got the job done. He gave the program everything he had, fought through adversity and became a record holder in the end.

Michigan State ends taxing season with satisfying Pinstripe Bowl win Detroit Free Press
Mark Dantonio entered the news conference room inside Yankee Stadium wearing a hat of a champion. Confetti from a Pinstripe Bowl win lingered. As he spoke to reporters, the door popped open. In came senior quarterback Brian Lewerke, the MVP trophy in his hands, a few more records under his belt.

Brian Lewerke finishes career in lofty spots on MSU’s all-time lists Detroit News
His 366 total yards on Friday — he had 46 rushing yards and a touchdown to go with his passing numbers — moved him past Connor Cook as the all-time leader in total yards at 9,548. Lewerke also finishes his career ranked fourth in touchdown passes (47), fourth in passing yards (8,293), second in completions (721), third in rushing yards for a quarterback (1,255) and third in wins (22-16).

Spartans’ season ends on winning note, but Dantonio’s program faces challenging future Detroit News
It ended the way it needed to for Michigan State. With confetti falling, even after a clumsy win. With players celebrating, even after a disappointing season. And with a head coach talking hopefully about the future, even if others don’t share the same vision.

Mark Dantonio won a bowl game. It’s up to him to make you care Detroit Free Press
It wasn’t long ago that a bowl win left you wanting more. Games. Stories. Another season to begin. If Mark Dantonio built nothing else as the coach of Michigan State’s football program, he built this: Anticipation. After beating Wake Forest, 27-21, in the Pinstripe Bowl on Friday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, that can’t-wait feeling isn’t quite there. It’s been replaced with … curiosity? Weariness?

Michigan State closes disappointing season with Pinstripe Bowl win while looking to future MLive.com
Confetti fell from the night sky and atop Michigan State players standing on a stage at Yankee Stadium in New York. Following the Spartans’ 27-21 victory against Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl on Friday, coach Mark Dantonio was presented with the trophy and asked about the overall experience. “We like to win,” he said to cheers from the crowd.



4 weeks ago

Michigan State signed 19 players in the 2020 class during the Early Signing Period. The Spartans will still have room for potential additions, including verbal commit Jordon Simmons for February’s National Signing Day. But with the 2020 class largely completed, the attention begins to turn toward the class of 2021.

Source: Detroit News

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