April 12, 2012

Lippett out with ankle, Dantonio gives update

EAST LANSING - Sophomore wide receiver Tony Lippett went down with an ankle injury on Tuesday and might be out for the remainder of the spring, Mark Dantonio said during Thursday's pre-practice press briefing.

Lippett, who had bounced back and forth from wide receiver to cornerback in his first two years at Michigan State, was focusing on wide out for the first time in his college career, due to the Spartans' needs at that position. He was getting reps as a first-string wide out prior to the injury.

"Tony Lippett had an ankle and we may lose him for the rest of the spring, but we may not. We'll see," Dantonio said. "We lost him in the last practice so he is out but I think he has taken great strides."

Redshirt sophomore Keith Mumphrey and true sophomore DeAnthony Arnett are making progress with the ones at wide receiver as the Spartans try to replace graduates B.J. Cunningham, Keshawn Martin and Keith Nichol.


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"They are young receivers," Dantonio said. "As we go, we see good things but we are looking for consistency. What you have to remember is guys like Arnett is still a freshman and this is his first spring. Keith Mumphrey is in his second spring.

"A.J. Sims has been very solid and looks good out here, makes catches."

Arnett has petitioned the NCAA for immediate eligibility, based on the medical hardship of his father, after transferring from Tennessee.

"That petition has gone in, so we are just awaiting decisions," Dantonio said.

Sophomore Jeremy Langford began practicing at wide receiver on Thursday. He had worked at tailback through the first six practices of the spring. He played cornerback last year.

Dantonio said Langford is "too good of an athlete" to be mired as a No. 4 running back. Dantonio said they need to find ways to get Langford's play-making ability on the field.

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