Spartans in the NFL: Preseason Week 3

Kevin Vickerson vowed to come back stronger than ever in his return from a hip injury.

And the former Michigan State defensive tackle began that process Saturday when he made his long awaited return to the field in the Denver Broncos’ loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday.

Vickerson, a Detroit native, started all 11 games he played in last season before being sidelined last November with a hip injury that led to him missing the Broncos’ run to the AFC title and the Super Bowl.  Continue reading

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Spartans in the NFL: Preseason Week 2

Former Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer struggled in his latest audition to reclaim the starting quarterback job for the Cleveland Browns.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, his main competition, also struggled, making the quarterback situation still unsettled for the Browns. Continue reading

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Fallout of O’Bannon case has MSU players missing popular game

EAST LANSING — Darien Harris has enjoyed being able to boot up his gaming system and play as himself in EA Sports’ popular NCAA Football series in years past.

It’s a ritual of late summer and fall enjoyed by many college football players and others across the nation.

And its one the Michigan State junior linebacker and others won’t have the opportunity to partake in this year.

As a product of the ongoing O’Bannon case with former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller taking legal action for not receiving compensation for their likenesses being used, Electronic Arts decided to discontinue the series. Continue reading

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Spartans opening season No. 8 in AP poll

Michigan State will begin the season with its highest ranking in the Associated Press poll since starting 1967 at No. 3.

The Spartans, who are coming off a 13-1 season that featured Big Ten and Rose Bowl titles, were ranked No. 8 in the AP poll that was released this afternoon. Continue reading

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Spartans in the NFL: Preseason Week 1

One is trying to make a team as an undrafted free agent, while the other is a lock to make the team as his team’s first-round selection in May’s NFL draft.

And both Houston Texans linebacker Max Bullough and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard each turned in solid outings in the first preseason games of their careers.

Bullough made some plays in the Texans’ 32-0 setback, while Dennard made his mark while on the field for the Bengals in their loss. Continue reading

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Rose Bowl residuals: More from MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and AD Mark Hollis

Today in the LSJ and at, we examine the impact that Michigan State winning its first Rose Bowl in 26 years has had on the university and its football program. And here at Spartan Shadows, we’ll answer a few more questions, including the big one you’ve probably wondered: How did MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon end up dancing to Rich Homie Quan in the victorious locker room?

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MSU football: Dantonio reviews opening practice

EAST LANSING – Michigan State had its opening practice session of the season Saturday morning and here’s a look at what eighth-year coach Mark Dantonio had to say during his session with the media. Continue reading

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New Jersey WR commits to MSU

Michigan State stayed hot on the recruiting trail and got its 2016 class started with one of the nation’s top prospects.

Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek wide receiver Cameron Chambers verbally committed to the Spartans this afternoon via his Twitter account, writing: “I am happy to announce that I will be playing WR and pursuing my master’s degree at MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY!!”

The 6-foot-2 Chambers, who recently visited MSU, is rated the No. 48 player and No. 7 receiver in the 2016 class by Rivals. He had more than 30 offers and had recently narrowed his choice of schools down to Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin and MSU.

Chambers caught 57 passes for 1,196 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore.

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MSU football ranked No. 8 in preseason coaches poll

Coming off the best season in school history, Michigan State will enter this fall ranked No. 8 in the preseason USA Today Amway Coaches poll.

It marks the highest ranking for the Spartans in the USA Today preseason rankings since the national newspaper began administering the poll in 1991. MSU’s preseason No. 13 ranking in 2012 was previously the highest the Spartans have started a season in the USA Today poll. Continue reading

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Spartans land Texas offensive lineman Tyler Higby

Michigan State added to its 2015 recruiting class Wednesday night with another commitment from the Lone Star state.

Tyler Higby, a 6-foot-5 offensive lineman from Kinkaid High School in Houston, announced his commitment to MSU via Twitter. Continue reading

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