Michigan State’s coaching staff is showing a sense of urgency when it comes to the Spartans’ struggling offense.
Here’s one obvious sign: The MSU skill-position players practiced Sunday.
“We normally don’t practice on a Sunday, but we have our skill guys out there right now,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio told mlive.com’s Mike Griffith on Sunday. “As a matter of fact, I came in to take this call.”
Cathedral Prep graduate Damion Terry figures to be in the running to play at quarterback Saturday when Michigan State (2-0) hosts Youngstown State (2-0).
Although the Spartans are unbeaten, the offense has been anemic in a 26-13 victory over Western Michigan on Aug. 30 and a 21-6 win over South Florida on Saturday. Quarterbacks Andrew Maxwell, Connor Cook and Tyler O’Connor have combined to average 105 yards passing while throwing for just one TD in the two games. Terry has not played.
After Saturday’s game, Dantonio said that Terry might have been in the mix for playing time, but he had strep throat and a thumb injury last week. However, Dantonio told mlive.com that Terry was throwing Sunday, so he could be ready to play this week, barring a setback.
MSU fans have been booing the offense at Spartan Stadium early in the season, and members of the student section have occasionally chanted for Terry to be inserted into the lineup. Meanwhile, Spartans fans have been using Twitter to plea for Terry.
The game against Youngstown State is critical because Michigan State must prepare for Week 4 at Notre Dame. If Terry is to have any chance of playing against Notre Dame, he would likely have to play against YSU first.
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– Jeff Kirik, sports editor