Football freep.com —  This joins cornerback and receiver as one of the Spartans' three biggest positional questions. The good news for MSU is that there's talent on the roster, and Langford's emergence shows that unproven players can flourish quickly at this position if they can play. Gerald Holmes and Madre London ended spring in a virtual deadlock.
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Football mlive.com —  There might not have been a more confident player on the Michigan State football team at the end of spring drills than Malik McDowell, and defensive line coach Ron Burton is just fine with that. "It's now time for him to go out and dominate, and we're super excited about the opportunity he'll have this fall,'' Burton said. "We expect him to dominate.''
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Football freep.com —  MSU only has one player of their 20 commitments rated a two-star recruit and that is Berea (Ohio) linebacker Joe Bachie. That ranking may not last long based on what Rivals analyst Josh Helmholdt saw from the future Spartan at Michigan State's Elite Player Camp.
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Football freep.com —  If Cook plays like he did last season and everything else goes as expected for MSU without key injuries, the Spartans will have a good or better chance to win 11 of 12 games in the regular season. But if they want to win the Big Ten and get into the second College Football Playoff, he'll have to be at another level for MSU's Nov. 21 game at Ohio State.
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Football spartanavenue.com —  Michigan State coach Ken Mannie has played an integral part in the success of Spartans’ football program. Mannie has been apart of the Spartan program for 21 years from Nick Saban to Mark Dantonio. Mannie’s ability to retain his job despite the once caravan of coaches rolling through MSU proves his worth. He is one of the most heralded strength and conditioning coaches in the game and today happens to be his birthday.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  No quarterbacks on the roster (including walk-ons) left after last season. The early retirement and transfer of Joe Boisture due to back issues created the two-year gap between Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook; that gap created problems in 2012 and early 2013 but is paying some dividends now. The willingness of Damion Terry and Tyler O'Connor to wait in the wings has been helpful in terms of depth.
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Football isportsweb.com —  Delton Williams has had recent off-the-field issues that have opened up a battle for a starting position behind Trevon Pendleton. Though recently Williams made it appear that he may eventually return, he will probably end up being suspended for at least the first few games. With that, redshirt sophomore Gerald Holmes, redshirt freshman Madre London, and incoming true freshman L.J. Scott will all be looking to make their case as the season draws nearer.
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Football foxsports.com —  How good will Michigan State be this fall? Only time will tell, but the Spartans have the attention of oddsmakers in Las Vegas. Per RJ Bell at Pregame.com, Michigan State is one of seven teams who are underdogs only once this fall.
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Football mlive.com —  Corley said that the Spartans have peaked his interest in many ways and that he has been recruited to play on both sides of the line of scrimmage. "Michigan State, they'll let me play both ways if I go there," Corley said. "I have a great time (visiting) there. I've got a lot of friends that are on the football team when I go there. It'd be sweet."
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Football mlive.com —  Metrics only go so far on the field, but such measurables as number of starters returning and returning yardage and tackles can get plenty of mileage at the office water cooler when talk turns to college football. Michigan State, coming off its first back-to-back top-five finishes since 1966-1967, is the most experienced team in the Big Ten heading into the 2015 season, according to a formula used in Phil Steele's preseason magazine.
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Football freep.com —  Khari Willis' career at Jackson Lumen Christi included 4.432 rushing yards – 2,800 of them as a senior in 2014 – and running back is where some of his college suitors projected him. But Willis had his heart set on Michigan State, and defense. He starts conditioning with the other MSU freshmen on July 6, but he has already been watching film and preparing to be the kind of player Mark Dantonio compared him with on signing day – former MSU safety and thumper Isaiah Lewis.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Former Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes is quickly learning why jumping from college to the NFL is tougher at his position than some others.
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Football mlive.com —  "I've been driving myself to be great, especially with not being drafted,'' Jones said on Thursday's 'Griff and Grinz Show' on Lansing's 92.1 FM. "It's basically learning they system fast, being a smart football player, and then allowing my talent and ability to take over."
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Football freep.com —  The depth chart says redshirt and so does Grayson Miller's head, but the Michigan State recruit can be forgiven for pining for something else. Four plays of football as a high school senior will do that to you. That's all Miller got in at Georgetown (Ky.) Scott in the fall before planting on a block as a wide receiver and suffering a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula when a linebacker landed on him.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State 2017 commit Hunter Rison took note of it when Rivals.com increased his rating from three stars to four stars — for about one minute. "I told my dad (Andre Rison) and he said, 'Congratulations, you've been putting in a lot of work and you deserve it, but you can't get complacent,' '' Hunter Rison said on 'The Griff and Grinz Show' on Lansing's 92.1 FM, The Team.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State is a two-touchdown underdog at Ohio State on Nov. 21, according to the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. The sports book will take $1,000 limit bets on the "games of the year" it released lines for on Friday, according to ESPN. The Golden Nugget released the line on five of the Spartans' 12 games.
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Football mlive.com —  Davis said he sensed Michigan State was the right place for him when he attended the Green-White game on April 25. "I knew a lot of the guys that were committed already, and I talked to Messiah (deWeaver) that day and a lot of other recruits to get a feel, and I talked to coach Bollman more,'' Davis said. "I got a feel for the place. I hadn't been able to get up to a game, and I wanted to get a feel for the atmosphere, and I really liked it.''
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Football freep.com —  Reggie McKenzie and Jerome Bettis did it for him, and now Will Gholston intends to do the same thing for others in the same place. His first youth camp, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Detroit Mumford High, will give 200 kids 8-15 a free chance to learn football techniques from various counselors — including fellow Michigan State products Denicos Allen, Mylan Hicks, Tony Lippett and Micajah Reynolds. But it means much more to Gholston, a Detroit Southeastern graduate and third-year Tampa Bay Bucs defensive end.
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Football detroitnews.com —  "Matt has shown that he is one of, if not the best, guys in the class," said Brandon Kornblue of Kornblue Kicking. "This summer on the camp circuit, he has really been stepping it up. At the Purdue camp a few weeks ago, he demolished everybody else. He stood out in front of 80, 90 or so specialists, and he did the same thing the other day at Penn State in front of 90 guys, as well."
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