Spartans Enter Second Week of Preseason Camp
Aug. 12, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State football team entered its second week of preseason camp on Monday with a workout in helmets and shells during a one-hour, 45-minute morning practice. The Spartans will return to the field for an evening practice as part of their two-a-day schedule, their second of preseason camp.
Before the morning practice, head coach Mark Dantonio visited with reporters and gave his thoughts on Saturday's scrimmage. The defense won the first jersey scrimmage of preseason camp, 28-22.
"I guess just like everybody, we're in the middle of the grind right now, into the second week," said Dantonio. "Our guys are doing very well.
"The energy was good (during the scrimmage). We went 120 plays and a lot of guys got a lot of plays, so it was a positive thing for us. I think our guys played hard; they always do."
Although Dantonio was pleased with the effort, he also expounded on some of the things he would like to see corrected in the next scrimmage.
"It's the unforced errors," he said on what stood out regarding the offense. "Maybe that's the first scrimmage; we try and put a lot of things in. There's a lot going on in everybody's heads, but when you jump offsides when it's second-and-1, it's frustrating. When you're on the 1-yard line, as we were, we have a mishandled snap, it's frustrating. When you have a missed opportunity to get in and lose the football, so no points come up, and that's what happened. If you take four plays out of it, which you can't, I think the offense did some good things, but you have to look at the whole picture."
In addition to Dantonio, assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi also shared his observations from Saturday's scrimmage following practice.
"It was our third day in pads (on Saturday), and really, the third day of tackling live," said Narduzzi. "I thought our tackling was better than I'd seen in the two previous days. I was a little worried we'd go out there in Spartan Stadium and not tackle as well, so we emphasized it and they really went out and tackled well. The enthusiasm was good and I think we executed pretty well.
"I'm most pleased with recall, coming back in, with what our defenses have been and what we've done," Narduzzi continued on what he's liked the most thus far in preseason camp. "Probably the most impressive thing is the way we've practiced and tried to stay up, just trying to keep people healthy."
Following Monday's two-a-day practice session, the Spartans will have a single day of practice on Tuesday morning.
MEET THE SPARTANS: Michigan State football fans of all ages are invited to attend the 11th-annual "Meet The Spartans," presented by Pepsi, on Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 5-8 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. Seventh-year Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and members of the 2013 football team will be available for autographs on the south concourse inside the stadium.
Parking is free (in Lots 79 and 62), and the stadium gates (Gates B and C) open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The format is similar to last year, as offensive players will be available for autographs from approximately 5:30-6:30 p.m. and defensive players from approximately 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dantonio will be available for autographs from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Due to time constraints, fans are limited to one autographed item per person, and requests for photos with players and/or Coach Dantonio cannot be accommodated.
The MSU cheerleaders and dance team will help distribute free schedule posters. Children also will have the opportunity to meet Sparty and pose for photos with the popular mascot. Fans also will have the chance to visit the playing field; take photos wearing a Spartan helmet, shoulder pads and jersey; tour the press box; and describe a memorable moment as the play-by-play announcer for the Spartan Sports Network.
The Spartan Sideline Shop will open at 4 p.m. for merchandise and apparel sales. Fans also will have an opportunity to purchase $5 wristbands from concessions to sample "A Taste of Spartan Stadium," including the popular chicken and waffles. In addition, the Spartan Ticket Office, located at Gate G, will be open, with $210 season tickets as well as $25 single-game tickets to the Aug. 30 season opener against Western Michigan on sale.
QUOTABLE: Below are additional quotes from Dantonio and Narduzzi on Monday.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio
On the quarterbacks' scrimmage performance...
On red-shirt freshman quarterback Tyler O'Connor...
On if the starting position at quarterback can still be earned...
On junior running back Jeremy Langford...
Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi
On who stood out of the back seven...
On who stood out at the scrimmage...
On his advice to new members of the defense...
On Micajah Reynolds...
On Damon Knox...
On Joel Heath...
On who might be second string at defensive end...
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