October 11, 2009

O-Line showing signs of gelling at midway point

'Pound Green pound' is the motto that the Michigan State offensive line has lived by during the three years Mark Dantonio has been in East Lansing.

With key personnel unable to play during Michigan State's early season 1-3 skid, Michigan State's o-line struggled to keep its head above water and did very little pounding. But since the Spartan offensive line got healthy two weekends ago with the return of Joel Nitchman and [/db]Joel Foreman[/db], the Spartan O-line has gone back to applying blunt force up front.

After gashing Michigan for 197 yards on 49 attempts (4.0 avg), the Spartans carried that over to a 193 yards effort on 45 carries (4.3 avg.) at Illinois.

"I thought offensively our line controlled the line of scrimmage," said Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. "I thought they played very well up front. Offensively I thought we ran the ball well."

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