Dawson cleared to play in Big Ten tourney opener

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Branden Dawson was suffering from concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow to the face in Michigan State's win over Purdue March 4.

East Lansing — Branden Dawson was full-go at practice on Wednesday for Michigan State and the senior forward is completely cleared to play Friday in the Big Ten tournament.

The Spartans play the late game Friday and are still waiting on an opponent, but Dawson said he has felt good the last two days after missing the regular-season finale at Indiana on Saturday. Dawson was suffering from concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow to the face in the win over Purdue and tried to talk his way into the Indiana game, only to be held out by the doctors.

"He went full in everything except a couple of drills," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said after practice.

The only drill Dawson did not take part in was the "war" drill and he admitted he's not quite 100 percent, but he will try and provide the same spark he did last season when he led the Spartans to the Big Ten tournament title.

"I told him to do the same thing again this year," Izzo said. "People talk about March being my month, maybe March is his month."