Football theonlycolors.com —  Last season, Josiah Price, Andrew Gleichert, and Jamal Lyles -- the three players that made up the main corps of MSU's tight end unit -- were used sparingly in the passing game as they caught 28 passes combined last season, 11.3% of all balls caught by MSU offensive players last season. However, many of those receptions came at critical times
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Football mlive.com —  Hours after reports surfaced that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, the two-time Big Ten MVP, could be out for the season with an injury, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit was crowning the Spartans the conference’s new preseason favorites. “I think it goes all of a sudden from Ohio State, overnight now I think Michigan State now is the team to beat in the Big Ten,” Herbstreit said Tuesday afternoon on a teleconference with reporters.
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Football mlive.com —  Montae Nicholson wasn't sure what to do when told that Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said he might be the "most physical DB" on the Spartans' football team. So he threw his head back and laughed. "I don't know how to respond to that,'' said Nicholson, a true freshman from Monroeville, Pennsylvania. "Coach Narduzzi is always fired up.''
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Football espn.go.com —  When Michigan State Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis first told football coach Mark Dantonio about his plan to schedule a home-and-home series with the Oregon Ducks, Dantonio did not wrestle his boss to the ground, scream obscenities or start updating his résumé. As Hollis recalls, Dantonio simply smirked, shrugged his shoulders and said, "Why not?"
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Football db.lsj.com —  Former Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer struggled in his latest audition to reclaim the starting quarterback job for the Cleveland Browns. Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, his main competition, also struggled, making the quarterback situation still unsettled for the Browns. Hoyer has completed just 8 of 20 passes for 108 yards for Cleveland in its two preseason losses. He was 2 of 6 passing for 16 yards Monday night against Washington.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State middle linebacker Jon Reschke didn’t hesitate when asked to evaluate his performance in the Spartans’ Friday scrimmage. “I think I did great, I had a very comfortable scrimmage,” said Reschke, who recorded five tackles, including one for a loss. “I was running the show, almost.”
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Football freep.com —  What I think people are forgetting is that Dantonio has already spent an offseason talking about “handling expectations” after a huge season, then watching his team do just that. In 2011, coming off MSU’s first Big Ten title in 20 years, the Spartans were ranked No. 17 to start the season — their highest preseason ranking since 1988, by the way — and they ended up No. 11 (and No. 10 in the coaches poll). It’s already been done. It’s already been answered, by the same people who are in charge now.
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Football mlive.com —  Former Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer was his own worst critic following Cleveland's 24-23 loss to the Washington Redskins on Monday night. "It probably couldn't have been any worse,'' Hoyer said in the post game press conference aired on ESPN following his 2-of-6, 16-yard passing performance. "It's disappointing, it's embarrassing. We started off poorly and it never changed after that."
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Football spreaker.com —  Jack talks with Michigan State middle linebacker, outside linebacker, would-be running back and kick returner, Darien Harris.


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Football freep.com —  “Narduzzi’s always fired up, man, he’s always fired up, never a dull day with him,” Calhoun said. “But he definitely came in with a different approach, and he told us: ‘Hey, you know what, they won the first one, but what are you gonna do now?’ ”
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Football freep.com —  Taiwan Jones received an endorsement to start at middle linebacker at Michigan State — from his main competition. “He’s the best, I think, in my opinion,” redshirt freshman linebacker Jon Reschke said of Jones. Better than you? “Well of course, he’s a great football player, obviously,” Reschke said of the senior. “But we play differently. He’s a big, powerful guy. He runs through guys. I’m quick downhill, I make quick reads and get downhill real fast. And it’s a new position for him.”
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Football isportsweb.com —  Harris has emerged as not only a candidate to start this year, but as possibly the leader of the linebackers, despite not knowing if he would even be a starter. He has relished the opportunity to seize a leading role in this year’s camp.
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Football detroitnews.com —  For the bulk of his first four years at Michigan State, Mylan Hicks was a guy that wasn't getting noticed. Unless, of course, that is for being injured and never really living up to the promise he had when he arrived on campus as a highly recruited defensive back from Detroit Renaissance in the fall of 2010.
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