Scott Reed - Spartan Digest

No Surprises In 2nd Michigan State Scrimmage

It should have been no surprise when it was announced the Michigan State offense had won the second scrimmage of the preseason. For those that have followed Mark Dantonio's head coaching career he always seems to find a way for his teams to feel good about themselves on both sides of the ball.

The Michigan State offense stepped up to the challenge Saturday as they walked out of Spartan Stadium with a 34-18 win over the defense during a 155 play scrimmage that included work on special teams.

Who did Mark Dantonio point out as top performers?

1. Running Back Madre London - “I thought Madre London played very, very well.”

2. All Three Quarterbacks - “Our quarterback play was excellent. All three quarterbacks played well. Connor Cook played extremely well early, and the other two guys (Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry) played well as well.”

Dantonio stressed he used the scrimmage to get looks at as many players as possible and will use a few more days to work on guys wearing the green and white before turning there attention to season opening opponent Western Michigan.

“We need to sort of change gears a little bit (next week) and get off (concentrating on) ourselves and move to our first opponent, Western Michigan. We need to finish up some (game) situations; go back and (review) them a little bit more. We also need to study ourselves and make sure we're playing the right guys.


Is Dantonio and his staff hiding a secret that will not get exposed until the season kicks off? That is the question on everyone's mind as for the second consecutive scrimmage the Spartans failed to release stats from the day.

Dantonio has always been good at keeping things close to the vest and if there is a big surprise at kickoff against Western Michigan, it will be the best kept secret in the state of Michigan.

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