August 10, 2010

Chemistry, conditioning reasons for optimism say Spartans

EAST LANSING - No, there were no mad scientists dressed in green and white, and explosions weren't heard coming from the locker rooms at the Skandalaris Football Center, but the Michigan State football team has been working as hard on their team chemistry as they have been at improving their bench presses and 40-yard dash times.

The words team and chemistry were used together frequently by players and coaches during Tuesday's Media Day at Spartan Stadium and while the Spartan gridders may not be developing a new cure for a disease, they may be coming up with the formula for a year-end trip to the Rose Bowl that Spartan players have as their number one goal this year.

"Our past teams have not had bad chemistry," said Spartan coach Mark Dantonio. "We had great team chemistry in 2007 and 2008 and 09, but this year's team has a bit of a different feel. I think it is a little bit more of a cohesive group and hopefully that translates into further success."

Players and coaches alike talked about the improved chemistry on the team, not only the overall chemistry of the squad, but a deep chemistry in each unit of the squad.

"We have a great chemistry," said senior tight end Charlie Gantt. "In all my four years here this is the best chemistry I've seen on the team and as far as the team goes we fully intend to go to the Rose Bowl this year."

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