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Linking Laconically is in transition

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Along with Malik McDowell making it official that he will be a Spartan today, it seems his announcement has also marked the official turning of the page from basketball season to spring football. All the eyes are now focused on Mark Dantonio's program, and so far, spring is off to a pretty solid start. Position battles are taking shape and various players are looking to get the inside track on openings left by the likes of Max Bullough, Denicos Allen and Darqueze Dennard. Next man up.

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio chronicles signing of star defensive lineman Malik McDowell | MLive |

Mark Dantonio, still a boss.

Michigan State's Lawrence Thomas, with chip on shoulder, wants to prove he's healthy on field | Detroit Free Press |

Think he could be a problem for offensive lines this year.

Michigan State works to fill voids at linebacker | Detroit News |

Don't think the linebacker position will be the problem some expect it to be for MSU.

Jones takes MSU defense master class | ESPN Big Ten Blog |

And this guy is a big reason why.

Ohio State's Warinner has some good jokes about Michigan | CBS Sports |

They're not that great, but this is worth sharing.