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Michigan State Spartans news and views: July 11

Alex Troop is among several former Spartans who have signed MLB contracts in the past week.

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Five Former Spartan Baseball Players Sign MLB Contracts - Michigan State Athletics
Five former Michigan State baseball players signed 2017 Major League Baseball contracts, as the deadline to sign for drafted players was over the weekend.

For Michigan State's ballyhooed 2016 class, the novelty is gone, but the expectations remain |
Romance seems to have given way to realism for all involved. The Spartans are stamped as national championship contenders and everyone knows a golden opportunity when they see it. The Final Four appears to be the baseline for this team. If Izzo is going to win a second title at Michigan State, this sure as heck seems like the ideal opportunity.

Spartans buzzing as fans wait for Jaren Jackson Jr.'s summer debut - DFP
Jaren Jackson Jr. has yet to make his Moneyball debut, but his new Michigan State teammates are already buzzing about the talented big man.

Daily Debate: Who will be MSU's offensive MVP in 2017? - 247 Sports
Who will be Michigan State's top offensive player by the end of the season?

Michigan State running back LJ Scott named to Maxwell Award watch list - DFP
Scott is one of 11 Big Ten players to make the 85-person list. In two seasons, Scott has 1,693 yards and 17 touchdowns.

MSU QB commit Theo Day makes small jump in updated Top247 - 247 Sports
Michigan State has one of the best pro-style quarterbacks in the country in 2018.

Ex-Spartan Bryn Forbes a scoring machine in Summer League for Spurs - DFP
In this week's action in Las Vegas, Forbes is averaging 26.5 points through two games, including his 35-point effort Sunday against Philadelphia.

5 most memorable and distracting NFL holdouts of last decade - CBS
From Joey Bosa to everyone's favorite QB bust, here's the list of infamous summer boycotts. Thankfully, the Bengals have been able to avoid this with star players like A.J. Green, Vontaze Burfict and Geno Atkins when they got their big extensions.

AFC North Q&A: Who is the best newcomer to this division? - ESPN
Jeremy Maclin is poised to make a big impact in Baltimore, but most of ESPN's reporters expect the No. 1 pick to be the top newcomer in 2017. However, don't sleep on John Ross.

Welcome to NFL hype week -
NFL fans need something to get excited about in July. SBNation is here to help.

Jabrill Peppers' guaranteed money is holding up Browns rookie contract -
The holdup with Jabrill Peppers signing his rookie contract with the Browns is guaranteed money, a league source confirmed for

Adolphus Washington arrested for improperly carrying concealed firearm - ESPN
Bills defensive lineman Adolphus Washington was arrested for improperly carrying a concealed firearm while at an Ohio water park.

J.J. Watt, Von Miller among top pass rushers I've scouted -
Watt. Ware. Peppers. Bucky Brooks has seen some of the NFL's greatest pass rushers during his nearly two decades in scouting. See how he ranks the top 10 he's evaluated.

Ranking all 32 first-round NFL draft picks based on snap count rate playing time in 2017 ESPN
Will Browns fans get to see much of No. 1 pick Myles Garrett in 2017? How will offseason shoulder surgery affect Takkarist McKinley's on-field time in Atlanta? KC Joyner ranks all 32 players drafted in the first round and their projected snap-count rates.

The PFF Foundation Draft: Who would you choose to start a franchise? | Pro Football Focus
If football were starting from scratch, who would you pick to start your team? How do you balance skill against age against position? Our PFF team gave it a shot.