Spartans Defense Retain Jerseys

The second "controlled" scrimmage between the Spartans offense and defense again saw the "D" victories with a 45-32 victory.

Saturday the Spartans took another step closer to the start of the 2010 season with the second jersey scrimmage of fall camp. With a 45-32 victory over the offense, Greg Jones, and crew again showed their strength and retained their control of the Green jerseys after 130-plays.

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.

"The linebackers were very active. Just looking at the stat sheet, Greg Jones, Eric Gordon, Chris Norman, Denicos Allen, Jon Misch and Max Bullough all played well."

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."

Kirk Cousins continues to have a solid camp going 13-of-21 for 128 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown grab by B.J. Cunningham.

Cunningham paced the receivers with five receptions for 67 yards, while Bennie Fowler pulled down four balls for 41 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown catch from freshman quarterback Joe Boisture.

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.


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