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Mark Dantonio made it official that defensive lineman Cassius Peat is on the outside of the program looking in at this time.

The members board of Spartan Digest has talked about the status of Cassius Peat for the past few months. Thursday, Mark Dantonio gave more insight on what is happening with the Spartans defensive lineman.

The Michigan State Spartans have now completed thirteen practices heading to their season opener.  Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio gave more insight on one of the Spartans top young defenders when he spoke with the media.

Cassius Peat is listed as the Spartans second-team defensive tackle behind redshirt freshman Raequan Williams.

But Dantonio gave the latest on the 6-foot-3, 264-pound tackle and it didn't sound too promising.

"Some of our guys, first of all, just because you are on scholarship doesn't guarantee you are in camp," said Dantonio.  "Number two is, some guys have to take care of some academic issues.  And then the third things is, sometimes people have to make transition.  So, he (Peat) is sort of in flux right now.  He has not been suspended or anything like that (hasn't practiced in preseason camp).  I have given him an opportunity to work on his academics and sort of get himself in order."

This is not the first time a player has been looking in at the program while coaches place pressure on them to make life changes to return to the good graces of the program.  For the most part these situations never work out and players end up out of the program.  

Spartan Digest did not list Peat as one of the 52 Spartans to watch this season for this reason as members of Spartan Digest have seen talk of Peat being on the outside looking in.


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