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57 posts from April 2012

April 28, 2012

Let me know when something shocking happens

Todd McShay is surprised, other analysts are surprised, Kirk Cousins and his agent are no doubt surprised. Everyone expected him to go in the second or third round. He's still on the board after three rounds and 95 picks, with seven quarterbacks gone -- including Russell Wilson and Nick Foles, to the team (Philly) that showed Cousins the most love in this process. But still ... it's not like the fourth round is some outlandish result for Cousins.

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April 27, 2012

Worthy to the Packers

The Denver Broncos went with Cincinnati's Derek Wolfe, not Jerel Worthy, at No. 36 -- setting the Internet ablaze with Jerel Worthy panic (not by him, for him). It didn't last too terribly long. Exactly 15 picks and just shy of one hour later, the Green Bay Packers took Worthy in the second round with the 51st pick. Green Bay traded up to get Philadelphia's pick to take Worthy. He is MSU's highest draftee since Devin Thomas went No. 34 overall to the Washington Redskins in 2008.

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NFL draft, day 2 preparation

Solari here. I caught up with Edwin Baker this week as he awaits whether or not he'll be drafted. In doing so, I talked with CBSSportsline.com and NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler about Baker and a number of other potential MSU draft picks.

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Burbridge update, Duffy recap

Top MSU 2012 recruit Aaron Burbridge continues to work toward qualifying academically -- and no matter what rumor you hear between now and then, that won't be determined until he's done with summer school. Burbridge is doing very well so far this semester, Farmington Hills Harrison coach John Herrington said Thursday.

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April 26, 2012

Big night

The NFL can't mess with Jerel Worthy on his birthday weekend, right? If a Spartan's name is called tonight, Worthy's is the best bet. And before the draft gets cooking, it's Duffy Daugherty Memorial Award night at Eagle Eye -- where Francie Daugherty will be remembered and Vince Dooley will be honored. Tim Staudt AND Geoff Kimmerly speaking? Popcorn me.

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Big chat

It was good, though strangely focused on cuisine.

April 25, 2012

MSU spring game draft

And with the first pick ... the Green team picks Will Gholston at defensive end.

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Memories...

John L. Smith's return to Arkansas and this piece for USA Today has them flooding back.

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April 24, 2012

MSU-ND under the lights

Along with MSU's Aug. 31 season opener against Boise State (8 p.m., ESPN), the Spartans will play at night when Notre Dame visits on Sept. 15 (8 p.m., ABC). And that's it for the Spartans in 2012 -- the rest of their games will be noon or 3:30 kicks.

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Coming up

The MSU spring game on Saturday at Spartan Stadium (1:06 p.m., Big Ten Network, WJIM 1240-AM, free admission), with the gates opening at 11:30 a.m. Prior to the game, MSU coaches will put on a free youth clinic for ages 8-12 on the practice field across Shaw Lane -- though no autograph session this year because kickoff was moved up a half hour. Don't forget the restriction on bags and the alcohol ban on campus, both will be in effect. Fans 12 and older also can purchase press box seats for $50 apiece until noon Friday at msuspartans.com, with proceeds going to the George Webster Scholarship Fund. Here's Denny Schwarze's look at a surging young linebacker I'll be interested to watch Saturday.

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