Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio addressed the media after spring practice on Tuesday as the team prepares for its Green White scrimmage on Saturday.
The coach touched upon a number of subjects, but lots of them were related to the spring game and practice so far.
Here is some of what he said, transcribed by Spartan Nation’s Hondo Carpenter.
In terms of the format for the spring game, Dantonio said it’ll be much like last year with no draft, just offense against defense with different points put in.
“I think we get more out of it from a team standpoint when we look at film and we can build on the things there,” Dantonio told the media. “So we’ll play it in that confined type way we did last year, but I think it will be competitive and I think last year went down to a kick maybe, so makes it exciting for everybody.”
The coach also noted that there will be a youth clinic and a baseball game on that day and tempered expectations for the scrimmage itself.
“You know, you get a chance to watch the 2018 Spartans which you got to make up your own assessment,” he said. “There’s going to be some good, some bad, there always is, but what I look for is guys playing hard, playing with a lot of excitement and I think we’ll do that.”
Dantonio then added that while his team isn’t playing against a true opponent, he’s liked what he’s seen in terms of mindset, not settling and working every day.
He also touched on a number of individual players and coaches and addressed having new coaches in detail.
“I think any coach you bring in is different,” Dantonio said. “Different ideas and brings something new to the table and I think it keeps us fresh. We’re always trying to look for new ideas, things to implement and we’ve always done that and we’ll continue to do that. But they’ve brought a different perspective, just like everybody. We miss the guys who were here before but at the same time, there’s always an opportunity to get better.”