Dantonio Post-Scrimmage

Spartan Digest
Posted Apr 13, 2013

The comments of Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio following Saturday’s second scrimmage of the spring.

Mark Dantonio had the following to say following Saturday’s second jersey scrimmage won by the offense 28-26.

“The offense played better and we ran the ball a little bit more effectively. I thought putting Riley Bullough at tailback complemented the other guys, Nick Hill and Jeremy Langford. The tailbacks did some positive things, including Nick Tompkins who made some plays out there as well.

Andrew Maxwell was sharp, and he took some hits. I sort of hold my breath a little bit because by keeping the quarterbacks live, they have to create (plays). Andrew took a big-time hit by Ezra Robinson, but he got up and played right through it. He took the team down the field and scored that same series. That was about as game-like a situation as one could make it.

“The offense moved the ball a little bit and had some big plays today. The play calls were good as well. It was a high energy, high intensity scrimmage. It got a little chippy out here at times because guys played on edge and each side played to win. Both sides really competed.

“The defense remains impressive. We have guys that will run and hit.

Joel Heath is a very good player for us. He’s a lot like Will Gholston in terms of his size and motor. So he’s going to have an opportunity to show those types of things next season.

“We’ll be in shells these next two practices (Tuesday and Thursday). The No. 1 goal is to remain healthy (in this final week of spring practice), and the second thing is to continue to improve. If we can do those things over the last three practices, it’s going to be good for our football team. The chemistry is very good and the guys have been resilient.”

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