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Quotes from Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten leading up to Notre Dame.

What did Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten have to say about the way the Spartans have prepared for Notre Dame? Staten answered those questions and more in the latest edition of quote book.

On the bye week…
“We used the bye week to get an early jump and an early go on Notre Dame, which is, when you’re talking about a rivalry game, always a nice thing to do. We were able to get on the road and do some recruiting. We were able to get out and watch some games of guys that are either committed or we would like to commit or make final judgment on guys that we haven’t offered yet or rank them as such. It was a good week. It was strange. I don’t know the number, I heard it was three, of how many FBS schools have had a bye week in the last few years on second week. For us to be one of them, personally I think it stinks, but there is nothing I can do about it. I just have to play when they tell me to play.”

On how he spent his Saturday
“I went down to my alma mater (Miami-Ohio) and watched them take on Eastern Illinois. My father was a ’67 grad. They honored his class. They won the ’66 MAC title when he played down there, so they have a 50th reunion, which was neat to see. Also, to see guys that I once played with. So, that was fun to be down there. Not a fun result, but fun to be down there.”

On the positives the offensive line showed on film and rotating in six offensive linemen vs. Furman…
“Eight total, two just on extra point field goals, not in the rotation. We knew that going in. I have talked to some of the guys that will play this week and will play the next week. It is just understand that there are guys that needed to be soaked and this was the game to soak them. We used seven in our opener last year. We ended up using a lot last year. I thought we moved our feet. We traded off some blitzes. We did a good job of protecting the quarterback, likewise, any time you get a 100-yard rusher, the thing that I will continue to harp on with those guys is that there is always one more yard to be had. That is the thing that we need to execute this week. Whether it is the positioning of a hand, whether it is a foot going through, whether it is the timing that you come off of a double team. We will continue to push forward, as you guys that cover a lot of sports know, a lot of times the best improvement is from Week 1 to Week 2. Week 2 is actually the third week, so God willing it, it pulls over through this bye week.”

On if he has to prepare his guys for the talent they are going to face at Notre Dame…
“I don’t know. We go against each other a lot (in practice). Probably as much if not more than any other university that I am aware of. And by that I mean like game time. 1s on 1s, 2s on 2s. That part, we more than hold our own when we go to that. We’re going against, as you guys know, a pretty stout defense daily, even through this week. I am not real concerned about that. The biggest thing is that it gets loud in there. You have that 12th man and that crowd in there. And though they are very hospitable and very friendly to the people that are in the stands, from what I hear, they are kind of loud and obnoxious when we get on the field. So, we are going to have to fight that and make sure that we are ready for that.”

On how OT David Beedle performed…
“Winning. He had a winning performance. He had high-winning. His counterpart, Brian (Allen) graded All-Big Ten in his play. He played real physical, real dominant. Beedle had over 10 knockdowns over the course of 57 plays. He played physical, but you expect him to. What I loved to see from all of the guys was their hustle down field, more than in the past. They were going down, trying to get to the second level, trying to chase something from behind, find a safety, find a corner. If you go back and watch the game, you will see a lot of that, which was exciting.”

On if he was surprised by OL Miguel Machado’s performance…
“No, because we have seen it and it has been bits and pieces. He went into that Oregon game a year past and played 30-something plays and it was, ‘Oh, we had a new guy in there?’ You wouldn’t have even known that, but what happened was, he started letting his head take over rather than playing through the smoke, as we talk about in there. I think he has done a terrific job. He has tripled his knowledge of football and his abilities. Some day you guys will do a story, maybe you have, I tend not to read the newspaper this time of year, but his story is really neat if he will open up to you, because it takes him a while to trust you. He has a really cool story, so to see his successes really thrills me as a person.”

On the chemistry between OC Kodi Kieler and QB Tyler O’Connor…
“That is a real important part. Every time they are out there doing skelly, he and Brian and Benny would come and they would rotate. They would rotate with T.O. (Tyler O'Connor), Damion and Brian and get snaps and get snaps. The thing about the oddity of the sport is that you have to put this ball between your legs before anything else can happen. It is one of those odd rules in sports. Then you have got to face some 320 pound giant and move him where he doesn’t want to go. It is a tough position and thankfully I have a real tough guy in Kodi taking over that spot. Should something happen there, you have got Benny (McGowan) and Brian (Allen) who have both played a lot of snaps.”

On what the coaching staff translated from Cincinnati to Michigan State…
“The biggest thing is knowing there is two types of things. Things that need a rebuild and things that need a maintain. That is not only in the people you have within the program, because a lot of time you can rebuild with the people that are already there, they just have to change their mentality. The change is not only within the buildings within the community, it is within you guys because there is skepticism because there is, ‘We have seen this before.’ And how many people have said that? Going through that at Cincinnati with Coach D and then being able to get through that here with him, we understand. There is that core group of us that are still here with him that would jump on that grenade for him and for this program, and that is part of it. That is part of the rebuild. No matter where, if it was at Cincinnati, if it was here, up at Ferris State, I know Tony (Ferris State head coach Tony Annese) is doing great things there, it is about the culture. And I know that helps.”

On how the offense has evolved in the last 10 years with the way college football has evolved…
“It has to. It has changed. That is what still makes us unique, is that we still like to run power. We still like to go at you. That’s helpful because teams aren’t built for that. Teams are built for speed. Teams are built to stop the spread and the running around and the races and ghosts and motions and all of that. I think by us being able to put our hand in the dirt and line up with two tight ends and a fullback. He is a pretty good fullback, by the way, that young man that came in if you guys haven’t noticed. I tell him he’s a guard with privileges. Having a guy like (FB) Prescott (Line) who is going to get under your chin and stay on you. It is different and they don’t see it in practice, so it helps us.”


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