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The draft has concluded and the teams are set as the Spartans get ready to kick off the annual spring game at Spartan Stadium this Saturday. And while draft rooms are a place for strategic planning and on the fly decision making, the football program kept the excitement high at the Izzo Family Media Center as early as the first pick. Brian Allen, who was named a first-team Freshman All-American by the FWAA last year at guard and center, was taken first overall by the White team.
The MSU football team got some good news just days before the spring exhibition game.
The town of Cincinnatus, New York is a rural farming town of just over 1,000 people, and it isn't the place that many people get the opportunity to leave from.Bob Knickerbocker was one of the lucky few that did get to leave.Knickerbocker has been the head athletic equipment coordinator since 1983, and has helped oversee some of the uniform changes that MSU athletics have seen in the past few seasons.He will retire following this school year, but it will come after a long and fulfilling ride with MSU."This kind of life has been very exciting for me," he said.
Delton Williams was suspended indefinitely by head coach Mark Dantonio after being charged with flaunting a firearm on campus during a traffic incident on South Shaw Lane and Red Cedar Road on March 16. A month since his not guilty plea in East Lansing's 54-B District Court, the man who accused the running back of pointing a gun at him has asked MSU police to drop the charges on Williams. In a letter obtained by the Detroit Free Press, the man, 23-years-old, did research on Williams' past and discovered the tragedies he experienced during his upbringing in Erie, Pa., which led to speculation as to "why (Williams) would have a weapon." Williams, despite having a permit for the Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol, admitted to police that he raised the gun inside his car.
More than a month has passed since the February 28 incident involving the arrest of MSU wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr.
When asked who has stepped up as a vocal leader with spring practice heading into it's fourth week, head coach Mark Dantonio didn't hesitate to credit Montae Nicholson on defense. It's a role that's to be expected of the safety, despite having being on the MSU campus for less than two years.
Former Super Bowl champion and MSU wide receiver Andre Rison may get the opportunity to capture his son donning the green and white on Saturday's, as Ann Arbor Skyline incomer Hunter Rison picked up an offer from the Spartans on Thursday. Andre Rison played at MSU from 1985-1988 before being drafted in the NFL, he has said in the past that he doesn't want to have an influence on his son picking a school."We've discuss things but I'm not going to push him towards a school," Rison told mLive.com. Rison took a visit to the campus and left with his first offer as a sophomore.
Last week, men's basketball head coach Tom Izzo said he dreams of witnessing his basketball program and Mark Dantonio's football program win a national championship.Based on the end-of-season coaches polls for each sport, it looks like Izzo's dream could happen sooner rather than later. The Spartans finished No.
With the NFL Draft beginning at the end of the month, the final push for prospects hoping to get drafted is fast approaching.
Let’s take a few moments to recognize this arguably could be the best time ever to be a student at MSU.
As the MSU football program heads into its second official week of spring practice, plenty of buoyancy and confidence rides behind an upcoming season filled with inflated expectations and uncertainty leave the team asking themselves a few questions before the spring game at Spartan Stadium on April 25. Coming off of a miraculous Cotton Bowl victory over Baylor last season and winning their first Rose Bowl title in over 20 years back in 2014, the Spartans come into spring with a loaded senior class, led by quarterback Connor Cook, defensive end Shilique Calhoun and center Jack Allen. A combined 15-1 Big Ten record in the past two seasons, with the one loss coming from the hands of eventual NCAA national champion Ohio State, MSU remains as one of the elites in the conference, but that could change if the recent issues with police, the absence of NFL draft hopefuls and the uprising of certain programs in the conference continue to be a problem once the season gets underway. With that being said, here are five things to look out for this spring for the Spartans: Replacing Pat Narduzzi From 2011-2014, Pat Narduzzi was responsible for MSU becoming the only team to rank in the FBS Top 10 in total defense and rushing defense.
Maybe it was the familiarity of the location that gave former MSU linebacker, Taiwan Jones, the much needed edge to improve his results from February's NFL draft combine. Or maybe it was the low top gold plated cleats.
As a head coach, Mark Dantonio isn't afraid to give praise to players or teams when credit is due.
When you think of some of the biggest named players to come out of Michigan State as of late you think of running back Le'Veon Bell, quarterback Kirk Cousins, cornerback Darqueze Dennard and cornerback Trae Waynes.These guys have more in common than their former team, they all happen to be lower-end mostly two-star recruits.Bell was a two-star according to Rivals, Dennard was a two-star, Waynes was a two-star and Cousins was a three-star according to Rivals but he was considered a two-star on some platforms during his process.Bell, a second round pick in 2013, is coming off of a monster season in Pittsburgh in which he ran for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns all while making 83 receptions for 854 yards and another three touchdowns.
When Mateen Cleaves and Tom Izzo were cutting down the nets after MSU basketball's last national championship in 2000 they were doing it in Reebok apparel. Times have changed for MSU athletics, as they now wear the Nike swoosh on their uniforms.
When a quality college resume still wasn't enough to receive an invite to February's NFL combine in Indianapolis, that gave former MSU standout, Marcus Rush, a much needed edge during this past Wednesday's pro day. When he was forced to sit at home while his teammates strived to improved their draft stock inside Lucas Oil Stadium, that gave Rush a reason for NFL personnel to rethink their decision of leaving out the defensive end. Backing up why he started a program-record 53 games in his four years at East Lansing, Rush finished with a 4.68 40-yard dash, 24 bench reps and a 34-inch vertical leap. "It just gave me a chip on my shoulder," Rush said at the Duffy Daughtery Facility.
All was mute on the practice field inside the MSU football facility on Wednesday afternoon following the Spartans Pro Day for the NFL hopefuls, in regards to the recent arrest of Delton Williams. Williams, the sophomore running back, was arrested and charged earlier on Monday night of brandishing a firearm after an alleged road rage incident on Shaw Lane and Red Cedar Road.
By Matthew Argillandermargillander@statenews.comThose expecting developments in the case of junior wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr will have to wait for a bit as his pretrial was adjourned and will be rescheduled in a few weeks for a date to be determined.The defense attorney representing Kings will be James T.
With the NFL draft fast approaching it is time for Spartans who are looking to go pro to show their ability.