Football freep.com —  As Brian Hoyer settles into his battle with Ryan Mallett for the Houston Texans' starting quarterback job — a Michigan State-Michigan showdown, though Mallett spent most of his career at Arkansas — he has some familiar targets around to help. Keshawn Martin was a freshman at MSU when Hoyer was a senior in 2008. And though Hoyer and Keith Mumphery didn't cross paths in East Lansing — Mumphery arrived in 2010 — Hoyer told reporters that he was impressed by Mumphery in OTAs this week.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  Mark Dantonio continues to earn high praise nationally, again being ranked as one of the top college football coaches. About a week after being ranked No. 3 by the Sporting News, Dantonio again was slotted No. 3 by Fox Sports. SEC pundit Clay Travis, author of the blog Outkick The Coverage, ranked Dantonio behind Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Alabama's Nick Saban -- the same order the Sporting News ranked the trio.
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Football freep.com —  Four Pittsburgh Steelers running backs have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And then there is Le'Veon Bell. One of those Hall of Famers thinks that the Michigan State alumnus could be the best of them all. "I think if he continues on his course, I think he can be one of the best that ever put on a uniform — not just a Steelers uniform, one of the best running backs ever," said Jerome Bettis, the most recent Steelers back voted into the Hall of Fame, into which he will be inducted Aug. 8.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State football fans will have some rare insight into several of the Spartans' former players via the Houston Texans having been selected for HBO's 'Hard Knocks" series. Michigan State has more of its former players on Houston's roster than any other NFL team, with quarterback Brian Hoyer, linebacker Max Bullough, receivers Keshawn Martin and Keith Mumphery and safety Kurtis Drummond. Discuss »
Football detroitnews.com —  Every day, at lunchtime, Kenney Lyke walks down to defensive coordinator Dan Davis' office at William Fremd High in Palatine, Illinois. Of all the choices a high school junior could make at that time of day, Lyke's decision underscores the intangibles he has, in addition to his obvious physical ability.
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Football mlive.com —  Former Michigan State receiver Bennie Fowler made a quick impression on new Denver coach Gary Kubiak at the Broncos' first day of OTAs on Wednesday. "Bennie Fowler had a good practice today, that's really important,'' Kubiak said during a videotaped interview on the team's website, denverbroncos.com.
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Football shanahan.report —  Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp enjoyed an edge spotting hidden Michigan State talent simply as an alum, but that is being chipped away with Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl victories and Top 10 attention. Discuss »
Football freep.com —  Michigan State recently extended a scholarship offer to Rockford's Quinn Nordin. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Nordin is rated the No. 1 kicker in the nation according to Kornblue Kicking, a nationally acclaimed training camp for kickers, punters and long snappers.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's football team is an early favorite over Oregon and Michigan, but the Spartans are underdogs in their Nov. 21 game at Ohio State, according to early odds posted by 5Dimes online wagering site.
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Football freep.com —  Even nfl.com is getting into this week's 100-day countdown to the college football season — as part of its "Path to the Draft" coverage. The website compiled its top 100 games of the 2015 college football season, and Michigan State has two in the top four and five games ranked overall.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State football's APR continues to trend upward and set new program records. The program recorded an APR score of 973 for the three-year period ending in the 2013-14 school year, according to data released by the NCAA on Wednesday. That's up 11 points from last year and marks fourth straight increase after the program recorded a 938 in 2009-10.
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Football spartanavenue.com —  With many members of the 2016 Michigan State recruiting class active on social media, it’s easy for fans to focus on a few such stars as Messiah deWeaver, Cam Chambers and Abdul Adams, and overlook the many other talented players. One of the most talented players of the class, and coincidentally one of the quieter ones on social media, is Justin Layne, wide out from Cleveland, Ohio.
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Football spartanavenue.com —  Most of the news this time of year is centered on recruiting and the Spartans are experiencing unprecedented success on that front. Let’s take a look, however, at the prospect of Michigan State being one of the four participants in the College Football Playoff. If the Spartans do make it into the CFP, here are the five reasons why.
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Football espn.go.com —  As a reminder, indispensable doesn’t necessarily mean best. The goal is to identify players who would be hardest to replace between now and the start of the season if they suffered an injury, were lost to suspension, entered the 2016 presidential race, etc. Whether it’s from a particular player’s individual value or lack of depth at a position, we’re picking two guys from each team that fit the bill -- usually offense and defense, but not always.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State might not be driving the college football offseason hype machine like other Big Ten schools, but the Spartans have plenty of story lines heading into the upcoming season. Here's a list of 10 things Michigan State football fans can look forward to in 2015
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has been a consensus preseason top 10 pick in the early-bird polls, most recently No. 7 in the Athlon Sports annual. But the only exclusive mention the Spartans received on the list compiled of ESPN staff members among the top 100 was their Sept. 12 date with Oregon, when Michigan State looks to avenge the 46-27 defeat it suffered in Eugene last season.
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Football nfl.com —  Nike threw back to the days of ancient warfare by incorporating a great bronze look with the normal Michigan State logo for this fantastic helmet that, to quote PR materials, was inspired by shields and the phalanx battle formation. Discuss »
Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  Former Michigan State linebacker Denicos Allen will head north to play in Canada this season. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced the signing of the 5-foot-11, 220-pound Allen on the team website last week.
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Football spartanavenue.com —  When it comes to top college football destinations in the nation, Michigan State is up there in terms of luring top recruits. The No. 1 player in the nation for 2016, 5-star DT Rashan Gary, is expected to make the trip to East Lansing sometime in June, according to 247Sports.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State lines up seventh in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten East Division, according to the Athlon Sports preseason football magazine. The magazine notes the Spartans' strength and experience at quarterback and on both the offensive and defensive lines.
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