Defensively the linebacker position proved to be more than the offense could handle as Eric Gordon (9 tackles), Chris Norman (6 tackles/pass break-up), Jon Misch (5 tackles, 2.5 for losses/ 1 sack/ 1 QB hurry), and Jones (8 tackles/ two for losses/ 1 sack) made up the difference and Mark Dantonio took notice.
Not only did the backers have a good day, Dantonio praised the play of whole defense for the day.
"It was a physical scrimmage, but the day belonged to the defense. Defensively, we pressured the quarterback, played the ball well in the secondary and made stops on third down."
While Dantonio was quick to praise the defense he also knows his offense is coming along nicely.
"Offensively, we didn't commit any turnovers, so that's a positive. We also ran the ball with toughness this afternoon and that's important. We'll continue to focus on cleaning up the unforced penalties."
Larry Caper and Le'Veon Bell paced the running attack with Caper picking up 36 yards on nine carries and Bell with 32 yards on six carries.
While the clock is ticking down towards the start of the season, Dantonio was pleased with the overall outcome of the second scrimmage.
"Overall, I'm pleased because we were able to get work for the first, second and third team. So everybody was involved, and we came out of the scrimmage without any significant injuries. We have another week of preseason camp to go before turning our complete attention over to our first opponent, Western Michigan."
SpartanDigest.com will continue to follow the happenings of Spartans camp leading up to the official kickoff of the 2010 season.