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Michigan State Spartans use bowling for therapy

Mark Dantonio uses an unconventional method of getting his team in the right mindset heading into the new season.

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It’s part of the team bonding Dantonio hopes will reestablish the team’s chemistry MSU enjoyed while going 36-5 from 2013-15. “During camp, we’ll do a tournament – every position picks five guys, and we’ll do a head-to-head battle,” senior linebacker Chris Frey said. “It allows guys to just kind of get out and have fun.”

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Dantonio said the Spartans went from having one visible leader in 2012, Max Bullough, to having a number of them by the following season. MSU lost five of its six games that season by a combined 13 points, a sign things could change the following year.

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Michigan State and most of college football will start camp a week early, making for a longer grind, and one that isn't any safer. “I think we had three or four on the calendar (last year), and I think we went with one or two,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said. “The last three or four years, we’ve said we don’t want to get somebody hurt or ground down. We’re going every single day in some capacity. Now it’s a five-week camp (including game week), so we have to make sure we stay fresh mentally, physically, stay healthy, and that’ll be a challenge.”

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