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Position Group Breakdown: Defensive Line

Over the last month, Impact Sports has given a preseason look at the Spartans’ safety, cornerback and linebacker units.

Now the attention turns to the defensive line, which is a group that is expected to be amongst the best in the nation.

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Cornerback Ezra Robinson to Transfer

In an unexpected, yet understandable announcement by Michigan State Friday, redshirt sophomore Ezra Robinson previously stated that he received a release from his scholarship and is exploring his transfer options.

Robinson, who was redshirted in 2012 and played largely on special teams in 2013, was expected to be in the mix for the corner slot previously owned by Jim Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Dennard last year.

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Way-Too-Early Predictions: Eastern Michigan (Sept. 20) and Wyoming (Sept. 27)

The Spartans face off against Eastern Michigan after a bye week and will then take on Wyoming during homecoming week. These games will wrap up the non-conference season for MSU, as Mark Dantonio hopes to earn two victories while the team builds up momentum heading into the Big Ten season.

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Mike Sadler Named Preseason First-Team All-American

Mike Sadler was one of the best punters in the nation last season, pinning a nation-leading 24 punts within the opponent’s 10-yard-line. Despite his impressive numbers and knack for converting fake punts in clutch situations, he was not named a finalist for the Ray Guy Award last season, given each year to the nation’s top punter.

Going into 2014, however, Athlon Sports projects that Sadler is a front runner for the Award, naming him as their preseason First-Team All-American.

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Position Group Breakdown: Linebackers

Over the last two weeks,  Impact Sports previewed 2014’s “No Fly Zone,” comprising of the cornerback and safety units.

This week, the focus is on the linebackers — one of the most impressive units of the 2013 season that will feature some new faces next season after the departure of a few key players.

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Position Group Breakdown: Cornerbacks

Last week, Impact Sports released the first of an eight-part series, previewing Michigan State’s safety unit for the 2014 football season.

This week, the focus is on the other part of the “No Fly Zone,” the cornerbacks. Last season, this unit, along with the safeties, helped give the Spartans the third-best pass defense in the nation, allowing just over 165 yards per game.

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Spartan Red Zone – #15 – 6/8/14

Hosts Dan Tyler and Andre Sims talk everything — from the new College Football Playoff beginning this season to potential recruiting conspiracies and more.

How does the new playoff format affect a team’s mindsets this season? Are recruiting sites, like Rivals.com, changing player rankings depending on what school they commit to? Who are the top 10 players in the Big Ten this season?

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Offensive Tackle Picks Spartans

Michigan State picked up their latest commitment of the 2015 class, as offensive tackle Noah Listermann chose the Spartans on Sunday over other offers which include Cincinnati, Louisville, and Wisconsin.

Listermann, a 6-foot-7 293-pounder, goes to Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rivals.com ranks Listermann as a three-star recruit, the 28th ranked recruit in the state of Ohio, and the 58th ranked offensive tackle in the nation. Read More…

Position Group Breakdown: Safeties

As the summer heats up and college football kicks off in just over three months, Impact Sports figured it is time to start getting hype for the 2014 season.

To help with that, we are starting a weekly position group breakdown, where we provide some names on the roster to look out for and give a preseason grade for each group.

This week, we start with the safeties, who account for half of the “No Fly Zone”.

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Trae Waynes Looking to Fill Big Shoes This Season

Cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard and Trae Waynes both had very similar beginnings to their Spartan careers.

Both players were relatively undervalued coming out of high school, each earning a two-star rating from recruiting database Rivals.com. And they both emerged as talented players during their sophomore seasons, as they each earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.

Now, just as Dennard had to do, Waynes will now be charged with replacing a star corner. Read More…

Dennard Drafted by Cincinnati Bengals with Pick No. 24

The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday night contained many surprises. And when there are surprises, some players are bound to drop later in a round than expected.

Among those surprise players was former Michigan State cornerback, Darqueze Dennard.

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Predictions: Where Will the Former Spartans Go in the NFL Draft?

Darqueze Dennard

Darqueze Dennard is the only Spartan projected to be drafted in the first round.

The first team you see with a need at cornerback is the Detroit Lions at pick No. 10. I have said many times that I think it will be a mistake for Detroit to pass up on Dennard, but it is a mistake they are likely going to make.

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Former Running Back Winston Looks to Start Fresh in NFL

Ex-Spartan running back Glenn Winston had an embattled career while wearing the green and white.

In 2008, he led the team with 364 return yards his freshman year in only seven games before being suspended after a fight with members of the hockey team.

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White Defeats Green 20-13 in Spring Game

35,000 fans flocked to Spartan Stadium Saturday afternoon to watch the defending Big Ten and Rose Bowl champions compete in their spring game.

The White squad got off to a hot start after Jermaine Edmondson intercepted Tyler O’Connor on the first play of the game. Their offense capitalized immediately, as quarterback Damion Terry rushed for a 23 yard touchdown on the first snap.

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Spartan Red Zone: Spring Game Preview

Hosts Dan Tyler and Andre Sims break down the upcoming spring game, as well as the NCAA’s recent ruling to grant college athletes unlimited meals and snacks. Listen to the podcast to hear some names to look out for on Saturday and more.
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Spartans Land 4-Star Quarterback Lewerke

Michigan State’s 2013 season that ended with a Rose Bowl victory and has continued to pay dividends on the national recruiting trail, as the Spartans landed 2015 quarterback Brian Lewerke from Phoenix, Ariz.

The 6-foot-3, 195 pound pro-style quarterback from Pinnacle High School threw for 2,700 yards and 33 touchdowns his junior season. He also had over 500 rushing yards and nine interceptions.

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Spartan Red Zone Exclusive: Pre-NFL Draft Podcast with Darqueze Dennard

Hosts Dan Tyler and Andre Sims welcome reigning Jim Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Dennard to the studio to talk about the upcoming NFL Draft and more with the former Spartan defensive back.

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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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