What followed was 11 starts at right tackle where the Lakewood (CA) native did not allow a sack.
How are things different in year two?
"I feel more comfortable," said Fonoti. "Last year when I came in it felt so new to me and felt like a big step. So I was a little hesitant on a lot of things, but I continue to lean on older guys such as Chris McDonald so I feel more comfortable but still have a lot of things to work on. But I feel we're going to have a great O-line."
One area Fonoti knows he's improved came from off season work in the Spartans strength program under Ken Mannie.
"Right now I'm about 298-300-pounds," said Fonoti. "So I feel I got stronger and Coach Mannie did a great job with winter conditioning program. It was brutal, but I feel we've worked very hard and I feel I got somewhat stronger. Now I'll see if I can incorporate that onto the field."
Listed as the No. 1 right tackle on the spring depth chart, Fonoti will have to continue showing improvement as the Spartans expect him to be pushed by redshirt junior Henry Conway who saw his first game action last season after fighting injuries during the 2010 season.