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Michigan State Spartans’ Offense Shaping Up Well So Far

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Mark Dantonio Michigan State Spartans

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Mark Dantonio held a press conference today to go over the current news of the Michigan State football team and allow reporters to gain an insight on how the beginning of fall camp was going.

The Spartans reported to fall camp last Friday and had their first practice on Saturday. Many of the questions surrounding the team this year all have to do with the offense, which is understandable given the constant struggle of the unit in 2012. Dantonio was able to give some interesting comments on how the current offensive situation is going as well as mention some key players who are standing out to him so far.

At the quarterback position, which will be under the microscope the most this season, Dantonio mentioned that all four quarterbacks — Andrew Maxwell, Connor Cook, Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry — are getting reps, but the main reps are going to Maxwell and Cook; he anticipates running a two-quarterback system this season. Spartans fans may recall the 2009 season when the team ran a two-quarterback system with Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol, until Cousins ultimately ended up winning the battle late in the season.

Another interesting note from Dantonio was his compliments of the Spartans’ receiving core, which was nothing short atrocious in 2012. He mentioned sophomore receiver MacGarrett Kings as someone who is standing out.

Riley Bullough continues to take a majority of the first-team reps at running back for the Spartans this far into camp, and all reports are he is handling the job fine. Dantonio mentioned the freshman backs are getting some reps too, though, and will push for playing time.

Erik Sargent is a college football writer for Follow him on Twitter @Erik_Sargent, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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