Practice Notebook (August 14)

The Spartans use a light-hearted prank to keep players and coaches on their toes, shedding some light on the front runners for the punt return job and more.

Michigan State is in its second week of camp and camp life can be tough on the players and coaches alike, so keeping things light is important. This video sheds good light on how they keep it light:

**Senior offensive tackle Fou Fonoti was on the practice field early with the offensive linemen, but didn't practice and was absent from the field during drills and practice.

After practice, Fonoti said he had a minor injury.

**Junior punter Mike Sadler was getting in some reps on the practice field early in the day and the group receiving them was pretty indicative of the narrowed down return men.

Redshirt freshman Andre Sims, sophomore Macgarrett Kings, freshman Darian Hicks and senior Darqueze Dennard were the four players catching the Sadler punts.

"I'm looking forward to doing it," Kings said. "I'm getting reps at it. Everyday me and Andre, Nick Hill and Darqueze Dennard, we are all getting reps right now so everybody's back there."

The inclusion of Hill likely was focused on kick returns, which Hill has been doing for a couple years. Hill also started last season as the punt returner, but struggled and was replaced by Sims.

**Redshirt freshman safety Demetrious Cox was known for his big hits coming out of high school at Jeannette (Pa.).

He said in fall camp he has gotten in a few good ones.

"I had a couple good hits on freshman R.J. Shelton, I had a good one on him," Cox said. "I had a couple good hits on Gerald Holmes, Nick Hill." **Senior linebacker Denicos Allen said the offensive line has looked good in camp thus far, even admitting to being pancaked once. He wouldn't say who it was, however.

"I have been pancaked once, I have to admit, but I'm not saying names," Allen said. "I've been blocked once. It's been a good camp so far.'

**Defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett was asked about the lack of defensive touchdowns last season and in part of his response, pointed out that last season they didn't have one.

When a reporter mentioned Dennard's return, which was called back following a Johnny Adams penalty, Barnett had a quick response: "No comment."


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