Jon Reschke practices as Michigan State begins fall camp

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Jon Reschke practices with the Michigan State team on Thursday.

East Lansing — Michigan State opened preseason camp on Thursday morning and linebacker Jon Reschke was on the field.

Entering his sixth season, Reschke has been welcomed back by coach Mark Dantonio and the players after leaving the program in early 2017 after directing a racial slur toward a former teammate.

Last week at Big Ten media days, Dantonio confirmed Reschke was back on the roster but would not be on scholarship.

“Right now he's on the roster, but it's a step-by-step process,” Dantonio said. “The first step was for him to be able to complete what we call our bottom-line program, which has been completed. Next step will be does he come to camp or not? But at this point in time, all indications from my players is that they want him in camp.”

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Reschke is now wearing No. 28 after wearing No. 33 his first four years in the program. His role is to be determined as he did not play last season and missed most of 2016 with an ankle injury. Dantonio also indicated last week that Reschke is recovering from a knee injury.

Also on the field Thursday morning was freshman receiver Julian Major. The Pittsburgh native enrolled last January but then returned home in the spring.

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Freshman receiver Julian Major was on the practice field Thursday morning. The Pittsburgh native enrolled last January but then returned home in the spring.

Last week at Big Ten media days, Dantonio said Major had trouble adjusting to college life but was working to get back into school.

“Julian made some catches,” Dantonio said. “He looks like a scholarship wide receiver.”

… Linebackers Andrew Dowell (thigh) and Joe Bachie (wrist) each missed spring practice but declared themselves 100 percent on Thursday.

“I’m feeling good right now,” Bachie said. “Fully healed and excited be back out here.”