Mark Dantonio Highlights from Here at the Big Ten Media Days

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Mark Dantonio looks to 2010 with high expectations for the Spartan Nation.  Photo courtesy of Troy Benoit.

Mark Dantonio looks to 2010 with high expectations for the Spartan Nation. Photo courtesy of Troy Benoit.

  • “Very excited about leadership and attitude.
  • “Starts with players at the ground level.
  • “Have to come up with more turnovers.”
  • “Great players in the secondary with excellent ball skills.”
  • “WE hope to lay a foundation on three straight bowl games.”
  • “Experienced quarterback means good things can happen.”
  • “Andrew Maxwell has really performed well.”
  • “Keshawn Martin is a guy that averages about 18 yards every time he touches the ball.”
  • On Keith Nichol: “Tremendous athlete that we have to find ways to get him the ball.”
  • On TE: “Four guys we would consider starters.”
  • QB, WR, TE are positions of strength.
  • “Have to have great balance to be successful.”
  • “Aaron Bates has punted in more bowl games than any punter in MSU history.”
  • On freshman Mike Sadler: “If Mike is the best at kickoffs or place kicking he will play.”
  • On OSU winning five straight Big Ten titles? “When you look at Ohio State…they have unprecedented success.”
  • “We did come up with sacks.” On passing defense.
  • “We have to get better at transitioning from run/pass downs.”
  • “We have to make a play on the deep ball.”
  • “I think we are going to be really good at that.”
  • On ¾ “Part of what we do. Transitioning more to that.”
  • “LB is a position of strength.” Mentioned Bullough and Gholston
  • “No reason to be over confident. We have a lot of experience back. From the way our players have worked…it would not seem we are over confident.”
  • “I like our players attitudes.”