Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Notes, video from Dantonio presser

--Biggest news is that everyone who missed the Minnesota game or were banged up will be ready for this week. That includes Larry Caper, Chris Norman, Steve Gardiner, Darqueze Dennard, Dion Sims and Travis Jackson.

--The play of former Lake Orion lineman Ethan Ruhland at center was big for several reasons, one being that MSU was close to burning the redshirt of Jack Allen. But Ruhland was able to step and and play well enough that it didn't happen.

--Dantonio said the reason his players are kept from the media is because he wants everyone focused on the task at hand, which is winning in Iowa City for the first time since 1989. He was asked if it was specific to Kirk Cousins, who grew up an Iowa fan and struggled mightily in the game last year, but said it was for the whole team. The media will be provided quotes later today.

--On Iowa, Dantonio said running back Marcus Coker reminds him of Jerome Bettis (btw, did you know Bettis was from Detroit??). The running style coupled with the same jersey design, I can see it. As Dantonio put it, Coker won't try to run around you, and his players need to "buckle up."

--There were no questions asked regarding the Penn State situation, which is getting deeper and deeper, as I'm sure you know.

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