Football lansingstatejournal.com —  There is nobody else on earth who can relate to what Tyler O’Connor is about to experience better than Andrew Maxwell. Nor is there anybody who would like to spare O’Connor the full brunt of that experience more.
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Football detroitnews.com —  There’s one simple ethos Terrence Samuel uses when determining which players in his room will see the field. “Are they better than what you have?” said Samuel, the Michigan State wide receivers coach. Simple as that, nothing more.
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Football freep.com —  Michael Geiger as a junior was nowhere near the freshman who helped kick Michigan State to a Rose Bowl win in 2013. Geiger missed eight field-goal tries as a sophomore, then sat out spring practice and all of the summer of 2015 before starting to kick again in preseason camp. He made just 12 of 19 a year ago and missed a pair of extra-point attempts.
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Football freep.com —  It wasn’t a surprise that Riley Bullough’s teammates named him one of Michigan State’s three captains. It’s almost a birthright in his family. In some ways, Tyler O’Connor’s captaincy wasn’t, either, after being named starting quarterback. And especially after it became a defining concern for Connor Cook’s pro future. Demetrious Cox might have been the surprise addition, but it makes sense. The fifth-year veteran enters his senior season not only as a captain but finally solidified as a starter at safety, his true position.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  David Beedle has some mighty big shoes to fill for the Michigan State Spartans, as he's the player penciled in to replace eighth overall pick Jack Conklin at left tackle.
It's been an eventful first few years on campus for Beedle, who came to Michigan State as a defensive tackle in 2014 but made the transition to offense that spring. Then as a redshirt freshman last season, Beedle played more than anyone likely expected because of a myriad of injuries up front.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News breaks down five freshmen who could make a difference for the Spartans this season.
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Football mlive.com —  When a quarterback playing against Michigan State steps to the line of scrimmage this season, this is what he will see: The men standing up in front of him will be screaming and yelling, acting like "madmen" in the words of one of their coaches.
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  MSU’s pass catchers are a mix of veterans — both proven and unproven — and young talents, one of whom’s debut is as anticipated as any receiver since Charles Rogers 15 years ago. MSU is replacing two of its three primary targets from last season, including Aaron Burbridge, who caught a school-record 85 passes in 2015.
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  MSU enters the season with the same trio as it did a year ago — LJ Scott, Madre London and Gerald Holmes. All three last season carried more than 100 times for at least 500 yards, but all of them less than 150 times for fewer than 700 yards. Each at one point was used as the featured back. The question is whether that plurality continues or one or two of them emerge. Scott and London are only sophomores. Holmes is a junior. So this has a chance to be MSU’s group for the next two seasons, if everyone sticks around.
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Football freep.com —  Tyler O’Connor might have won the starting quarterback job three years ago as a redshirt freshman, if not for one poor decision — an ill-advised pre-snap audible — near the goal line in September of 2013. He stuck around and begins his final season as MSU’s starter.
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Football impact89fm.org —  There is no question that the Spartans must run the ball well to find themselves on top of the Big Ten for the second straight year. They have three of the most talented veteran backs in the nation, but a first-year starting quarterback with largely inexperienced wideouts. Luckily for the Spartans, there is not a team in the nation they will not be able to run the ball over if the big men up front play their parts.
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Football spartanavenue.com —  It wasn’t a shock to anyone last week when Mark Dantonio named Tyler O’Connor the starting quarterback for Michigan State Football. Sure, right when the 2015 season concluded with the Cotton Bowl defeat, everyone had their own opinion on who would, should and could be the starter in place of Connor Cook but after a strong spring game and summer, it was obvious who the No. 1 guy should be.
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Football impact89fm.org —  Mark Dantonio loves using multiple tight ends, and if there was ever a year to do just that, this would be it. On a youth-ridden team with little experience, feast your eyes on Josiah Price and Jamal Lyles. Price and Lyles are outliers in East Lansing entering their fifth years in Spartan uniforms.
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Football mlive.com —  If Michigan State proved anything in 2015, it's the importance of special teams in big games. It won its two biggest regular season games on special teams plays: its touchdown off a muffed punt to beat Michigan, then a game-winning field goal against Ohio State. It wasn't a banner year overall for Michigan State specialists, and they'll look for more consistency overall in 2016. But no one can argue with the recent results in big games.
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Football freep.com —  The news felt crushing. Ed Davis, projected to be an All-American, would miss the season with a torn knee ligament. Michigan State’s quest to get to the College Football Playoff appeared to be over just days into last August’s preseason camp. Jon Reschke swooped in and took over the starting job. Chris Frey zipped in and out. Riley Bullough anchored the middle of the defense and helped make Davis’ injury a forgotten side note en route to the Spartans winning a Big Ten championship. They’re all back this year. And they’re hoping Davis joins them soon.
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Football freep.com —  When your friends say you should smile more in news conferences, it usually means two things: 1) You should smile more in news conferences, and 2) There’s a side of you they see that others do not. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio hears that advice. Smile more. Loosen up. Don’t let things bother you. But he shrugs and says, “I am what I am.”
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Football detroitnews.com —  Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News analyzes five key points for Michigan State’s defense this season.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News analyzes five key points for Michigan State’s offense this season.
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  Malik McDowell wasn’t actually talking to reporters or NFL teams when he declared earlier this month that he wouldn’t leave Michigan State early for the NFL unless he’s projected as a top-three draft pick. McDowell doesn’t seem like one to pander for effect. And, I’m told, he doesn’t read headlines. Or pay any attention to what’s written about him. So this column will stay between us. He was talking to only one person on Aug. 8 — himself.
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