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The pads are on, which means it's time to bring the pain again.

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Fall camp officially began last week with conditioning tests and practices in shorts, but the real football began this afternoon, as today was the first practice in full pads for the Spartans. That's always an exciting day for the players and the coaches, who will start to get a better idea of what they have going into the season. With the pads on, position battles will become more clear, and certain players will begin to set themselves apart from the rest of the group. It also means kickoff is just that much closer.

Intensity picks up a notch as Michigan State dons pads for the first time in fall camp | MLive | mlive.com

Hearing about the first day in pads takes me back to my glory days as a 5-foot-8, 145-pound receiver that hated getting hit.

New Michigan State offensive line rotation starting to take shape | MLive | mlive.com

The earlier the better.

Spartans' Pat Narduzzi: Smoothness of Darian Hicks, jokes about Rick's | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

How can we get Narduzzi to Rick's after a game?

Mark Dantonio says Michigan State D-line a 'man's' world: a deeper look into the competition for playing time | MLive mlive.com

So much talent and potential on the defensive front.

Spartans TE Josiah Price trying to make the world a better place | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Well, it's even easier to root for Josiah Price.

Timber Creek's Chambers makes verbal commitment to Michigan State | Courier-Post | courierpostonline.com

Almost a week old, I know, but a little more feature-y, in-depth look at Cameron Chambers.

Shilique Calhoun tells the story of how he got Pat Narduzzi to stay at Michigan State | MLive | mlive.com

"I threatened him and told him that if he left, I would have to kill everyone on his new team." I think he was joking?

Five-star point guard Jalen Brunson sets three official visits | College Basketball Talk | collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com

MSU not on his first list of official visits.

MTSU pitching coach Skylar Meade takes Michigan State job | Daily News Journal | dnj.com

Sounds like the baseball program landed a hot commodity.

Browns name ex-Michigan State QB Brian Hoyer -- not Johnny Manziel -- as starter against Detroit Lions | MLive | mlive.com

Brian Pigskin.

College of Charleston fires Wojcik in wake of abuse allegations | Sporting News | sportingnews.com

Not a pretty situation, although it's good to see his now-former players don't hate him.