Dantonio Happy With Start

The start of a new season has started and Mark Dantonio was excited about the first day as the Spartans prepare for the 2010 season.

It is a new season and Mark Dantonio and his staff welcomed several new players along with the veterans on Sunday as the 2010 season officially begins.

Monday, Coach Dantonio spoke with members of the media.

While the next few days will be filled with shorts, helmets and shoulder pads, the Spartans 4th year head coach was excited to talk about a couple of the new players who put on the Green & White for the first time.

"This is the first time we've been able to see some of our new guys. Being out here watching William Gholston move around, Mylan Hicks and Skyler Schofner we get excited."

While Dantonio was eager to talk about a few of the new players, it is what he expects from the veterans that matters most.

"We're looking for retention from our older guys. We don't want to get anybody hurt as we're out here in shorts, so it's just getting back into it and a lot of mental things right now."

One of the passages on the first day is the conditioning test every Spartan must pass. While there are a few that did not make it, Dantonio was extremely happy with the performance of the incoming freshmen who passed it for the first time in their career.

Over the next few days, the Spartans will practice getting ready for the first day of full pad workouts. According to Coach Dantonio, this is when many feel practice really begins.

While everyone was excited about several of the incoming freshmen, Dantonio warned the media to remember these are still young men just removed from high school.

While some may look at the next few days as wasted, the head coach stresses there are some things to take away from the early sessions.

"There is certainly a lot you can see in terms of how guys move and retention. You can see the quickness especially in skill guys."

While many of the media questions centered on several players, Coach Dantonio said the biggest thing players can do right now is be on time.

Tuesday is media day and SpartanDigest.com will be on hand.

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