Michigan State’s offense may be showing signs of significant progress during fall camp. After a recent team scrimmage, there may be reason to be optimistic about the staff changes Mark Dantonio made in the offseason.
On Monday, Dantonio spoke with the media about the recent team scrimmage between the offense and the defense. According to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press, the Spartans offense posted a 38-37 victory over the defense, though the scoring system wasn’t really addressed.
Dantonio also complimented senior quarterback Brian Lewerke, who looked “sharp” during the scrimmage.
No, you can’t look too much into a team scrimmage after only a few practices, but Michigan State’s offense winning anything has to be a positive sign after the struggles it endured last year. Lewerke looking crisp is an added bonus.
In the offseason, Dantonio didn’t do any hiring or firing of his staff, but decided to restructure and reshuffle the group of assistant coaches. It was a decision that most thought was pretty tame after the Spartans had one of the worst scoring and production offenses in college football a year ago.
Sounds like it is making an impact, though.
Last fall, Michigan State also battled injury issues and inconsistent offensive line play. With a healthy roster, especially up front, it really changes what Dantonio can do on the offensive side of the ball. It will also make life much easier for Lewerke.
All of the questions aren’t answered for the Spartans’ offense, of course, but if Lewerke is “sharp” and the offense is winning scrimmages against the defense, things are already looking up for 2019.
Michigan State begins its season on on Aug. 30 at home against Tulsa.