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Michigan State loses Brandon Sowards for 2017 season

The Spartans lose their top returner from last season.

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Michigan State WR/PR Brandon Sowards out for season with torn ACL |
Sowards was the returning starter but the Spartans struggled generating yards last season and had others competing for the spot. The redshirt junior returner and wide receiver arrived at Michigan State as a walk-on before earning a key role with the Spartans.

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Spartans lose Sowards, expecting AJ Arcuri back - 247
The Spartans will be without their main punt returner from last season, which means someone else will need to step up. "He will be missed," Dantonio said of Sowards, who took 15 punts for 94 yards (6.3 yards per attempt) last year.

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