Michigan State was in the Top 10 only a few weeks ago and reached the College Football Playoff a season ago. Now the Spartans are 2-3 and could struggle just to make a bowl game. They will try to get their first Big Ten victory of the season Saturday against Northwestern.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio understands the frustration fans probably have.
“I guess my message to our fans is we’re working. We’re going to be strong, stay the course. Spartan fans are Spartan fans,” Dantonio said. “If you want to jump off the bandwagon a little bit, I understand, because people are fickle, success is fickle.
“But I think that we’ve built some equity around here hopefully. We’ve done it right. We’ve done it the right way. I think we’ve done it in a positive fashion and with class.”
Here are other updates from the press conference:
- Dantonio said quarterbacks Tyler O’Connor, Damion Terry and Brian Lewerke won’t talk with the media this week because he doesn’t want them to be peppered with questions.
- Dantonio on O’Conner, who has been the starter: “I don’t like setting a guy down. He’s a captain.”
- On the losses: “All three games are games that we’re right there. Our games have always been close. we’ve found ways to win them.”
- Could all three quarterbacks play? “We won’t know that until the end of the week.”
- Dantonio did not have any updates on injured players, although he did say senior linebacker Riley Bullough is close to returning. Bullough has missed the last three games with an undisclosed injury.
- Offensive coordinator Dave Warner will still be calling plays. “From my perspective, we won a lot of football games here. We’ve had some high-scoring offenses. We have three quarterbacks playing in the NFL. Wide receivers playing in the NFL, tailbacks playing in the NFL. It’s all about play calling and execution. But we’ve got to be productive.”
"if you want to jump off the bandwagon a little bit, I understand. Success is fickle." Dantonio to fans. #MichiganState
— Kevin Goheen (@CincyGoGo) October 11, 2016
Land of 10’s Luke Srodulski contributed to this report.