Saturday, August 13, 2011

Offense wins first preseason scrimmage

In MSU's first preseason jersey scrimmage on Saturday, the offense edged out a 67-63 win against the defense over 149 plays (in two hours and 20 minutes), to hold onto the green jerseys.

Former Chelsea running back Nick Hill led with 72 yards on 14 rushes and former Detroit Country Day receiver Bennie Fowler led with six catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. Former Oak Park running back Edwin Baker had one rushing touchdown in limited action.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins went 17-for-28 for 216 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. On defense, safety Isaiah Lewis had eight tackles, safety Trenton Robinson had an interception and defensive end William Gholston had 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

Here are some quotes from MSU head coach Mark Dantonio. (Quotes provided by MSU).

“It’s tough to evaluate things overall because we haven’t watched the film yet, but we did some very good things. We could have a very good football team, but when things get tough, we have to be able to reach down and find our identity.

“As a head coach, you really try to remain neutral, hoping that both sides play well. The biggest things I’d like to see are more emotion and more intensity. We went for awhile today (2:20), but we have to display more emotion and intensity. We’ll have a good football team; I don’t worry about that, but how good can we be? To reach our full potential, we must consistently play at a high level. The season opener is still almost three weeks away, and sometimes, a team finds its identity as it moves through the season.

“Everybody got a chance to play and that’s the main thing we wanted to do today. The ones, twos and threes all got reps, so now we can evaluate everybody. We tried to put those different units in tough situations and see who could block, tackle, and make a play.

“The expectations of our football team are very high, so the expectations of its head coach internally are going to be very high. After eight practices, there’s plenty of room for improvement.”

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