Word started coming out of Spartan Nation early this afternoon that the MSU defense looked very impressive today.  Words like, “Fantastic,” “Dominating” and “Great” rolled of the lips of multiple people who were there for the closed scrimmage.  The Michigan State press release echoed those sentiments.  It was provided by Ben Phlegar the MSU SID.

Spartans scrimmage for two-and-a-half hours on Saturday in Spartan Stadium.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The defense topped the offense, 26-17, in the first jersey scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday in Spartan Stadium. The scrimmage, which utilized a modified scoring system, was 137 plays long (including special teams) and lasted for two-and-a-half hours under cloudy skies, a few light rain showers and temperatures in the high-70s.

“It’s the first time we’ve been in the stadium (since preseason camp began), so again, it’s another starting point for us,” said Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio following the scrimmage. “I thought we played hard. It was crisp hitting out here, and we got a chance to see what our freshmen could do. We played everybody and went (114) plays (on offense/defense), and worked some special teams situations as well. Obviously I haven’t seen the film yet, but I saw some guys making plays.

“The biggest thing that we try and do is limit the unforced errors, the penalties and those types of things, and then correct them. Again, you saw some good runs, and you saw a couple of great catches. I thought that the defense was very crisp, tackled very well in space and ran to the football. That would be my initial observation.

“We had all three of our older quarterbacks (Tyler O’Connor, Damion Terry and Brian Lewerke) work with the ones at some point to give them opportunities, and Messiah deWeaver took all the reps with the threes. But we repped our threes a lot too. I think it was a good thing for all of them.

“This film will be heavily evaluated, then we need to get better this week. And then next week’s film takes them to the turn (of preseason camp), and at that point in time, you have to start making some decisions.”

Michigan State will return to practice Sunday afternoon for its ninth workout of preseason camp.