MSU coach on second string quarterbacks and MSU's one-on-one competition.


East Lansing — Michigan State held its annual media day on Monday, three days into preseason camp.

And with a preseason No. 6 ranking next to their name, the Spartans have certainly set lofty goals heading into the 2015 season.

"Our goals are very high," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "I don't go into the season saying, 'I think we're gonna lose these two games.' "

That, of course, is the amount of games they lost last season, and the charge this season in the difficult Big Ten East will be to wipe those off the ledger. It will be tough with road games against Ohio State and Nebraska, as well as a visit to Spartan Stadium from Oregon, but perfection remains the goal.

Michigan State will do it with a new tailback, and freshman LJ Scott has been off to a good start in that battle.

"Impressive," Dantonio said when asked about Scott. "Very impressive."

Dantonio also gave a hint to some changes in the punting game. Mike Sadler is gone and the starting job seems destined to go to redshirt freshman Jake Hartbarger. But Dantonio added another name.

Backup quarterback Tyler O'Connor is also working at punter and could see some action there, though Dantonio added Hartbarger "could be as good as there is."

Michigan State opens the season Sept. 4 at Western Michigan.