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Spartans Resume Holiday Bowl Preparations With First Practice in San Diego

Dec. 23, 2017

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s, the Michigan State football team held its first practice in San Diego on Saturday at Mesa College as the No. 16 Spartans resumed their preparations for the 40th annual San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl against Washington State.

MSU head coach Mark Dantonio was pleased with his team's effort, as the Spartans worked out in full pads for two-and-a-half hours, followed by a team lift.

"I think the biggest thing coming off a couple days break is you've got to get back to game condition as much as you can. We haven't played a game in almost a month, so you try to put as many live perspectives in to practice as you can without getting people hurt. That means you've got to bring your feet with you and run, you've got to run and react, so that's what we tried to get done today. We went for about two and a half hours, so it's a good day today," said Dantonio, as the Spartans practiced for the first time since last Monday in East Lansing. "We're excited to be in San Diego, we're going to get a little lift in after practice and then go to the beach for a little bit to see the Pacific Ocean. It's a beautiful day out here, the sun is shining and our guys are excited to be here."

The Spartans (9-3) held a total of six on-campus bowl practices before arriving in San Diego on Friday night.

Following practice, the team visited Mission Beach in San Diego.

The Spartans return to practice Sunday afternoon.

The 40th annual San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl is set for Thursday, Dec. 28 at 9 p.m. EST at SDCCU Stadium. The game will be televised on FS1.



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