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The men's football team is coming off another Top-5 finish and the players that find themselves in the position to take the next step seem to be putting the school even further on the map.The Big Ten often gets a rep for having slower big body type athletes but there are several former Spartans setting the trails on fire at the NFL combine.Cornerback Trae Waynes is looking to be the second consecutive MSU corner taken in the first round of the NFL draft in as many years, as many know former Spartan Darqueze Dennard was the 24th overall pick.
Dear Spartan Nation:As I leave Michigan State to pursue my childhood dream of playing in the National Football League, I thank all of you who made my East Lansing experience so incredible.
An instate rivalry that has been historically commanded by MSU saw a different chance in scenery on Thursday night when a prolonged streak was shattered. Michigan, who haven't swept the Spartans in the regular-season since the 1999-00 season, squandered the historic run thanks in part to four of their starters finishing in the double-digit mark in scoring, silencing MSU on the road, 72-59.Despite being loaded with two of the top five leading scorers in the Big Ten in Aerial Powers (No. 2) and Tori Jankoska (No. 5), the duo was held to a combined 31-points, 25 of those recorded by Powers. Jankoska, who is the reigning Big Ten player of the week after scoring a career-high 28-points last week against Indiana, shot a mere 2-of-8 from the floor, failing to sink her first field-goal until the 10-minute mark in the second half. Coming into their 11th conference game of the season, Michigan's last win outside of Ann Arbor was back in January, 17 against Northwestern. On Thursday, a 20-2 run in the first half was enough to hold MSU's comeback late in the second, led by Powers. The Detroit native, who played the entirely of the game due to a lack of numbers on the bench for head coach Suzy Merchant, was able to keep the motor running, cutting the deficit to as low as nine with more than four minutes remaining. Anna Morrissey, the 5-foot-10 senior guard, followed suit by pulling up for a wide opened three-pointer to decrease the Wolverines' lead to six two minutes later, her only bucket of the evening. Powers also led the Spartans in rebounds (15) and finishing second behind Jankoska in assists (four). Katelynn Flaherty and Cyesha Goree were the leading scorers for the Wolverines, finishing with 19 and 17-points each. Goree also led the maize-and-blue with 10-rebounds. MSU's Becca Mills contributed 10-points, seven of which came in the first half. The frustrating loss at the Breslin Center for the Spartans ends their two-game home win streak, which began with a victory over Wisconsin on the 25th of January. They'll have a couple days off before hitting the road to face Minnesota, who have lost just twice this season in front of the home crowd.
National Signing Day has passed and the Spartans may have secured one of their most talented classes rankings wise in recent memory. The fact the Jimmy Clausen was a five-star recruit and largely considered the No.
On a day that brings a plethora of strain and tension, Mark Dantonio woke up this morning feeling stress free. With an overcast hanging above his head and plenty of slush accumulating on his feet, the MSU head coach took the time to go for a run. "I wasn't worried about anything," Dantonio said Wednesday afternoon at the signing day press conference at Spartan Stadium.
The 2015 recruiting class is now completed on Wednesday as Taylorsville (UT) defensive end Mufi Hunt has committed to MSU on National Signing Day. The decision was made at his high school in front of a packed audience with his entire family.
Corona De Sol (AZ) outside linebacker Cassius Peat, who committed to UCLA back in October, has flipped his decision and has signed his letter of intent with MSU on National Signing Day. First reported by Jason Jewell of Scout.com on Wednesday, Peat remained opened to other programs despite committing to UCLA. The Spartans were one of three schools that Peat was considering, along with Arizona State and the Bruins. Ranked as the No.
Khalid Kareem, the local product from Farmington Hills Harrison, is the latest 2016 recruit who's taking his talents to Michigan State for his college career, as he committed to the program during Sunday's MSU and Michigan basketball game in East Lansing. Rated at No.
This Sunday families around America will gather around their television sets, stock up on hot dogs and chips, and recline in their couches.
By the time the Super Bowl arrives on Sunday, as the Seattle Seahawks will make their second straight appearance against the New England Patriots, it'll mark the first time in five-years that a former MSU Spartan wasn't on an active roster. Kellen Davis, who is currently signed with the Detroit Lions, grabbed his first championship ring last season with the Seahawks following their trouncing of the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. The Adrian, Michigan native earned All Big-Ten honorable mention honors during his senior year with MSU, before being drafted in the fifth round by the Chicago Bears. Kevin Vickerson, who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs at the beginning of the season, was placed on injured reserve more than a month before the big game during his tenure with the Broncos back in 2013. The 6-foot-5, 328-pounder was drafted out of MSU by the Tennessee Titans back in 2005, after spending his high school career with Detroit King.
The Spartans made several splashes on the recruiting trail in the last day or so. With National Signing Day fast approaching next Wednesday Feb.
This past fall brought a different experience for Chris Wesolowski. As a freshman, from strapping on the helmet and shoulder pads at Cardinal Mooney Catholic every Friday night under the lights, to standing on the medal bleachers at Spartan Stadium on the weekends brought a sense of frustration and curiosity. Faced with the reality that he was too small or not nice enough to play Division 1 football at MSU, Wesolowski wanted a way to continue playing the sport he loved without going through the roadblocks of what it takes to play in the Big Ten. So when the idea of joining a club team with other students who had the same passion for the sport as him came along, Wesolowski was excited. Excited in the fact that his career wasn't over last year. However, the university at the time didn't carry a club football program, giving Wesolowksi the vision of starting up a team next fall, paving the way of other students who are hoping to make one more tackle or one more touchdown. How did this dream come to a reality?
Trae Waynes, the former MSU standout, will get another opportunity to further showcase his skills as a defensive back before the NFL Draft in the 2015 Quicken Loans All-Star Football Challenge. Scheduled to participate in the Hands Competition, Waynes is set to take on Landon Collins (Alabama) and Quinten Rollins (Miami OH.) on Friday, Jan.
Pat Narduzzi's success as a defensive coordinator for the Michigan State Spartans was so renowned that his head coaching search didn't stop at just Colorado State and Pittsburgh.
With one home-and-home series that'll come to a close next season, another one will open up in 2016. The Spartans, who will host the national championship runner-ups, Oregon in East Lansing for the second week of the season in 2015, is set to bring in BYU as their third non-conference opponent on the 2016 schedule on October 8.
The opportunity to play professional football next year and even having the possibility of being drafted in the early rounds wasn't tempting enough for Shilique Calhoun and Connor Cook to walk away from what they started at MSU as freshmen.
MSU will be represented well this week in the 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl, as several of the country's most talented upperclassmen showcase their skills on the field in front of a plethora of NFL scouts and coaches. With the college football season officially over, the road to future professional careers begins at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
Based on the current projections by ESPN's NFL draft analyst, Mel Kiper Jr., Trae Waynes will begin his professional football career by teaming up with former MSU standouts, Max Bullough and Keshawn Martin.
For the first time since 1965-66, MSU has finished in the top five in the final Associated Press poll in consecutive seasons.
Dantonio, whose team is coming off of an explosive victory over Baylor, the co-Big 12 conference champions, on New Year's Eve in Arlington, Texas, will be back at the site of his fourth straight bowl win today in front of the camera.