Spartans Ready for Second Preseason Scrimmage
Aug 16, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State football team is eagerly anticipating the second scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
On Friday morning, under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s, the Spartans conducted their final practice before Saturday's scrimmage and the 16th overall of camp.
Prior to practice, Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio gave an update on the team as it preps for live action in the scrimmage. Dantonio talked about his expectations for the scrimmage, the possibility of playing three quarterbacks, and changes to the depth chart since the beginning of camp.
"We're constantly in an evaluation process of who's going to play, that type of thing," said Dantonio. "I think most of what we've got in for the summer camp or what we've wanted to experience situation-wise, we've done. It's basically about getting our players out on the field and providing a game-like situation as we can for everybody involved.
"I think you make decisions after the scrimmage somewhat (on the depth chart), but you also let things play out through the next week a little bit. I think you can get an idea of these are the guys we're going to have work with people, especially the young guys who haven't had an opportunity as much, maybe because they weren't here in the spring or whatever reason."
Although the team is in the "dog days" of preseason camp, according to Dantonio, he is still pleased with his team's effort and feels like they are responding.
"I think we are in those days where you've just got to get up and get ready to push yourself through it," said Dantonio. "Our guys have done an outstanding job in coming to practice every day, leaning on each other, and doing it with a lot of emotion. It's been a great camp and we're trying to get our guys work, rest and lifting, if that's possible, but there are only so many hours in a day.
"I really feel like we have strong leadership on this football team. This is a special team, I feel, with a special group of people and it keeps re-establishing that fact daily in what you see and the way they've handled situations."
In the first jersey scrimmage, the defense came out with a 28-22 victory.
BTN PREVIEW SHOW ON MICHIGAN STATE TO AIR SATURDAY: BTN will air the Michigan State Big Ten Football Preview show Saturday (Aug. 17) at 8 p.m. The 30-minute show will feature BTN's Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith, as they measure the team's progress for the quickly approaching 2013 Big Ten football season. The show will include interviews with head coach Mark Dantonio, assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Dave Warner, and several players. For more information on BTN's Big Ten Football Preview Tour go to BTN.com/Tour.
QUOTABLE: Below are additional quotes from Dantonio on Friday.
On the possibility of playing three quarterbacks (Andrew Maxwell, Connor Cook, Tyler O'Connor)...
On Tyler O'Connor...
On changes to the depth chart...
Riley (Bullough) is still a one, but those guys at running back are pretty evenly distributed, but guys get nicked up a little bit and don't get as many carries. All three of those guys have been making plays. I've been really impressed with the two freshmen (Gerald Holmes, Delton Williams) that have been there as well.
On the kicker position...
I think Muma has taken a big step forward. I think his confidence is really high right now. It's displaying itself, I think he's 22 out of 24 right now.
On the process of naming captains...
On the right guard position...
On expectations for the season...
On depth of roster and if any freshmen will play...
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