June 13, 2013

Camp season hits full stride for Dantonio

EAST LANSING - Mark Dantonio's June schedule has taken him around the state and to certain corners of the country for MSU-related business trips and alumni speaking engagements. Now, in mid-June, the camp season is swinging into full speed. All the while, Dantonio is keeping tabs on the players in his program.

"I've been in the process of sitting down and talking to every one of our players," Dantonio said. "I'll sit and talk to every one of our players for at least a half hour or 40 minutes, and let them know how they're doing in football, how they're doing in school and how they're doing socially. We'll talk about their goals and what they're trying to achieve here."

Dantonio has conducted these meetings every year. He feels the summer individual meetings have been a valuable component of keeping everyone working in the same direction, collectively and individually. Along the way, Michigan State has won more conference football games than any team in the Big Ten since 2007.

"We have great chemistry on our team and great leadership," Dantonio said. "Our senior group is a good group and that has to come to fruition. They have to have a great year and I think they are poised to have it."

Dantonio was able to engage in impromptu stand-up meetings on Wednesday with a key fifth-year senior and a promising incoming freshman as they watched action during Michigan State's annual 7-on-7 team camp at the outdoor practice fields near the Skandalaris Center. Senior defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds chatted about off-season conditioning and academics while Reynolds watched his former team, Lansing Sexton, play Birmingham Brother Rice.

A few steps away, incoming freshman Jon Reschke, who starred at Brother Rice last year, watched the same game.

After speaking with Reynolds, Dantonio stood and talked smilingly with Reschke and legendary Brother Rice head coach Al Fracassa.

Fracassa and his Brother Rice team was back in East Lansing for its annual participation in the MSU 7-on-7 camp.

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