Aug. 14, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - With the Big Ten Network in attendance, two-a-days opened for the Michigan State football team on Saturday. In the morning, the Spartans went in full pads, while for the afternoon practice they donned shells.
The Big Ten Network was on hand for the afternoon session to tape a 60-minute "Big Ten Football Preview" special on Michigan State, which will debut on Friday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. EDT.
The "Big Ten Football Preview" - hosted by Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith - provides on-the-field analysis of each team's top newcomers, rising stars, important position battles and 2010 schedule. The show gives an inside look at a Spartan practice and also includes interviews with head coach Mark Dantonio, quarterback Kirk Cousins, wide receiver Mark Dell and linebacker Greg Jones. East Lansing was the fifth stop thus far on the crew's tour of the Big Ten.
"This looks like the deepest team Mark Dantonio has had," said DiNardo. "You have leadership with Kirk Cousins and Greg Jones. I spent most of my time with the offensive line because I think that's going to be a key this season, and I thought they've made a lot of progress."
Griffith noticed the depth of the team and the leadership abilities of Cousins and Jones.
"Physically and athletically, this team looks a lot better than I've seen in the past," Griffith said. "One of the things that really shows that is the depth of this team. I think this team is on pace to get some big things done this year.
"From a leadership standpoint, it looks like Kirk has great command of his team, and also what's going on with the offense. The fact that Greg is working hard every day out here at practice is really the best way to show you're a leader."
The Spartans will hold their eighth practice of preseason camp on Sunday (Aug. 15) before conducting its first preseason scrimmage on Monday (Aug. 16) in Spartan Stadium. Under NCAA legislation, prohibiting consecutive two-a-days, the Spartans will alternate between double sessions and a single workout through Thursday, Aug. 26 before taking a three-day break, Aug. 27-29. All practice sessions are closed to the general public.