MSU DL Cassius Peat ‘in flux,’ not practicing

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Riley Bullough talks to MSU teammates before practice on Monday.

East Lansing – As Michigan State’s defensive line continues to take shape nearing the end of week two of preseason camp, there is one player who hasn’t been in the mix.

Redshirt freshman Cassius Peat has not practiced and is not in camp with the Spartans, coach Mark Dantonio said on Thursday.

“Some of our guys, first of all, just because you’re on scholarship doesn’t guarantee you’re in camp, that’s No. 1,” Dantonio said. “No. 2 is some guys got to take care of some academic issues. And the third thing is, sometimes people gotta make the transition.

“So right now he’s sort of in flux right now. He’s not been suspended or anything like that. We’ll give him an opportunity to work on his academics and sort of get his stuff in order.”

Peat (6-foot-2, 264 pounds) redshirted last season after coming to Michigan State from Chandler, Ariz. He was the No. 3-ranked player in the state of Arizona as a senior at Corona del Sol High School.

Dantonio also said the process for determining whether or not linebacker Ed Davis will be granted a sixth year of eligibility begins after Thursday, the final day of summer classes.

“The process could take a day, it could take an hour. I’m not sure,” Dantonio said. “But we expect it to be quick.

“He’s had knee surgery so he’s gotta get his confidence back to play, but he’s a very, very good player, a very good person and has worked hard to get to this point, so we’re looking forward to seeing him on the field.”

Spartans cornerback Copeland is healthy, ready to fly