Stopping that Pesky Spread

"They have a similar offense like Bowling Green, so they're going to get a couple of catches here or there," standout defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic says. "But once you hit the quarterback, once you get in his face, once you start jamming those receivers, they're a one-dimension offense, so I feel that once you stop their flow a little bit, it'll be easier on us."

EAST LANSING –Teams that run the spread are going to have their moments of production on offense; the challenge for Michigan State this Saturday against Northwestern will be to make sure those moments are few and far between.

"They're gonna get a play here or there, they're gonna run that quick offense, you know, they're gonna get that ball off quick," defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic said. ""You just gotta stay with your mindset, stay with your game-plan and hopefully we'll just slow them down a little bit."

In addition to the scheme, coach Mark Dantonio sees a hungry, well-coached football squad itching to make a statement after a hard-fought game against Michigan last week.

"(Northwestern) responded very well against Michigan. They . . . played very well and had a chance to win that football game," Dantonio said at his weekly press conference, adding, "You look at them against the other teams, and they're going to spread you out, and they're going to play well. They're a well coached football team, and they're going to emphasize toughness. It's a program that's getting better."

Having already played the spread in a victory against Bowling Green should help the Spartans figure out the Wildcats, but only to an extent.

"We're going to do some of the same things that we did against BG," safety Travis Key says. "But, of course, they're watching the same thing. They're going to watch the Bowling Green game, obviously, and they'll try to pick out our weaknesses. So I'm pretty sure there are going to be some changes and what not, but we'll just leave that up to the coaches and just go out and execute the game-plan."

Saint-Dic concurs: "They have a similar offense like Bowling Green, so they're going to get a couple of catches here or there. But once you hit the quarterback, once you get in his face, once you start jamming those receivers, they're a one-dimension offence, so I feel that once you stop their flow a little bit, it'll be easier on us."

In the end, however, Saint-Dic says the most valuable asset of Michigan State may be patience and discipline.

"That type of offense, you just can't get frustrated," he says. "And once you have the quarterback like we had Bowling Green's quarterback, stumbling and not sure where the blitz is coming from, it's gonna be a good game for us."

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