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Mark Dantonio is done with the ‘Underdog’ moniker

Michigan State University coach Mark Dantonio has had enough of the current ‘expert’ analysis of the Spartan football program. Apparently, the oddsmakers have put the Spartans down as underdogs for many of their matchups for the upcoming season. In fact, Bill Connelly at SBNation.com has MSU ranked 2nd behind Michigan and just ahead of Ohio State.

During a recent interview with ESPN and MLive, Dantonio mentioned that he felt there were some reasons that prognosticators have Michigan State as underdogs. Namely, said prognosticators actual on-field experience against the Spartans:

“I think most sportswriters and predictors probably don’t put cleats and helmets on, I would say,” Dantonio said of the predictions. “They’re not in the trenches and they haven’t played against us. What we’ve done on the field, nothing really needs to be said,” Dantonio said. We’ll just keep our focus on what we can control, we can’t control what people say sometimes. We’ll just keep doing what we do. It’ll be fine.”

One possible reason for the underwhelming predictions for this season is that the Spartans have to replace Connor Cook at quarterback.  One of the finest signal callers in recent MSU history, Cook was drafted by the Oakland Raiders this year after a stellar career in East Lansing. Contenders for the position include Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry who are both pro-style quarterbacks. However, incoming freshman Messiah deWeaver and redshirt freshman Brian Lewerke are also in the mix.

Dantonio feels confident about the quarterback situation for MSU this year, but, didn’t give away any secrets about who has the inside track to become the starter for the Green and White.

“Every one of those guys are going to have their moments here at Michigan State, so it’s up to them, for I guess the cream to rise to the top there.”

 

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