August 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

Michigan State, coach Mark Dantonio continue to 'dream big'

'Do we talk about the national championship?' MSU coach Mark Dantonio asked at his opening news conference Monday. 'We are going to dream big.' (Dale G. Young / Detroit News)

East Lansing — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has preached to his team about handling success.

From the time the Spartans won the Big Ten title in 2010 to its championship last year that was followed with a Rose Bowl victory, Dantonio has hammered home that approach in his team. And it’s no different heading into 2014.

“Do we talk about the national championship?” Dantonio asked at his opening news conference Monday. “We are going to dream big. … You always want to go farther than you did before. That's human nature.”

Further for the Spartans would mean a spot in the College Football Playoff and a shot at that national championship. But as much as Dantonio will push his team to reach that goal, he also is quick to emphasize it won’t happen easily.

“If we don’t do things one game at a time, we have no chance,” Dantonio said. “None of getting back to where we have a springboard to go farther.”

Michigan State reported for preseason camp on Friday and held its first practice Saturday. The Spartans should be in full pads by Wednesday in preparation for the opener against Jacksonville State on Aug. 29.