Dantonio puts Spartans in full pads for first time

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Quarterback Messiah deWeaver runs a drill at Michigan State football practice at the MSU practice field in East Lansing Wednesday.

East Lansing – Michigan State put full pads on for the first time Wednesday, and coach Mark Dantonio isn’t wasting any time getting his players acclimated to preseason camp.

After four days of shorts and helmets, it’s full go for the Spartans as they continue to work toward the season opener Sept. 2 against Furman.

“For us it’s always been about how we’re doing things, do they retain the process,” Dantonio said after the morning workout. “How do they get from drill to drill, how do they move in and out of different situations. We’re trying to work them all. We worked goal line today, we worked third down today, we worked third-and-short today, worked some base stuff today. So we try and hit it all. We did two-minute on the first day of damp, that’s unusual.

“But the players have a good grasp of things and we force the issue with them. That’s how we’ve been able to do it here.”

The Spartans will have their first scrimmage on Saturday and Dantonio is making sure his team is ready for some live action.

“The reality of everything is you get to the fifth day and it feels like they’ve been here for three weeks,” Dantonio said. “It’s the first day of pads and that is part of this process. Practices are long and we try and get a lot of things done in those practices and we’re never really standing still. There is not a lot of walk-through. It’s a lot of drill repetition and group work and then to team. Then it’s film and different things going on outside the practice field. So it’s a process.”


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