Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says he doesn't see a scenario right now where he'll use another quarterback other than Connor Cook. (Dale G. Young / Detroit News)
East Lansing — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio admitted his weekly press conference Tuesday was a bit of relief.
After last week's 26-14 victory over Iowa, the continuous questions about the offense, and more specifically the quarterback, were replaced by how the Michigan State's defense will prepare for this week's matchup with an up-tempo Indiana team.
"I can't remember, it's been awhile," Dantonio said with a smile when asked if he can remember the last time he wasn't answering multiple questions about his struggling offense.
Following Connor Cook's best performance of the season – he threw for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns — and the impressive play of the wide receivers — specifically Bennie Fowler and Macgarrett Kings Jr. — the offense appears to have found its footing.
And while that's never been a question for the No. 1 defense in the nation, the Spartans will at least see a bit of a different approach this week from the Hoosiers.
"Statistically we're playing extremely well," Dantonio said. "The key is, do you play well against every football team that you play? Every football team that you play against is gonna bring a little bit different mentality or concept or the way they do things, so you have to be able to adjust every single week. This week is gonna be different than next week, it's gonna be different than Illinois, it's gonna be different than the following week.
"The ability to adapt and change as you move forward in your schedule is key to your success. Thus far we've been able to do that … We've got to continue what we've been doing and answer the bell every week."
Dantonio added he doesn't see a scenario right now where he'll use another quarterback other than Cook. Andrew Maxwell and Tyler O'Connor continue to share the backup role.
He also said defensive tackle Lawrence Thomas, who has not played this season but traveled and dressed at Iowa, could play this week. His status will be determined by Thursday.