Cody White

Cody White declares for NFL draft
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Cody White, Michigan State’s leading receiver, declares for NFL draft

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One of Michigan State’s top offensive players from the past two seasons is heading to the NFL. Wide receiver Cody White declared for the NFL draft and will forgo his senior season in East Lansing. White announced his plans in a statement on his Twitter account on Friday.

“East Lansing will always have a special place in my heart,” White said in his statement. “With that being said, after a tough decision, I have decided to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL. I will be forgoing my senior season and will enter the 020 NFL Draft.”

White is coming off a 2019 season that saw him lead the Spartans with 922 yards and six touchdowns. He scored the eventual game-winning touchdown in Michigan State’s Pinstripe Bowl victory over Wake Forest. White also was Michigan State’s leading receiver in 2018 with 555 yards and his two touchdowns were second-most on the team while appearing in just nine games.

White enters a draft pool that is pretty deep with talent this year. NFL teams looking for wide receivers will have plenty of options available to them. Having some NFL family history is never a bad thing either. White’s father, Sheldon White, played six years in the NFL with the New York Giants, Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals. He later went on to be the Vice President of Pro Personnel with the Lions and was an interim general manager before leaving to join the Michigan State program in 2016 as an executive director of player personnel and recruiting when his son

Previously, Michigan State cornerback Josiah Scott declared for the NFL Draft as a significant amount of roster turnover continues for Michigan State through graduating players, the NFL draft and the transfer portal.

Michigan scores 17 straight points to lead Michigan State at halftime

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After falling behind in the first quarter, the Michigan Wolverines took charge against Michigan State in the second quarter with a 17-point outburst. A touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Nick Eubanks gave the Wolverines their first lead of the day and a late field goal by Quinn Nordin has given Michigan a 17-7 lead on their rivals from East Lansing at halftime in Michigan Stadium.

Michigan State scored first with a short pass at the goal line from Brian Lewerke to Max Rosenthal. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Wolverines responded with their first scoring drive of the afternoon. Hassan Haskins evened the game with a short touchdown run form the goal line on a drive that saw Patterson complete all four of his pass attempts to move the ball down the field. A personal foul penalty on the Spartans gave Michigan a free 15 yards along the way.

Silly penalties hurt Michigan State on their next drive as well. After a Lewerrke pass was complete to Cody White for a gain of 20 yards to the Michigan 37-yard line, the ball moved back to the Michigan State 48-yard line due to two unsportsmanlike penalties on White and Luke Campbell. The Spartans would later punt from the Michigan 49-yard line to end the drive.

Michigan’s defense seems to have control of this one going to the second half, and Michigan State’s offense may not have enough to make a game of this in the final 30 minutes. But we’ll see what goes down next!