Spartans Hold Second Practice Before Spring Break
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan State football team held its second practice of the spring on Thursday afternoon inside the Duffy Daugherty Football Building.
After a beautiful, sunny day on Tuesday with temperatures in the high-50s to begin spring practice, the Spartans were inside on Thursday as temperatures dropped back to the low-30s and a few inches of snow fell in the East Lansing area.
The Spartans still worked out for more than two hours indoors in helmets, jerseys and shorts.
"There was a lot of retention by our players the first two practices," said Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio as he recapped the week. "We have a lot of guys back who have played a lot of football for us, and it showed. There's only so much you can do in shorts, but we put them in several active situations. Guys are getting repetitions. All of the quarterbacks threw the ball well, we caught the ball well, and you see guys making plays.
"We'll find out more as we get into pads. They will have a week off to get their legs back a little bit; we had a lot of running in these practices. I thought it was a good start."
After getting a jump start on spring ball, the Spartans will take next week off for spring break before practice resumes on Tuesday, March 13.
"We had never practiced prior to spring break, but we had practices last year before break and we liked it," Dantonio said. "I think it gets them thinking about football before they leave, and keeps them thinking about football when they're on break. Same with the coaches. It gives us a chance to think about things and let it sink in a little bit. It sort of splits it up for us."
The Spartans will hold their annual Green-White Spring Game, presented by McLaren Health Plan, on Saturday, April 7 at 5 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on BTN and BTN2Go.