Tag:Michigan State Football
Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:07 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 1:40 pm

MSU's DE suspended for spring game after arrest

Posted by Chip Patterson

Michigan State defensive end Corey Freeman will sit out of Saturday's spring game after being suspended for a weapon-related arrest earlier this week.  Freeman was ticketed Monday for driving with a suspended license and not disclosing to an officer that he was carrying a concealed weapon, according to the Lansing State Journal. Freeman had a permit for the firearm, but the failure to inform the officer could affect the penalty for the suspended license charge.

Freeman saw action in 11 games last season, but only totaled six tackles. He likely would have been part of the defensive end rotation, but was not projected to start in 2011. The Michigan State coaching staff divided up the seniors into Green and White teams, then let them hold a "draft" for the underclassmen to fill out the rosters.

"It's fun for our players," said head coach Mark Dantonio, who served as the commissioner of the draft. "It gives everybody an opportunity to draft people, and they're doing a good job every year. I think they try and find out who can play as many positions as they can and who are the versatile players, and where's the big gap between certain players. I think you saw that there's some guys that the players feel like are pretty close. It creates excitement and enthusiasm, and that's half the football game, so I think when you bring that to the table a little bit, you get a more competitive atmosphere."

The Green-White game will be held in Spartan Stadium Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. CT.
Posted on: October 25, 2010 5:43 pm

Suspended MSU CB jailed for violating probation

Posted by Chip Patterson

Michigan State cornerback Chris Rucker was a crucial piece of the Spartans defense until he violated his probation by operating a vehicle while intoxicated earlier this month.  Head coach Mark Dantonio quickly issued an indefinite suspension for the senior, who was already on probation for his involvement in an on-campus fight less than a year ago.  

While his Spartan teammates spend the week preparing for one of the biggest games of the season at Iowa, Rucker is with his new teammates at Ingham County Jail.  East Lansing District Court Judge David Jordon said Rucker pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving, and will be released on Thursday after serving an eight day sentence.  He also received two additional years of probation as part of the plea agreement.  

The Spartans have moved on without Rucker on the field, and Dantonio has them focused on defending their undefeated record in Iowa City on Saturday.  The jailing should not serve as a major personnel issue on the field or off-field distraction for Michigan State, though it is unfortunate for Rucker.  He was a preseason All-Big Ten selection, and had already started his senior season with strong performances against Notre Dame and Wisconsin.  

Rucker's role with the football program in the future is yet to be determined, and Dantonio is not expected to address the issue until his weekly news conference on Tuesday.

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