With Michigan State getting close to their season-opener, head coach Mel Tucker held his usual press conference on Wednesday and touched on a multitude of topics.

Tucker seemed to really like what he saw from his group during their last scrimmage and echoed as such to start off the presser (quotes via Chris Solari).

“The last scrimmage we had, I feel like we got better as a football team. Really gaining ground and starting to improve. Starting to turn our focus to Northwestern right now.”

He also liked the team’s ball security as the quarterbacks haven’t been turning the ball over as much during fall practice.

“The ball security has been good. It hasn’t been perfect, but it’s been good. We emphasize that…obviously we know turnover margin is huge. We learned that a year ago. Ball security is job security.”

Finally, Tucker feels good about where the secondary is going into Week 1 against Northwestern.

“I feel pretty good about what we have. We’re working to build depth in the secondary We have guys that can cover. We need to continue to work on our perimeter.”

The Spartans opener against Northwestern will be on Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. ET and it’ll be televised by ESPN.