Baldwin wants more points in redzone

With a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback, three star quality running backs and a stable of wide receivers the envy of the Big Ten, Michigan State offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin wants more points out of each opportunity he gets when his team enters the red zone.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State University offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin isn't going to be satisfied with kicking field goals in the red zone.

With a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback, three star quality running backs and a stable of wide receivers the envy of the Big Ten, Baldwin wants more points out of each opportunity he gets when his team enters the red zone.

"Mentally, we've got to take it down and execute and do the things that we're capable of [doing]. We missed on some opportunities to score touchdowns and we can't do that. Then we've got to take away from the turnovers. If we eliminate the turnovers, then we're OK down there. Then the field goal kicker has just got to take care of his business and we're not going to worry about that."

While MSU believes their kicking game will be much improved with the arrival of freshman Brett Swenson and kickoff specialist Todd Boleski, they really don't want to see either of the two on the field - unless its for a conversion attempt.

Baldwin has instituted a new 80% policy for offensive efficiency.

"If you're in the redzone five times you're allowed 35 points, well you want to score 80% of that 35 points. If you kick five field goals, you're not reaching that 80%. We can kick all the field goals in the world but that's not going to gives us wins. We have to have 80% of the redzone production points available for us."

With a group of star quality players that have a lot of playing experience, look for the Spartans to score even more than their blazing 33.8 points per game average from a season ago.


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