Geiger "the guy right now" at kicker

Competition remains for Michigan State at the kicker spot, but the freshman is proving himself through the first three fall practices.

With Michigan State's fall camp just three days in, the kicker competition is far from settled, but head coach Mark Dantonio said freshman Michael Geiger is the leader at present.

"Geiger has looked good," Dantonio said. "I don't think he has missed yet. I pushed him in there with the ones and put pressure on him. He has kicked with the ones and he has alternated with the ones. He and (Kevin) Cronin have worked with the ones."

"Cronin has been pretty good, but I would say that after this morning's practice, Geiger is the guy right now. Like I said, we are three practices in, but has a strong leg and good technique and poise. Cronin has been good as well."

Special teams/linebackers coach Mike Tressel said Geiger has dealt with the pressure well so far in fall camp.

"So far this camp, he has handled it," Tressel said. "He is hitting the ball very well. But he is also a freshman, so it's tough. I like the way Kevin Cronin is developing. I think people were wondering if Kevin Muma would come out swinging, and I think he has come out swinging."

As the Spartans coaches look to put pressure on the freshman, Tressel said that is something Dantonio does well.

"Coach Dantonio does a great job of making those specialists feel on edge," Tressel said. "Really, you need to, because in a game, you don't know when you are going to be called upon and when you are called upon, it's usually a pretty critical situation, especially as tight as our games have been."

Tressel said that at the summer specialist camp last year, Dantonio put Geiger on the spot and he came through.

"We tried to put him under pressure there and he handled that," Tressel said. "He went through his routine and how we were evaluating each kid and he was out and his turn was done and about five minutes later, Coach Dantonio yelled out, ‘Geiger, you're out again.' So, he thought he was done for the day.

"He has shown us he can handle tough situations. That's what we were evaluating to begin with. That's why we like him. He plays other sports and he has been in those situations."


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