After a disappointing debut season in East Lansing, Mel Tucker and the Spartans are putting in work for an improved 2021 performance.

In 2020, Tucker and company were able to pull off upsets of in-state rival Michigan and Northwestern. Unfortunately, those were the only positive results as Michigan State finished 2-5 with blowout losses throughout the shortened schedule.

One issue plaguing the Spartans was a stagnant offense that was defined by inconsistent quarterback play and an inability to run the ball effectively. Quarterbacks Rocky Lombardi and Payton Thorne split time with the duo combining for a 54.5% completion percentage on the year. On the ground, Michigan State averaged less than 92 yards per game and just 2.7 yards per carry with three running backs splitting the load.

Following Michigan State’s spring game, one position that Tucker felt a lot better about looking forward to the fall is the quarterback room. Lombardi has since transferred out of East Lansing, but the Spartans were able to bring in Anthony Russo out of Temple via the transfer portal.

Russo threw for over 6,000 yards in three seasons with the Owls. Combined with Thorne, that is a group that Tucker is pleased with in regards to competition and talent heading toward the season.

Here’s everything Tucker had to say as the Spartans wrapped up their spring period: