New Michigan State co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner had the following to say after his offense came back to win the second jersey scrimmage of the spring 28-26.
“Certainly we were better (offensively) than we were last week. It always starts up front, and the run game was better than it was last week. If we’re able to run the football, it certainly helps everything sort of come together. The guys up front played pretty well and gave us a chance there (to win it) at the end. Andrew Maxwell and a pile of guys pulled through with the last drive.
“The toughness of Andrew Maxwell has never been a question. You look at last year and he went through a whole season and got beat around pretty good. He played the last regular-season game (at Minnesota) with a very badly bruised elbow. Sometimes, we take his toughness for granted. He sucked it up (after the hit on the final drive) and did a great job.
“Riley Bullough has made a quick transition because he’s only had a couple of practices at tailback. The idea heading into today’s scrimmage was to try and limit the (play) calls with him in there. We wanted to make sure that he knew what he was doing. I sort of lost track and just threw the whole offense at him, and he did good. He’s a smart kid, so he learns quickly. The quarterbacks in there helped him out a little bit too. So the bottom line is that he was running plays in there that we haven’t worked on before. So taking that all into account, he really did a great job.
“Tuesday will be a pretty good practice for us, and then Thursday will start winding down in preparation for the final scrimmage on Saturday. We’ve got a couple of things we want to install yet, so we can put the finishing touches on our offensive package. Next week, it’s really about polishing up some things from today’s scrimmage and correcting the mistakes. We want to conclude spring practice feeling good about our offense.”