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Linking Laconically is recapping Media Day


How excited were you for media day?

For some reason, I wasn't much at all.

There are questions about the offense. We know that. But there's not really that many questions about the program.

We know there's a quarterback battle and that both are going to play during the season. We've heard it 50 times. We know the freshmen will contribute for playing time at running back and that the receivers need to play better. After that?The offensive line will probably come down to health, and the defense will be the defense.

All that's left is for practices to start and games to come. Then the few questions left will be answered. Sure, there are some coaching changes on the offensive side, but they're not going to be too drastic of changes for the players.

Mark Dantonio is entering year No. 7. He says it's the number for "completion" in the Bible. He's the longest tenured coach at this school since George Perles. We know what we're getting from him and his program.

Frankly, things have been a little boring, and that's a good thing. There was no real offseason drama outside of a few transfers from guys at the bottom of the depth chart. Recruiting is going fine, and should be getting better with the hiring of Curtis Blackwell. There's stability. That's why Dantonio was the perfect hire.

The pads will be coming out and start smacking. We're almost there. We've talked enough. It's time to play.

For now, here's a collection of stories from Media Day.

Football Media Day: Dantonio Press Conference - Michigan State Official Athletic Site
Dantonio's full transcript.

Michigan State QB Andrew Maxwell getting most first-team reps, but Connor Cook trying to change that | Detroit Free Press |
Rexrode's notebook. Maxwell and Cook sharing first-team reps, O'Connor and Terry getting looks. DeAnthony Arnett talks about last season and maturing.

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio: Facility upgrades are necessary | Detroit Free Press |
"Just north of where Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio spoke Monday, rubble and construction equipment marked the spot where $24 million in Spartan Stadium renovations should be ready for the start of next season."

Michigan State co-OC Dave Warner shares early impressions of freshman running backs |
Warner is also the runnning backs coach. Nothing really telling about the freshmen. Obviously, we'll have to see how they practice.

Michigan State's Micajah Reynolds plays role of Good Samaritan in helping Lansing gunshot victim |
Good story here.

Geiger "the guy right now" at kicker | ($)
Freshman kicker michael Geiger hasn't missed a kick yet. Get ready for the "Geiger Counter." We're going to make sure that's a thing.

Clark wants to be ready when called upon | ($)
Donovan Clark is likely the tackle of the future, but he's ready now.

-Some other stuff

Tom Izzo's challenge: Keith Appling must get the point - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
I agree with KJ that this public "threat" is more about motivation. Appling will still run the point.

Korian "Korie" Lucious nowym zawodnikiem ROSY Radom!,
Lucious signs with a Polish team. Never realized his real name is Korian.

Ranking the "Best" Football Fans in the Big 10
MSU's rank might surprise you.