O-line Prospect Thinks Team First

"I've just been working on my technique," Retzinger said. "We're running a whole new offense and defense this year so I've been trying to get those down. We're putting in the pistol this year, like Nevada runs."

With an offensive line that will need rebuilding over the next couple of seasons, Michigan State will be mining the recruiting circuit, looking to build depth and to discover hidden gems.

One player on the Spartan radar is Ricky Retzinger, a 6-foot 4, 265-pound offensive guard or center recruit from Lake Forrest (IL). He has made unofficial visits to Michigan State and hears from the coaching staff regularly, but could not make it to the camp the Spartans invited him to this summer.

In the meantime, Retzinger has been concentrating on working informally with teammates and improving his game, always with a mind on team first.

"I've just been working on my technique," Retzinger said. "We're running a whole new offense and defense this year so I've been trying to get those down. We're putting in the pistol this year, like Nevada runs."

And he also has been working on more than footwork drills. A weight training regimen is a regular part of his schedule.

"We're on, like, a three week break right now, and I'm just trying to get stronger," Retzinger said.

So what are the strengths of his game right now?

"I like run blocking a lot more, but I don't really get beat on pass blocking. I didn't let up one sack last year," Retzinger said.

Why is Retzinger such a fan of run blocking?

"It's just more physical," he said.

As the season approaches, many recruits prepare to record highlight film from the first few games to send to college programs. But Retzinger has a different take.

"I'm kinda thinking that I'm going to have to wait till the end of the season and send out a senior tape. Right now, I haven't been really active in recruiting because I've been worrying about the season coming up," Retzinger said. "We should do very good. We have three other guys that are being recruited D1."

With players like safety Miles Smith, WR Kevin Finney and DE Addison Sadewater, the Scouts should be playing in big games at the end of the season.


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