August 10, 2010

'As talented a team as we've had'

EAST LANSING - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was as upbeat and optimistic about his football team during the Spartan football media day Tuesday.

Dantonio repeated much of what he said during Big Ten Media Days in Chicago last week when he was asked about team chemistry, returning players, and the focus of his football team during training camp. He also shared his initial impressions of his 2010 team after one day of practice.

"I thought our guys came in very well yesterday, we had our first day of practice," Dantonio said. "Any time you have your first day of practice it brings back a lot of memories for coaches, for players, for seniors going into their last go-round. For first year players, it is obviously very exciting to see players out there for the first time. They made quite an impression on us, just in shorts. Good retention from our older players. It was good to see them coaching the younger players."

Dantonio again said that his 2010 team is the most talented he has had since arriving at Michigan State.

"From top to bottom when you look at our football team, it is our fourth year that we have been here, said Dantonio. "I am very excited about the opportunities we have in front of us, very excited about our team. From top to bottom, I would say it is as talented a team as we have had. Certainly, we have lost some very good players in the past three years but we have more depth."

The fourth-year Spartan coach feels good about depth at nearly every position. When asked about the team's biggest question mark, Dantonio gave kicker as the obvious answer. Dantonio said that Dan Conroy, Kevin Muma, and Mike Sadler would be given ample opportunities to win the job during training camp.

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