Dantonio - Post Practice Quick Hits

Dantonio - Post Practice Quick Hits

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Dantonio - Post Practice Quick Hits

Mark Dantonio took a few minutes to speak with the gaggle right after practice today in East Lansing.  Here are a few nuggets from his informal media address…

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In addition to making the announcement that Tyler Higby has established himself as the leading candidate to replace Brian Allen at center for the Spartans, Mark Dantonio spoke about a few other interesting topics during a brief, informal session with the folks who waiting to ask him some questions.

Our takeaways –

On Weston Bridges:

Dantonio said that Bridges reminds him/shows flashes of Jeremy Langford.

Translation:

Dantonio likes it when guys remind him of guys who were here before and helped him win the Big Ten Championship, win the Rose Bowl, win the Cotton Bowl, and defeat Michigan State’s rivals.

No matter what any other coach around the Big Ten may say about how a new player is performing in Fall camp, at this very moment, not a single one of them can speak of how a player reminds him of winning the Big Ten Championship, winning the Rose Bowl, and winning the Cotton Bowl.

On the positive takeaways from today’s scrimmage:

Dantonio said the team ran100+ plays and that younger guys get a lot of reps.

Translation:

The team is deep.  The depth is allowing the younger players to gets some valuable experience.  That will pay dividends this season and beyond as these younger players are being tested right now and will grow in plenty of ways because of it.

This also points out that all of the attrition following the disaster of 2016 is in the rearview mirror.  With all of the players that departed during the aftermath of the 3-9 season (some who were dismissed, others who left on their own), there were plenty of legitimate concerns about depth up and down the roster.  In one year, that concern is gone.

On players stepping in for the injured Josiah Scott:

Dantonio immediately said that Tre Person and Josh Butler are each having a good camp.

Dantonio then mentioned that Shakur Brown is playing well.

And then he offered that Kalon Gervin looking good.

Translation:

The secondary is deep.

Nobody wants Josiah Scott out due to any injury – but the unit is loaded and nobody needs to lie awake at night worrying about this part of the team.

On who might be stepping up at the opposite defensive end spot from Kenny Willekes:

After some names were tossed out there, Dantonio got a confident smirk on his face and said, “Jacob.”

After a pause that suggested the gaggle either hadn’t heard Dantonio or didn’t know what he had said, Dantonio said, “Panasiuk.”

Translation:

When I asked Dantonio at Big Ten Media Days how the Panasiuk brothers were doing, he lit up like a Christmas tree and said, “Great.  They’re looking great.”

Dantonio thinks Jacob Panasiuk is going to be a beast this season at defensive end.

His smirk during today’s informal session makes it official.

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