August 13, 2012

Dantonio expands on 'productive scrimmage'

EAST LANSING - Mark Dantonio would have liked to have seen more enthusiasm from his football team, but aside from that criticism the sixth-year Michigan State coach was pleased with what he saw on both sides of the ball during the Spartans' first scrimmage of training camp last Saturday.

"I'm not saying there was a lack of enthusiasm," said Dantonio, "but there is a difference between being all hyped up when you make a play, and just going back to the huddle. I think that's when you over-achieve. We have to get to the point that that's part of this football team. I think that comes from the leaders on this football team, from the players. A coach can jump around, but in the end it's the players on the field."

The Michigan State defensive earned the right to wear green jerseys in practice with a 74-54 victory over the offense in the first scrimmage of camp.

"Usually the defense is a little bit ahead, but offense made some plays," Dantonio said. "We had some third down situations and they made some plays, but on the back end of that the defense was tough to score on. When you are tough to score on you are going to win the scrimmage."

Dantonio was pleased with the play of first-year starter Andrew Maxwell and veteran tailback Le'Veon Bell.

"I thought (Andrew) Maxwell was sharp and delivered the ball well. Nice job by our corners and our wide receivers battling. (Le'Veon) Bell ran the ball well and our offensive line did a pretty good job protecting. We through a lot of things at our guys and lot of different situations, lot of live situations. All said and done, it was a pretty productive scrimmage.

"All said and done, it was a very productive scrimmage."

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