One thing he hasn't seen is the Spartans atop the Big Ten and he won't see it this year if State turns in another stinker of a performance like they did Saturday.
Stanton agreed with comments from senior defensive tackle Cliff Ryan, that the Spartans need to turn it up if they expect to succeed against their Big Ten opponents, but he took it a step further.
"I didn't hear (the comments), but its definitely true," said Stanton. "For the remainder of our games, we can't expect that kind of effort and output in order to be successful and be where we want to be."
Stanton said Michigan State is fooling themselves if they believe that EMU will be a soft touch. "Eastern Michigan is going to come in here and they're going to be ready to play and we have to continue to get better each week."
He then evaluated the rest of the Michigan State schedule. "Pittsburgh just did a real good job with Virginia and obviously (the rivalry with) Notre Dame. So I don't think that (caution) just extends to the Big Ten, it's to our entire schedule. Anybody on there is capable of beating us if we don't come out and play with an abandon like we need to."
Last year John L. Smith was quoted famously for his comments after a botched field goal attempt was returned for a touchdown by Ohio State. Smith said "the kids are playing their tails off and the coaches are screwing it up."
Stanton said, the bottom line is the players have to play. "You need people to step it up who are wearing the green jerseys, who are out there and who can make an impact."
He believes the coaching staff is getting their work in and now the onus is on the players.
"The coaches put the preparation in Sunday through Friday and then you get a chance to go out there and execute that stuff on Saturday's," the fifth-year senior from Farmington Hills, MI. said.
"That's what it comes down to, those eleven guys who are out there coming together and being able to play and do whatever is asked of them on each given play and do it to the best of their ability with as much effort as they can."
That starts on Saturday because he believes the Eagles will play tough for several reasons.
"Playing against a smaller conference school you always have to be leery," he said. "Some of the kids are from Lansing and stuff like that, there's always that chance to say 'I'm going to go out and prove to them, why didn't they recruit me?'"
While he respects what the Eagles will bring to the table, Stanton says MSU will bring a similar intensity.
"It's no doubt they'll be working a little bit harder, especially because there's those in-state guys and they feel like they've got something to prove. But everybody should feel like they've got something to prove on Saturday's, that's why you play it."