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What did Michigan State Spartans coach Mark Dantonio say about Brian Allen and the Spartans offensive line?

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio must have thought he was seeing things as several of the Spartans offensive linemen shifted positions against Notre Dame and a few surprises received high level experience. What did Dantonio tell Spartan Digest about his linemen's play?

The performance of Michigan State junior offensive lineman Brian Allen and the rest of the Spartans offensive line did not go unnoticed by head coach Mark Dantonio.

In fact, Dantonio called the guys most people in football call the big uglies, athletic for their stellar performance against Notre Dame as the Spartans offense posted over 500 yards of total offense and not giving up a sack.

Dantonio told Spartan Digest what he saw from the Spartans offensive line.

“Brian’s (Allen) done a great job and he’s an outstanding offensive lineman for us,” said Dantonio.  “Coach (Mark) Staten has our guys play a lot of different positions up there you saw.  I saw Kodi Kieler at center, I saw him at right tackle and I saw him at left tackle.  Tyler Higby got involved as a redshirt freshman.  David Beedle played and obviously Brian Allen was playing right guard, he was playing center. 

“Guys were all over the place a little bit in terms of where they were playing but I thought they were playing very, very well.  We ran the ball effectively I think for 260 or so, zero sacks.  So I thought they got the job done and they were athletic doing it.  We had a lot of explosive plays.  I think we had seven plays over 20 yard passes and 15 yard runs.  So when you do those things, your offensive line is doing well and you have an opportunity to win.”

Playing multiple offensive linemen and getting younger players many didn't expect to see in such a big game only bonds well for the Spartans as they get ready to enter Big Ten play against Wisconsin on Saturday.


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