Dantonio Promises to Clean Up Penalties

Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio vowed that his team will clean up the "heat of the moment" penalites that plagued his team in their 38-31 season opening loss to California.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio vowed that his team will clean up the "heat of the moment" penalties that plagued his team in their 38-31 season opening loss to California.

While some have attempted to invoke the "same old Apartans" adage, referring to MSU penchant for drawing undisciplined penalties under former coaches Bobby Williams and John L. Smith, Dantonio said these were not undisciplined penalties.

"You look at penalties, and you ask, 'which ones were unforced?'", he asked. "How many times did we jump offsides? Well (Justin) Kershaw jumped offsides but we had no delay of game penalties and I don't think we jumped offsides on offense.

Dantonio went on to describe how the difference between a penalty and a great play is all about the execution.

"Mark Dell goes up to make a play and they call him for interference. Not only is it an incomplete pass but it's a 15-yard penalty. Roland's (Martin) trying to cut [block] a guy and he misses the guy, hits another guy who's already engaged and they call it a penalty.

We get a holding call. The guy (Cal's Jahvid Best) runs a reverse, and he runs a 10.3 (forty time). We're trying like crazy to get the guy down and I guess he grabs his face mask a little bit. [Another] guy's tangled up with an all-American center and tries to get him off of him," explained Dantonio.

"A lot of these are things that happened out there--some of them are judgement calls some of them are not. But you've got to play the game and play the situation out. Am I happy about it, no, absolutely not. But were not jumping offsides, we're not doing those kinds of things."

Dantonio doesn't want to take away his team's aggressiveness by overreacting, instead he talked about taking the action that made the most sense.

"What we have to do is correct the 'heat of the moment' penalties and get our hands down, you can't grab a face mask, but couple of these things are difficult to assess because it's sort of ...action...you know they happen in split seconds."


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