Men’s Football

Coveted Defensive Lineman McDowell Officially Signs with Spartans

Michigan State received a few big, last-minute verbal commitments on National Signing Day, but none was bigger than five-star defensive end Malik McDowell.

McDowell, the top rated player from the state of Michigan, chose the Spartans over in-state rival Michigan, Ohio State and Florida State.

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Dantonio Announces Defensive Changes as Spring Practice Starts

Michigan State undoubtedly had one of the best defenses in the nation last season. However, after losing six starting defensive players due to graduation, coordinator Pat Narduzzi has his work cut out for him in 2014.

The Spartans lost two starters on all three levels of the defense.

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Spartan Red Zone – #12 – 3/17/14

Host Dan Tyler welcomes new co-host Andre Sims Jr. to the show. Sims Jr, a receiver and punt returner for the Spartans, discusses what it was like being a part of Spartan football history this past season.

Michigan State’s recent Pro Day is also discussed and so is the effect it had on the players entering the upcoming draft.

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Three Former Spartans on 2014 HOF Ballot

The 2014 College Football Hall Of Fame ballot was released Thursday, which included three familiar names to Spartan fans.

Receiver Kirk Gibson and running backs Clinton Jones and Lorenzo White were nominated to the exclusive club.

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Why Michigan State Football Will Repeat as Big Ten Champs

Michigan State enjoyed a dream season in 2013, finishing 13-1 with a Rose Bowl victory over Stanford.

Now, over two months removed from that season, the Spartans have began reaping the benefits. They wrapped up one of the best recruiting classes in the conference after National Signing Day.

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2014 Impact Sports NFL Mock Draft

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

The Seattle Seahawks proved that defense wins championships, and for a team that expected to go to the Super Bowl but fell way short due in part to injuries, you cannot pass on Clowney. With Clowney and J.J. Watt as bookends on the defensive line, offensive lines will have a hard time stopping this possible tandem. Clowney’s work ethic has been a big question mark, but Brian Cushing and Watt should be able to set him straight. Although the quarterback situation is not pretty, somebody like A.J. McCarron (Alabama) would be a nice selection in a later round.

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The Pact – #17 – 2/10/14

Hot off National Signing Day, The Pact jumps right into the Michigan State football recruiting pool.

Fino, Austin and Lou speak with Sean Scherer of 247Sports.com about MSU’s 2014 recruiting class, highlighted by the Malik McDowell situation. Scherer shares his thoughts on where the 5-star recruit will end up. Incoming defensive end, Enoch Smith Jr., calls in to the show and says his first hello to Spartan Nation.

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Darqueze Dennard’s Best Potential Draft Fits

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard had a breakout year in 2013. He was crowned the nation’s best defensive back after winning the Jim Thorpe Award and helped pace the Spartans’ defense to a top five national ranking.

Dennard’s individual success, along with the team’s on-field success, has allowed his NFL draft stock to skyrocket.

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On-Field Success Paying Dividends with Recruiting

In recent years, Michigan State’s mantra behind recruiting has been doing more with less.

Players such as Le’Veon Bell and Darqueze Dennard, who were both two-star recruits coming out of high school, developed into nationally recognized names during their time in East Lansing.

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MSU Lands Five-Star DE Malik McDowell

Michigan State continued its football success on National Signing Day by getting a verbal commitment from Malik McDowell in front of his classmates and a live video feed that reached over 15,000 viewers.

McDowell, a 6-foot-6, 292 pound defensive lineman from Southfield, Mich is a consensus five-star prospect and the highest rated recruit in the state of Michigan.

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MSU Lands Top Commit from Wisconsin

With National Signing Day almost 24 hours away, the Michigan State coaching staff is feeling the most pressure since the Rose Bowl. Mark Dantonio and his staff are breathing a little easier Monday night as they earned a commitment from one of the top players on their radar.

Craig Evans, a 6-foot-3, 305 pound defensive tackle from Sun Prairie, Wisc., was originally a Wisconsin commit, but announced his decision to flip to MSU on Twitter Monday night.

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Walk the Line – #18 – 1/24/14

Props to the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks for making it to Super Bowl XLVIII.

Props to Ryan Smith & Dan Krier for making it through the entire football season on Walk the Line. Props to Impact89FM, props to Impact Sports. Props all around!

This week, Ryan & Dan delve into the particulars of SB XLVIII, where the 2-point favorite Broncos look to crack Seattle’s #1 defense. But it’s those nutty prop bets that are the most fun, so the guys break down the game’s truly important sports picks, such as Bruno Mars’ possible halftime hat choice and whether or not Peyton Manning will yell “Omaha!” more or less than 28 times.

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Walk the Line – #17 – 1/17/14

With only 3 more NFL games left in this impossibly unpredictable season, Dan Krier & Ryan Smith dig in to prognosticate the outcomes of this Sunday’s AFC and NFC Conference Championships games.

Will New England and Tom Brady be able to cover the 5.5-point spread against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos? Is this Seattle’s year to shine or will Colin Kaepernick lead the 3.5-point underdog 49ers back to a second-consecutive Super Bowl?

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Walk the Line – #16 – 1/10/14

Dan Krier & Ryan Smith kick off 2014 by basking in the glow of Michigan State’s breathtaking 24-20 Rose Bowl victory over the Stanford Cardinal, reminiscing about the California sunshine and beautiful weather that helped make Michigan State University’s dream come true.

On this week’s show, Dan and Ryan break down the NFL Divisional playoff games, with great matchups in each of the four weekend games.

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Louisville Hires Petrino, Narduzzi to Stay for Now

Michigan State enjoyed their most successful football season of all-time in 2013, finishing 13-1 after defeating Stanford (11-2) in the 100th Rose Bowl Game.

Much of that success was due in part to one of the most dominant defense in the nation. The Spartans ended the season allowing just over 13 points per game along with an average of 86 yards rushing allowed per game.

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Pepped Up at the Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. - Even if it broke the bank, they traveled either way.

It was a rare occasion, for the Michigan State Spartan football team and its fans, to smell roses in Pasadena. The Spartans waited 26 years to make the Rose Bowl, and it was daunting.

But the spontaneity of the B1G Championship had no effect on Spartan faithful, as many students, alumni, and fans had their hearts set on the ‘grandaddy of them all’.

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Green Roses

PASADENA, Calif. – Completion.

It was the one word Mark Dantonio said throughout the entire season, and he was able to say it once more Wednesday night.

MSU defeated the Stanford Cardinal in a hard-fought nail-biter, 24-20, at the 100th annual Rose Bowl.

“The Rose Bowl to me is the pinnacle of what we do in the Big Ten Conference,” coach Dantonio said. Read More…

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