Offensive line impressing Dantonio

Group has shuffled around early in the season, but showed well against Notre Dame

Michigan State might be struggling offensively, but the offensive line has been a bright spot for the Spartans.

Coach Mark Dantonio said he has been impressed with the group up front, even with some shuffling around.

"Last Saturday, the quarterback got hit six times," Dantonio said. "If you're not getting hit, you've got a chance to make good plays. We were able to run the ball as well, so we worked some different deals in there."

The Spartans have consistently played seven offensive linemen through the first four games – eight including Jack Allen, who came back from an injury against Youngstown State.

Dantonio said part of the shuffling – mostly at offensive tackle – is trying to get people opportunities who deserve them.

"We've done the shuffling around because I think Fou (Fonoti) is a senior and he deserves to be in there some," Dantonio said. "Jack Conklin's a redshirt freshman that's continued to grow, as is Donavon Clark continuing to grow. We've got Travis (Jackson) who has played a lot of football for us and Jack can go in at different positions."

As Fonoti, Conklin and Clark have rotated at the two tackle spots, Dantonio said it's part of the goal to establish a top seven guys.

"You're gonna have some injuries but I think it's also important that whoever's in there is on the same page with each other and feels comfortable with that," he said. "If you've got five, that's great. If you've got six, that's better. If you've got seven, that's even better. But I consider all those guys starters. They've played enough football to be considered starters."

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