Spring Football Game Recap


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Mark Dantonio saw a lot that he liked in his first spring as Michigan State's head football coach, but is looking for something more important from September through January.

"I'd like to see us win as a team," Dantonio said with a smile after Saturday's spring game, a 21-8 surprise for the Green over the White squad. "I haven't seen that yet."

No. 1 quarterback Brian Hoyer, whose late touchdown and two-point passes gave the White squad its only points, said a lot has changed since the Spartans dropped eight of their last nine games to finish 4-8 under the fired John L. Smith in 2006.

"Coach Dantonio has instilled a whole new attitude, and everyone has embraced it," Hoyer said. "It's all about people doing the right things. We're focusing on all the little things. When mistakes are made, the coaches let you know it.

"That was something that was missing last year."

The White team made enough mistakes Saturday, including a couple of late personal fouls, to give a new staff coaching points when practice resumes in early August.

"We practice with referees every day, and that was probably the most penalties we've had," Dantonio said. "I was disappointed with a couple of personal fouls near the end. I thought we lost our composure."

Those late hits helped the Green team boost its advantage to 21-0. Back-up quarterback candidate Connor Dixon hit tight end Kellen Davis for a 5-yard score before A.J. Jimmerson and Brett Kahn had TD runs of 2 and 3 yards, respectively.

Hoyer hit wide receivers Terry Love for a 13-yard score and impressive walk-on Blair White for the conversion but still has to serve steak to the winners, then settle for hot dogs and beans.

"Today was all about attitude," Dixon said after completing 10 of 12 passes for 105 yards and gaining another 14 on the ground. "Everyone kept saying, `The White team is stacked! The White team is stacked!' I know how pumped up that made us."

Safety Otis Wiley agreed that the Green team had more enthusiasm, and not just when top running back Javon Ringer was carrying 10 times for 60 yards.

"What did I learn this spring?" Wiley said. "That we have to go hard all the time and that attitude overrules individual talent. I also learned how important it is to trust ourselves and trust each other."

Wiley said he didn't mind eating beans and franks, since baked beans are one of his favorite foods, but the idea of waiting on the winners while they crowed about their victory would be tougher to swallow.

"I think it was a good day and a good spring," Dantonio said. "Now we need a great summer. We got a good base for what's going on. And the players are committed. We need to add another 25 guys and give them an opportunity to compete."

Michigan State's next competition is the Sept. 1 season opener against UAB in Spartan Stadium.

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