Dec. 16, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State football team hit the practice field on Friday in the Duffy Daugherty Indoor Building as the Spartans began bowl preparations for Georgia. The No. 12 Spartans (10-3) and No. 18 Bulldogs (10-3) will meet in the 2012 Outback Bowl on Monday, Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. in Tampa, Fla., at Raymond James Stadium.
"We're excited about getting back to practice today," said MSU head coach Mark Dantonio, who met with the media before the afternoon workout. "We'll take our first step today and practice through next Tuesday, and then move it to the bowl game on the 26th.
"We have a great opponent in the University of Georgia. I have great respect for Mark Richt and the job that they've done there and all of the different things that they've been able to accomplish. Todd Grantham, their defensive coordinator, is a very good friend of mine. They're outstanding on defense. They have a great quarterback and a number of running backs. It will be a great challenge for us."
Friday's hour practice in shells marked the first time the Spartans have practiced since the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 3.
"Hopefully that's gone by us by now," Dantonio said when asked about the affects of losing the Big Ten Championship Game to Wisconsin. "We need to get ready for the next challenge. You have goals, and if you don't quite make that goal, you reassess things and you refocus yourself on your next goal. Our next goal is to win our last football game."
The Spartans will hold practices on campus through Tuesday before taking a break for the Holidays. Michigan State will leave for Tampa on Monday, Dec. 26.