When Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker was asked about his rough start, one that resulted in his posting a 2-5 debut season in Lansing, he shifted the conversation to the positive.

Tucker had to deal with a tough transition last season in taking over the Spartans program, severely complicated by the pandemic and the resulting lack of pre-season preparation. But now it’s expected that a shift to normalcy will bring good results.

The Spartans lost 27 to the transfer portal after last season, but they added 15 scholarship transfers. Coupled with the 18 members of the 2021 recruiting class, Tucker’s stamp on the program will be seen on the field this fall, and will hopefully produce positive results.

“Our roster is stronger, it’s more competitive,” Tucker said, “and it’s going to lead to a better brand of football.”

Fall camp starts in less than two week, and Tucker feels the improved roster and the progress that’s been made already will bring better football to the program in 2021.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” Tucker said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’re a work in progress, but the process of day-to-day cementing that culture of accountability – I feel the momentum. It’s coming together. Our players can feel it, our coaches can feel it, our donors can feel it. They’re excited and we can’t wait to get going.”