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Linking Laconically is stepping it up

Branden Dawson has played really well the past three games, although he had an injury scare Sunday night.


Michigan State's Branden Dawson brings high energy in back-to-back wins | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press |
This article was before last night's game, in which Dawson played well again: “He had some blocks, had some big plays and he was tired. That’s enjoyable. I liked to see him panting because that means he’s pushing himself a little bit.”

Michigan State basketball focuses on its play, not other teams | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press |
"When the big games come, Michigan State will have to be ready, and better. Until then, the Spartans are trying to avoid comparing themselves to conference favorites Indiana, Michigan and Ohio State. They want to beat Nebraska today and Penn State on Wednesday, improve in the process, then it'll be time to start measuring."

Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell named first team All-American by College Football News | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press |

"Michigan State junior running back Le'Veon Bell was named a first team All-American today by College Football News, which takes bowl performances into account when making its selections."

Michigan State linebacker Taiwan Jones will be ready to shine at start of spring drills after minor knee surgery |

"A rising junior, Jones showed flashes of brilliance while earning four starts at "Star" linebacker, splitting the duties with departing senior Chris Norman."

Michigan State's spring QB battle peaks with April 20 Green and White Game |

"The spring game will have some drama to it, as incumbent rising senior Andrew Maxwell will attempt to fend off challenges for playing time from rising sophomore Connor Cook (6-foot-4, 222) and redshirt freshman Tyler O'Connor (6-3, 215)."

Spartans In The NFL: Regular-Season Wrap-Up - Michigan State Official Athletic Site

So, how did all of the Spartans in the NFL fare this season? You can find out here.

Spartans Knock Off No. 2 Notre Dame, 4-1 - Michigan State Official Athletic Site

"Michigan State's solid effort was rewarded with a convincing 4-1 victory over No. 2 Notre Dame in front of a capacity crowd of 6,714 fans at Munn Ice Arena on Saturday night. Coming off a strong Friday game which saw the team go toe-to-toe with the Irish and suffer a 1-0 loss, MSU stuck to its game plan, getting a considerable scoreless streak off its back and recording its best win of the season thus far."

Michigan State freshman Denzel Valentine could be 'really special' for Tom Izzo despite turnovers |

"Valentine has averaged four turnovers per game in Big Ten play, but Izzo has stuck by the freshman because of his potential as a big-time contributor."