EAST LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) -
August is upon us, which means football is upon us. The Michigan State Spartans opened up the 2013 season Saturday for their first preseason practice.
The players donned helmets, T-shirts and shorts as they hit the field for the first time this season. Michigan State, listed No. 28 in the Preseason USA TODAY Coaches' Poll, will open the season against Western Michigan on Friday, August 30.
The Spartans were able to enjoy the perfect weather, working out for two-and-a-half hours under partly cloudy skies, and temperatures in the mid -70s.
After the practice, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, entering his seventh year with the Spartans, gave his thoughts on the day.
"It was a typical first shorts practice," said Dantonio. "You watch your guys come out and see how they move, you watch your freshmen to see how they move. There's a lot to grasp for them. It's hard to say who's ahead of the curve there among the freshmen. But there was a lot of retention by our older guys. We were running around fast and good things were happening."
The Spartans will continue practicing in shorts on Sunday, followed by Monday and Tuesday's practice in shells before suiting up in full fads for the first time on Wednesday, August 7. Michigan State will have its annual Media Day on Monday, August 5.
Dantonio was asked about what he wants to see from his team before they put on pads for the first time on Wednesday.
"Keep everybody safe, so we have no injuries; retention by our players in terms of what's being taught; technique work in terms of the things that we can do in shorts; and how they're playing, just their physical conditioning," said Dantonio. "I think those are the goals that we have in mind moving forward."
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