October 3, 2013

Showdown in the Trenches

EAST LANSING - The one area of Michigan State's football team that has shown marked improvement over last year, all coaches agree, is the Spartan offensive line.

Coming out of a tight, 17-13 loss at Notre Dame in which the offense sputtered, the Spartan o-line was regarded as a bright spot. Head coach Mark Dantonio pointed out that pass protection - which includes tight ends and running backs at times - allowed only six quarterback hits against Notre Dame.

The MSU ground game did not produce a running play of more than 11 yards, but the Spartans had decent movement with both gap plays and zone plays. Dantonio said he felt Michigan State controlled the line of scrimmage.

Notre Dame was a tough test. Now the Spartan offensive front will take on what could be an even tougher challenge in facing a physical, well-rounded Iowa front seven on Saturday in Iowa City.

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