Friday, December 16, 2011

Quick notes from Dantonio (w/ video)

Media just spoke with Dantonio for about 10 minutes. Players coming later. Some highlights:

--MSU plans to use about 10 of the 15 allotted bowl practices, beginning today. After playing the extra championship game, the coaches gave the players the following week off, and this week was finals week.

--Bennie Fowler's availability is still up in the air. Dantonio did reveal that Fowler has been dealing with a stress fracture in his foot, but he's day-to-day, as he's been all season.

--Denzel Drone may get some time at defensive tackle. Without Kevin Pickelman, the Spartans are low on defensive tackles. Jerel Worthy and Anthony Rashad White will get most of the snaps, but Drone, Micajah Reynolds and some others could be sprinkled in. No redshirts will be burned.

--Asked how Urban Meyer has changed recruiting, without getting into specifics, Dantonio would only say that it's changing. Meyer took MSU's top recruit, defensive end Se'Von Pittman, earlier in the week. (Coaches speaking about specific recruits is against NCAA rules).

--Asked if Andrew Maxwell will get quality reps (as Kirk Cousins did three years ago), Dantonio grinned and said it was possible. That means yes.

--On if the game three years ago helps MSU prepare for Georgia this time around, Dantonio said it does and it doesn't. The defense coordinator is different this time around, but the MSU coaches know how Georgia likes to play on offense.

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