Spartans go live in practice to prep for OSU

Freshman quarterback Terry taking hits to help MSU get ready for Miller, Buckeyes in Big Ten Championship Game.

It didn't long for Michigan State to decide to go live this week in practice to prepare for Ohio State.

In fact, it was declared in the Spartans' post game press conference after beating Minnesota last Saturday.

Coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday that the Spartans felt the need to make sure they tackle well against a tough running attack from Ohio State with Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde.

"We've got to tackle well," he said. "I think we've tackled pretty well throughout the season. (Going live) should give us enough experience to do that well on Saturday.

"You have to get that mentality right, so we're going to get the mentality right as move forward."

After seeing on Twitter that MSU would be going live, freshman quarterback Damion Terry – who leads the scout team – tweeted "Everyone pray for me."

"He's a funny guy," defensive end Shilique Calhoun said. "He's going to make things happen. I'm pretty sure he'll make plays out there, too.

"He's not going to make it easy on us, I know that for sure. And I thank him for that because we don't need anything easy."

The Spartans went live during practice Tuesday, which defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said was good – and that it was live on all positions, not just the quarterback.

"It was good (Tuesday)," Narduzzi said. "It was so good we probably got to slow down a little bit today. But it was very good."

To give the Spartans the best preparation for Miller and Hyde, others have gotten into the mix on the scout team, too. Namely, freshman wide receiver Trey Kilgore, who played quarterback in high school, as well as linebacker Ty Hamilton at running back.

"(Gerald) Holmes is giving us a good look," Narduzzi said. "Ty Hamilton also at tailback just to give us a bigger, downhill guy. He's more of a fullback but he runs well. Then Trey Kilgore also is doing a good job with Terry so we've got two of them.

"We are gonna beat them up but at least take it easy on one. Trey Kilgore was a quarterback in high school so he does a good job. So we hit that guy them put him in and say let's hit him for a little while."

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