Mel Tucker giving former Spartans a new NFL opportunity during pro day
Michigan State’s pro day last year was canceled due to COVID-19. One year later, Michigan State’s pro day is on and scheduled for March 24. However, the pro day was canceled five days before it was scheduled and Michigan State’s first spring practice under Tucker was also wiped out. That was shortly before the pandemic altered daily life and wiped out pro day, which can be critical for players to get a shot in the NFL. “I know how important pro day was for me.mlive.com
Rocky Lombardi starts at QB for Michigan State vs. Rutgers
EAST LANSING – Michigan State went with experience at quarterback to kick off the season. Redshirt junior Rocky Lombardi got the start for the Spartans in Saturday’s season-opening game against Rutgers in East Lansing. Lombardi entered the game with Michigan State trailing 7-0 after Rutgers scored on the opening possession of the game. Live updates: Michigan State football is back at last with season-opener vs. RutgersMichigan State lost three-year starting quarterback Brian Lewerke to graduation after last season. Michigan State has a completely new offensive coaching staff led by coordinator Jay Johnson.mlive.com
Tucker still mum on QB as Michigan State opener approaches
Mel Tucker’s success in his first season as Michigan State’s coach may be determined in large part by who is playing quarterback. “We won't be announcing a quarterback today," Tucker said Tuesday, four days before the Spartans open the season against Rutgers. Redshirt freshman Payton Thorne is also an option, and Tucker mentioned freshman Noah Kim as well when assessing the position. “Those guys, that's a really good group of guys, and Noah Kim has done a nice job for us. “Jay Johnson is a veteran offensive coordinator, a veteran play caller, a veteran quarterbacks coach — played the position himself.
Michigan State’s starting QB remains unknown amid ‘fierce competition’
Michigan State’s new starting quarterback remains a mystery. “We won’t be announcing a quarterback today,” Tucker said during a videoconference. “He’s got a lot of talent.”5 goals for Mel Tucker and Michigan State football in 2020Lombardi, 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, has a significant edge in experience. All four quarterbacks are working under new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jay Johnson, who followed Tucker from Colorado to Michigan State in February. They’ve connected with Jay, they have a lot of respect for Jay, Jay has a lot of respect for them, they work well as a unit, they help each other and I’ve seen a steady improvement from that group.mlive.com
Michigan State ‘right in the middle’ of evaluating QB battle
The first-year Michigan State head coach is now getting a longer look but doesn’t appear close to naming a starter ahead of the Oct. 24 season opener against Rutgers. “We’re still in that process of rotating our guys, equal amount of reps,” Tucker said of the quarterback competition during a videoconference on Wednesday. “They’re working with different groups and we’re still right in the middle of the evaluation process. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jay Johnson on Friday said Lombardi, Day and Thorne were sharing reps in 7-on-7 work and team activities. As a first-year head coach at Colorado last season, Tucker inherited a starting quarterback in Steven Montez and the senior started all 12 games in 2019.mlive.com
Michigan State football mailbag: Position group improvement and more QB talk
The last time I put together a Michigan State football mailbag, it was mid-July. With plenty of unknowns for Michigan State under first-year head coach Mel Tucker, I put out a call for mailbag questions to subscribers of Spartan Confidential Subtext, a service from MLive that provides Michigan State football updates directly to your phone. He also already completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Michigan State and plans on pursuing a doctorate. – From (716)This is my fourth season as MLive’s Michigan State football beat writer and plenty of players were memorable interviews. Related Michigan State football stories:Michigan State’s Xavier Henderson returns with more confidence to lead secondaryMichigan State mulling position changes amid COVID-19 uncertaintyMichigan State moves from ‘pajamas’ to pads, starts to feel out new lineupMSU’s Julian Barnett ‘makes progress every single day’ in move from WR to CBJacub Panasiuk raises expectations for Michigan State DEs after opting back inmlive.com
Michigan State QB competition continues, could stretch into season
Michigan State is three weeks away from its season-opening game against Rutgers. Michigan State has a new head coach in Mel Tucker, who brought Johnson with him from Colorado to run the offense. “It’s been good,” Johnson said of the competition. … I definitely think there’s a little bit of innate things there because he has had some of that gametime stuff. I’m looking forward to seeing how they take pressure, especially in the scrimmage situation coming up.”Johnson said Michigan State already has more offense installed than it would use in a game.mlive.com
Michigan State has lacked big pass plays but Jayden Reed predicts ‘huge change’ this season
Midway through the second quarter of last year’s Pinstripe Bowl, Michigan State tight end Trenton Gillison slipped behind the Wake Forest defense and hauled in a pass from Brian Lewerke. It was the longest pass play of the season for Michigan State. I think vertically, that will be a huge change from this year to last year – vertical threats, I believe, in my opinion.”Standout WR Jayden Reed’s transfer to Michigan State driven by competition, connectionsIf Michigan State is going to show an improvement in that area it will come with an overhauled passing attack. There’s a new head coach in Mel Tucker, a new offensive coordinator in Jay Johnson and a new receivers coach in Courtney Hawkins. “He’s a phenomenal athlete,” Michigan State redshirt sophomore running back Elijah Collins said of Reed on Monday.mlive.com
Michigan State QB battle back in focus with Big Ten season reinstated
It continued to be a focus when fall camp started, only for practice to end four days later when the Big Ten postponed the season. Big Ten football is coming back after the conference reinstated the season on Wednesday and the same question remains at the forefront. Who will be Michigan State’s starting quarterback this season? “Our quarterback situation is going to shake out,” first-year Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said in August, just before the team initially started fall camp. “I know I’ve said this for three years ever since I started playing (at Michigan State), but I’m always going to practice and prepare like I’m going to be the starter every week.mlive.com
The Biggest Thing Im Working On Is My Accuracy With The Football Michigan States Brian Lewerke On Getting Ready For 2020 NFL Draft
Hundreds of prospects are hoping to hear their names called the weekend of April 23rd-25th, and former Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke is among them. I wanted to play receiver back then, but my dad wanted me to play quarterback, so I switched over. Looking back on my time at Michigan State, I set multiple records there, and Im very proud of that. But I enjoyed sharing my knowledge, and I think Michigan State prepared me really well with the type of offense that we ran. I set multiple records at Michigan State as a passer, and I have a little bit of running ability as well.detroit.cbslocal.com
Michigan football has chance to beat Michigan State in back-to-back years for first time in decade
Michigan and Michigan State are heading in opposite directions as their paths cross this weekend in the Big House. Brandon Peters #18 of the Illinois Fighting Illini looks for running room while being tackled by Noah Harvey #45 of the Michigan State Spartans. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) (Getty Images)This feels like a low point for Michigan State under Mark Dantonio. Cameron McGrone #44 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a fourth quarter sack against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Shea Patterson reacts to a teammate's second-quarter touchdown against Michigan State at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 20, 2018, in East Lansing, Michigan.
Michigan State football vs. Illinois: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
EAST LANSING, Mich. Michigan State looks to snap a three-game losing streak when it hosts Big Ten rival Illinois on Saturday. LINE: Michigan State -14.5Illinois' run began with an upset over previously undefeated Wisconsin three weeks ago, and Lovie Smith's team has been cruising since. ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (4-4, 2-3)The Spartans have been known for their running game for a number of years, but Michigan State is 13th in the Big Ten, averaging 112.9 yards per game on the ground. Michigan State WR Darrell Stewart is second in the Big Ten in receiving yards (694) and third in receptions (47). PREDICTION: Michigan State 24, Illinois 20
Michigan State drops 3rd straight, routed 28-7 by Penn State
Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second half at Beaver Stadium on September 14, 2019 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)EAST LANSING, Mich. - It was another ugly offensive performance and another loss for Michigan State on Saturday. 6 Penn State, 28-7. "Yeah, we can get better," Penn State coach James Franklin told reporters. PREDICTION: Penn State 24, Michigan State 17More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Penn State football vs. Michigan State: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second half at Beaver Stadium on September 14, 2019 in State College, Pennsylvania. 6 Penn State will try to remain unbeaten Saturday afternoon when it visits a Michigan State team that hasn't tasted victory in nearly a month. LINE: Penn State -6.5"Yeah, we can get better," Penn State coach James Franklin told reporters. Michigan State has won five of the last six meetings. PREDICTION: Penn State 24, Michigan State 17More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Michigan State drops 3rd straight, routed 28-7 by Penn State
EAST LANSING, Mich. It was another ugly offensive performance and another loss for Michigan State on Saturday. 6 Penn State, 28-7. "Yeah, we can get better," Penn State coach James Franklin told reporters. Michigan State has won five of the last six meetings. PREDICTION: Penn State 24, Michigan State 17More college football scores
Spartans Win Seesaw Affair Against Tough Indiana Squad 40-31
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) On a rare day when Michigan States defense was struggling, Brian Lewerke and Darrell Stewart helped the Spartans prevail. Penix threw for three touchdowns, including an 11-yarder to Whop Philyor that tied the game at 31 with 2:00 remaining. Michigan State went back ahead 28-24 with 12:12 remaining when Lewerke threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Matt Seybert. Michigan State: The Spartans offense has been deservedly criticized this year, but this is now back-to-back games with more than 30 points. Michigan State: The Spartans play at Ohio State next Saturday night.detroit.cbslocal.com
No. 25 Michigan State outlasts Indiana 40-31
Matt Seybert #80 of Michigan State runs downfield after catching a pass against Michael Ziemba #87 of Indiana. 25 Michigan State beat Indiana 40-31 on Saturday. Michigan State went back ahead 28-24 with 12:12 remaining when Lewerke threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Matt Seybert. Michigan State: The Spartans' offense has been deservedly criticized this year, but this is now back-to-back games with more than 30 points. Michigan State: The Spartans play at Ohio State next Saturday night.
MSU Takes Care Of Business Against Northwestern 31-10
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Michigan State was determined to get back on track following a stunning loss last week. Brian Lewerke had three touchdown passes, Elijah Collins added a rushing TD and the Spartans bounced back with a 31-10 victory over Northwestern on Saturday. The win was the 110th for Dantonio at Michigan State, which makes him the winningest coach in program history. Running back Drake Anderson had 86 yards rushing on 16 carries with a touchdown. The Michigan State defense then stuffed three straight runs to get the ball back.detroit.cbslocal.com
Michigan State football vs. Arizona State: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
Quarterback Brian Lewerke #14 of the Michigan State Spartans drops back to pass during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. 19 Michigan State looks to remain unbeaten when it welcomes non-conference foe Arizona State to town on Saturday. Arizona State has scored more than seven points in 136 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in FBS. Michigan State DE Kenny Willekes is tied for third in the country with 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss this season. PREDICTION: Michigan State 31, Arizona State 17More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Michigan State vs. Tulsa football: Follow live game updates here
Brian Lewerke of the Michigan State Spartans throws a first half pass while playing the Ohio State Buckeyes at Spartan Stadium on November 10, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. 20 Michigan State opens its 2019 season Friday with a non-conference contest against visiting Tulsa. READ MORE: Michigan State football 2019: This schedule is a nightmareWHEN: 7:00 PM ET7:00 PM ET WHERE: Spartan Stadium, East LansingSpartan Stadium, East Lansing TV: Fox Sports 1Michigan State had the nation's top run defense in 2018, allowing just 77.9 yards per game, but the offense dragged the team down. Coach Mark Dantonio is hoping for a much better offense this season, with senior quarterback Brian Lewerke (184-of-339, 2,040 yards, 8 TDs) healthy and returning under center. Follow live game updates:Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
MSU football trying to snap out of mediocrity. Here's what it needs to do
But no, Im not sure there was one time where everyone was doing the right thing at the right time.Especially in the fourth quarter. Brian Lewerke lies on the ground after being sacked against Arizona State in the fourth quarter last season. They outscored opponents, 77-65, in the fourth quarter that year, though they were outscored, 22-14, in an overtime loss at Northwestern. Laress Nelson drops a pass against Nebraska in the fourth quarter last year. Read more on the Michigan State Spartans and sign up for our Spartans newsletter.rssfeeds.freep.com
Ranking every Big Ten starting quarterback ahead of 2019 season
Shea Patterson (left) and Justin Fields (right) could be the top two quarterbacks in the Big Ten this season. With fewer than 50 days remaining until the start of college football, here's a look at the Big Ten quarterback rankings, from No. He transferred to Northwestern and sat out the 2018 season, so many fans have forgotten about him. For his career, Stanley owns a 57.7% completion rate with 5,346 passing yards, 52 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Martinez finished the season with 17 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns.
Iowa football vs. Michigan State Spartans: TV, time, game preview, live score
The Hawkeyes fell at home on a final-play touchdown against nationally-ranked Penn State, while the Spartans were blown out by long-time rival Notre Dame. The Spartans outgained the Irish by more than 140 yards but were hurt by three turnovers and nine penalties for almost 100 yards. ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (2-1, 0-0):Turnovers have been a big focus for the Michigan State coaches this week, and more than just the ones that have cost the offense the ball eight times so far this season. Lewerke had 396 yards of total offense (340 passing, 56 rushing) against Notre Dame, the fourth-highest single-game total in school history. 1 in the nation in third-down conversion defense entering last weekend (3-of-28), the Spartans allowed the Irish to convert 8-of-14 third downs.