April 11, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State football team held a brief 90-minute practice outside on Friday in preparation for Saturday's second spring jersey scrimmage. The offense edged the defense in the first spring scrimmage, 27-25.
Prior to the team's ninth practice of the spring, MSU head coach Mark Dantonio met with the media to give an update on the Spartans. He opened his briefing by giving his condolences to the Holsworth family for the loss of Lacey Holsworth earlier this week.
"First of all, our heart goes out to Lacey (Holsworth) and her family with her passing," remarked Dantonio, who said that all proceeds from the women's football camp held on campus Saturday will go to Sparrow Hospital.
Dantonio also commented that although the Spartans are coming off a Rose Bowl victory last season, there's much work to be done during spring practice.
"When you're coaching, there's always some issues that you have to figure out and different people that you're trying to work through and get experience," he said. "While quarterback is a little bit settled, there's remains a question of who is going to be the backup. (Tyler) O'Connor is playing pretty well, and Damion Terry has a lot of talent. And there's other positions open on this football team right now.
"It's always nice to come off of a great year. There's a lot of excitement and anticipation. But you have to get back to the grind - that's the message today."
In addition to getting ready for Saturday's scrimmage, the Spartan football program hosted a high school coaches clinic at the Skandalaris Football Center. The high school coaches attended a presentation by Dantonio, met with Spartan assistant coaches, and also watched practice.
Coverage of Saturday's second spring scrimmage will be available at msuspartans.com.