Cox spoke about some of the adjustments that the Michigan State coaching staff have made and what they hope to accomplish tommorrow against the Buckeyes
"You get each position coach close to their players, like we are and you get a feel for which guys need to be jump started or set aside a little bit, that's part of coaching. I think right now our guys are positive they have a good practice, they're in to it, they're excited, we're positive, there's a lot of things to go for," said Cox.
Cox said MSU needs to accentuate the positives and eliminate some of the negatives. ``We told the guys that one of our goals is to have 400 yards of offense against the opponents. On the other side, there isn't one team on our schedule of our six games left that has gotten 400 yards on this defense, so that from itself is a positive."
The veteran defensive coach said giving up the big play is really hurting MSU.
``Obviously giving up the big play is something that has hurt us and we've been trying to eliminate since we started spring practice a year ago. You look at the long pass against Greg Cooper in the Illinois game, the ball was fumbled the receiver stops, he kinda looks back real quick and he catches up, he's right there, he doesn't make the play and its an 80-yard touchdown," Cox said.
He also talked about the play against Michigan's Mario Manningham in the Michigan loss. ``Last week, Demond [Williams] gets beat, he's (got the guy) covered, tips the ball and the guy catches it. That's what we're trying to eliminate. We are making strides at getting that done."
Cox said the use of the wristbands has helped cut down on the mental breakdowns and he hopes that continues against Ohio State. The coach said those are the things that can make the difference in a win or a loss.
He said he expects weakside linebacker David Herron, Jr. who suffered a concussion to be ready to go in this week's game against the Buckeyes.