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Michigan State Football: Weekly Press Conference

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The Spartans get back on track with road win against Northwestern

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EAST LANSING — Mark Dantonio passed Hall of Famer Duffy Daugherty to become Michigan State’s all-time winningest coach with 110 victories in 13 seasons.

He’s won 67.9% of his games at MSU and has won the most Big Ten Championships, bowl games, and bowl appearances of any Spartan head coach.

The accolades don't stop there — Dantonio is also the only active B1G coach to win multiple conference titles, claim a victory in the 2014 Rose Bowl, and reach the College Football Playoff (thanks to Urban Meyer retiring).

Without the home crowd behind him, Dantonio still managed to find ways to celebrate.

“Yeah, it was a very special moment...They were excited for me. I appreciate that very much, but they are also excited for them. It was a big win,” said Dantonio. “Puts us at 1-0 in the Big Ten Conference. It was a win coming off a tough moment which I think we’ve always tried to sit there and say, okay, who are we in our toughest moments. I think they define themselves a little bit.”

Michigan State v Northwestern Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Michigan State will face Indiana at home where they will have another opportunity to define who they are as a football team. This past weekend in Evanston, Dantonio felt like his squad began figuring out who they are and “took a step forward.”

It’s important to build off of what the Spartans did against Northwestern.

“Again, I go back to what I said last week, consistency and performance. I roll my arms just like Coach used to do, but that’s what he always said, and I believe it totally,” said Dantonio. “You know, Coach Saban, consistency, and performance.”

What’s the next step for this Spartan football team? Showing people they can repeat. MSU needs to string positive performances together without major letdowns in between games (Arizona State). Only then will fans begin to believe in them.

Only then will they gain their trust.

A convincing win against Indiana is another step towards that.

Michigan State v Northwestern Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Depth Chart and Notes

  • Kickoff is Hahn OR Morris. Dantonio says this has been an ongoing competition and believed Hahn “was the best guy” in the game against the Wildcats.
  • Punt return is now White OR Sowards.
  • Dantonio said TE Matt Seybert is back on scholarship for the rest of the season.
  • Dantonio says Julian Barnett has had pink eye that has limited him and held him out of practice. That’s why he hasn’t played more but he’s okay now and should be playing more.
  • Dantonio says he thinks Arcuri will be back at some point, but wasn’t optimistic about Cole Chewins.
  • Dantonio said he thought they played very well in the red zone against Northwestern. Says Lewerke is playing well right now and also referenced Stewart and Collins as guys stepping up.