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Michigan State Spartans News and Views: August 30

The rise of Tyler O'Connor and how he's preparing for life as 'the' guy.

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Tyler O'Connor leans on advice from friend Andrew Maxwell - Detroit Free Press
There is nobody else on earth who can relate to what Tyler O’Connor is about to experience better than former Spartan Andrew Maxwell.

O'Connor stuck with Michigan State, and now his long wait is over -
O'Connor has waited four seasons to become Michigan State's starting quarterback. "I've got one year to show what I can do," O'Connor said. "I've had glimpses, but one full year to show what I have."

Michigan State Women's Basketball Announces 2016-17 Schedule - Michigan State Athletics
Head coach Suzy Merchant and the Michigan State womens basketball team announced the 2016-17 schedule Monday.

How Michigan State can reload its defense - PFF
With a number of big defensive names off to the NFL, the Spartans must focus on these 3 critical areas to succeed.

DFP's picks for Michigan State, Michigan records, who’ll win Big Ten - Detroit Free Press
Jeff Seidel, Drew Sharp, Mark Snyder and Chris Solari go on the record with predictions for Michigan State Football in 2016.

Michigan State position preview: Can secondary return to 'No Fly Zone' status? -
There's an argument to be made that Michigan State has the tools this year to get back to "No Fly Zone" status. Maybe not to 2013 levels, but at least in that ballpark.

Former Spartan Ryan Brehm Earns Spot on PGA TOUR - Michigan State Athletics
Former Michigan State All-American and assistant coach Ryan Brehm became the first MSU golfer to earn a PGA TOUR membership card.

6 players who will decide MSU's football season - Lansing State Journal
LSJ columnist Graham Couch examines the players who will determine the Spartans' fate this fall

MSU’s offense: Five key points - The Detroit News
Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News analyzes five key points for Michigan State’s offense this season. While the quarterback will get most of the attention, replacing three starters – Jack Conklin and Jack Allen included – on the offensive line will be as vital.

MSU’s glut of talent at LB means stiff competition for playing time - Detroit Free Press
Riley Bullough, Ed Davis, Jon Reschke, and Andrew Dowell give Michigan State plenty of options in the second level of their defense.

Michigan State position preview: Specialists look to go from big moments to consistency -
It wasn't a banner year overall for Michigan State specialists, and they'll look for more consistency overall in 2016. You won't find many statistical categories in which Michigan State ranked dead last in the Big Ten the year it won the league. But punt returns was one of them.

Trieu: Future Spartan WR White also a skilled QB - The Detroit News
Two days before Walled Lake Western’s opener against Farmington, Michigan State receiver commit Cody White found out starting QB Jon Tracy was injured. That forced White to move there, which may have shown even more value he could bring to the Spartans.

Buckeyes suspend wide receiver Torrance Gibson - ESPN
Ohio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson has been suspended for the season due to a violation of the school's student code of conduct.

Identifying Pass Defenses - Inside The Pylon
Dave Archibald's primer on identifying pass defenses takes you step by step through his process of figuring out which coverage a defense is in.

Former San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh doesn't respect Colin Kaepernick's actions - ESPN
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, while respecting Colin Kaepernick's right to protest, said he doesn't agree with his former quarterback's method.

NFL Expected Sack Projections 2016 - Inside The Pylon
Ethan Young looked at the data from 2009 to 2015 to come up with a formula on how to calculate NFL expected sack totals for 2016.

Predicting late season college football headlines coach fired playoff teams Heisman trophy - ESPN
Anyone can tell you what they think is going to happen. Thankfully, we found some November and December headlines to tell you what will happen in the playoff, Heisman race and coaching hot seat.