Spartans Head into Final Week of Preseason Camp
Aug 19, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio met with reporters Monday morning before practice to provide an update on the Spartans as they begin their third and final week of preseason camp. Dantonio talked about the competition at quarterback and what he's looking for from the position this upcoming week in practice.
The Spartans will return to the field for an evening practice as part of their two-a-day schedule.
On freshman quarterback Damion Terry...
We did go live on Saturday. We turned it up, went live and I think we needed to do that, especially with him (Terry). We needed to do that with some of the other quarterbacks as well. We probably went about less than half but more than a third of practice live.
As the scrimmage progressed, he did well with the threes. I sort of shrugged my shoulders and put him with the twos. Then, I sort of shrugged my shoulders and put him with the ones. It's not that complicated, you're going to play the guys that move the football down the field, that don't make mistakes and that can create. I've said that all along. He demonstrated that, so I hate to say that it's a four-man race or anything like that. Obviously, there are differences in terms of who has the most knowledge and things of that nature. This is about consistency over a period of time. You have to get people the opportunities and I've said that all along. I think that's refreshing, no pun intended, when a freshman gets that opportunity because it proves that what we say is correct, that we're going to give everybody an opportunity. We're going to try and be very consistent and fair about this in all respects. Our players hopefully understand that. We have a big practice today and everybody's going to get the opportunity.
On if Terry has a chance to start at quarterback...
On how practice will progress with the quarterback situation...
I've said before that I was very excited about our quarterback opportunities because I think we have four major college quarterbacks. They can all throw it. They all have size and ability, but the bottom line is what they do to be successful on the field and the best way they handle that is by past experiences and also by what's happening currently in scrimmage situations. We'll go a little bit live today or whatever we've got to do, but we're going to find out. Our players understand that and acknowledge that aspect. There are some other positions that are in that situation, but that's good for our football team. It shows we have depth. It shows we have options and that's exciting.
On the competition at other positions...
We're always a work in progress. We're aiming for next Friday.
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