The absence of John Patrick Mullane in the starting lineup for MSU forced many to step up this past Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. As the seventh seed in the bracket, the men's tennis program, despite receiving major contributions from select players, couldn't overcome the loss of their former No.
Mike Zimmer strolled along the indoor practice fields at the Duffy Daughtery building this past March during MSU's pro day, with a keen eye on Trae Waynes, who participated in position drills in front of multiple NFL general managers and scouts. Zimmer, the head coach for the Minnesota Vikings, was one of three sideline generals who arrived to East Lansing to catch a glimpse of the available talent in April 30 draft in Chicago. Waynes, longly considered to be the top cornerback on the board, could be taken as high as No.
Kaden Moore stood on the practice fields behind the Duffy Daugherty building with his friends and father Saturday morning, stargazing at the players running various drills. Kaden was one of the 1,700 attendees at the annual youth clinic, hosted by the football program to provide children aged 12 or younger an opportunity to participate in activities on the same field as their heroes do. Before the players strapped up the helmets and shoulder pads for the annual spring game in front of the general public, they donned their jerseys and sweatpants, avoiding the cold while also enjoying the time they had with the younger ones. It wasn't just the kids who got a kick out of meeting the likes of Shilique Calhoun and Connor Cook, the parents, with their cameras and autographed footballs held at their sides, took in the 90 minutes of excitement while standing next to future NFL stars, including some local players from their home town. "Kevin Cronin is a Traverse City boy, so we taught him in school, and we got a picture with him," Scott Moore of Elk Rapids said.
Justin Caine sat in the Sparrow Hospital when he was 10-years-old on the first day of fourth grade, diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor hemorrhage, ending his dream of playing organized football. It was a tumor that had been growing since the day Caine was born, but was undetected by his family until it was too late.
Why did Shilique Calhoun elected to remain in East Lansing for his senior year and pass up the NFL?