April 20, 2013
Video: Dantonio and coordinators postgame
EAST LANSING - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said his team accomplished its main objective of getting through the spring game without serious injury.
But the seventh-year Spartan football coach also saw progressing being made on both sides of the football.
Defensively, Dantonio was pleased to see both a fumble returned for a touchdown and a pick six.
"I think what you saw is how important turnovers are and how they can cut into plays on one side in terms of the white team and the number of plays that you have," said Dantonio. "When you return two turnovers for a touchdown, that's like a yatzee deal. Your plays are going to be limited, but at the same time you get 14 points."
On offense, Dantonio liked much of what he saw from his first and second string quarterbacks Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook. The Spartan coach also saw room for improvement from both.
"I thought Connor Cook executed and threw the ball well, but had a couple of critical runs backwards and around and that's something he has to learn to do," said Dantonio. "As far as the white team, I thought (Andrew) Maxwell was consistent, had some dropped passes. The wind was swirling out there; there were bad weather conditions. Nevertheless, I thought that he threw the ball pretty effectively, but you have to catch the ball on the other side."
Maxwell finished the day 9 of 20 passing for 110 yards and a touchdown with no turnovers. Cook was 10 of 26 for 217 yards and a pair of touchdown.
Cook's Green team took a 17-13 lead in the third quarter on 7-yard touchdown run by Nick Hill. The White team responded with a pair of Maxwell-led scoring drives. Maxwell was 5 of 6 on his last two possessions for the Green team which took a 24-17 lead on 46-yard pass to walk-on AJ Troup.
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