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March 28, 2011EAST LANSING - Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and his coordinators Pat Narduzzi and Dan Roushar met with members of the media to discuss developments in the Spartan football program one day before the onset of spring football.
After Dantonio and his two coordinators answered questions, SpartanMag.com staffers Jim Comparoni and Paul Konyndyk sat down and discussed some of the key developments from the press conference.
After sorting out football developments, Comp and PK turn their attention to basketball and the impending transfer of sophomore center Garrick Sherman. Sherman made the decision to transfer from Tom Izzo's program after discussing his future with his family during a visit home last weekend.
A Top 5 player in Indiana as a senior at Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers, Hammock was moved to fullback as a red-shirt freshman after gaining too much weight to effectively play linebacker for the Spartans. Hammock has worked hard to shed excess pounds and is trimmed down to 227 pounds at the onset of spring football.
Hammock is listed as the No. 2 Mike linebacker behind Steve Gardiner. Sophomore Max Bullough is listed as the No. 3 Mike linebacker at the onset of spring. Bullough's status as third-stringer is temporary. His temporary demotion is disciplinary in response to an off-the-field incident during spring break.
The trio of Hammock, Bullough, and Gardiner give Michigan State a strong foundation inside as the Spartans look to replace the production of All-American Greg Jones.
Sims missed all of last season after being suspended indefinitely for a minor role in a stolen laptop computer ring. The former Orchard Lake St. Mary's star had been expected to be a star for the Spartans in 2010 coming of a freshman season in which he caught 12 passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns.
Sims was named an All-Big Ten freshman by Rivals.com and the Sporting News.
This spring Anderson is the frontrunner to earn a starting spot at fullback. Anderson will have completion from a handful of others at fullback. But at the onset of spring Anderson is the favorite to earn a starter's role.
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VCast: Comp and PK on Spring Football