EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio addressed local media before the Spartans’ preseason practice on Monday and gave brief assessments of the Thursday scrimmage and the Big Ten Network visit on Saturday.
He then elaborated on the potential of freshman offensive linemen to play this season and named a player who has been standing out. Watch his full interview below.
On the Thursday scrimmage, won by the defense 27-24: “Really impressed how our guys competed. I think right now we’ve got a lot of competition at a lot of different positions. Certainly some guys have secured their positions as well. Staying healthy. I think that’s one of the big things we want to do at this point, so that’s a positive.”
On freshman offensive linemen, of whom he has specifically noted that guard Kevin Jarvis and tackle Jordan Reid will play: “I think two of them are going to play. We’ll see if three play. Those guys are big, athletic guys that from a strength and physical standpoint, they can measure up. It remains to be seen, can they handle all the different things, the little nuances with offensive line play changes and things like that at the line of scrimmage? But they’re doing a great job.”
On Brandon Randle, who came in as a linebacker and has transitioned to defensive end: “I think Brandon Randle’s a guy that you look at right now, and he’s a guy that you see doing some things at defensive end and at linebacker that give you an indication that he’s going to be a very good player for us.”
On how the defense won the scrimmage: “I thought defensively we were basically able to put them in long-yardage situations and because of that probably won the scrimmage.”