Week Two: Offense Still Ahead of Defense

Week Two: Offense Still Ahead of Defense

With just two weeks to go before the tough season opener on the road against the California Golden Bears, Michigan State's offense seems to be right where they need to be, but the defense has some work to do.

EAST LANSING - With just two weeks to go before the tough season opener on the road against the California Golden Bears, Michigan State's offense seems to be right where they need to be, but the defense has some work to do.

The Spartans' offense won the team's first fall scrimmage and head coach Mark Dantonio says he's pleased with the work MSU is getting in early.

"Everybody got reps, including our young players," said Dantonio of the scrimmage.

"I thought we saw some good things from our quarterbacks. They were very sharp. It's probably as good a scrimmage with our quarterbacks that we've had when you look at the scholarship guys. I thought Hoyer was sharp, the same with Cousins, very sharp. We caught the ball really well."

Dantonio also was pleased with the play of the receiving corps, including redshirt freshman B.J. Cunningham, who early on has the look of a breakout performer.

"I thought (B.J.) Cunningham had some nice plays out there, the tight ends caught the ball well and the running backs caught the ball well. I thought they executed pretty well in the passing game," said Dantonio.

Overall, the head man said he likes the team's spirits. "(There were a) Lot of good things in practice yesterday. I think the aggressiveness and attitude was good."

On the other side of the coin, the coach noted the work that's needed on defense.

"We have to eliminate big plays," commented the coach, "but with that being said, it's really tough because on the other side of it you want to see some big plays."

Still, Dantonio pinpointed the problem that he sees early on.

"Defensively, we've got to communicate, the attention to detail has to be better on the back end. We're battling some hurt guys right now so we've got to rectify that, they're a little banged up."

GoSpartans.net will continue to bring you daily coverage of the Spartans in their run up to the opener with the University of California, including reports from the Cal Bears training camp.

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