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Michigan State conditioning coach Ken Mannie keeps players strong for long run

Ken Mannie enters his 20th season as Michigan State's strength and conditioning coach. Matthew Mitchell / Special to Detroit News

As he enters his 20th season, Mannie has become a leader in his field and now runs an entire department, one that includes far more than a GA nobody could ever find. A staff of six work full time for Mannie, three on football. He also has a graduate assistant and two interns. More

Spartans snubbed on ESPN ranking of top defenses in college football

Ed Davis returns to a Spartan defense that allowed 13.2 points per game in 2013. John T. Greilick / Detroit News

Defensive efficiency is determined from a formula that includes three years of recruiting rankings, coaching tenure, returning starters, and defensive efficiency from previous years. More

Indiana stars Austin Mack, Auston Robertson surging as MSU targets

Austin Mack is rated a four-star recruit and the No. 12 receiver in the nation by Scout.com. Scout.com / Allen Trieu

While the offer to Mack is new, their recruitment of him is not, as he has been steadily in contact with them since a freshman season in which he broke out as a future star. More

Analyst: MSU's Branden Dawson will be among nation's 'most productive' players

Branden Dawson averaged 11.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 28.3 minutes last season. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State senior swingman Branden Dawson is predicted to be one of the 10 'most productive performers' in college basketball this season, according to ESPN's John Gasaway. More

Defensive battles highlight Michigan State's football camp

Sophomore Darian Hicks is the favorite to replace Darqueze Dennard at one cornerback spot for Michigan State. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

When preseason camp begins in a little more than two weeks, there will be plenty of key position battles to keep an eye on leading up to the opener against Jacksonville State on Aug. 30. More

SI calls Michigan State-Oregon best nonconference football game to watch

One Sports Illustrated writer calls MSU quarterback Connor Cook underrated. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

According to outgoing SI.com college sports writer Stewart Mandel, the Sept. 6 game at Oregon is tops because it is expected to be a study in contrasts. More

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