EAST LANSING, Mich. Michigan State will enter Fridays season opener against Boise State with two starting spots still up for grabs, limited offensive line depth and plenty of expectations for 2012.
Pressure is good, Dantonio said at a news conference on Tuesday. Stress is not. Stress is the enemy.
Junior Micajah Reynolds and senior Tyler Hoover are listed as co-starters at defensive tackle, while junior Jairus Jones and sophomore Kurtis Drummond are listed as co-starters at free safety. Dantonio said both races are tight, and all four players will play.
Junior left guard Blake Treadwell (leg stress fracture) does not appear on the depth chart. He is expected to be available early in the season.
Sophomore backup right tackle Skyler Burkland (hand) is listed on the depth chart, but when asked whether Burkland will play Friday, Dantonio said: Probably not.
Dantonio also had a talk with junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell, who will debut as MSUs starter Friday. Dantonios advice for Maxwell was simple: Be yourself, be who you are.
The MSU depth chart included few surprises. Reserve linebacker Darien Harris and defensive end Lawrence Thomas do not appear. Dantonio said a head injury set Thomas back but that both players should contribute this season.
Dantonio was asked about defensive end Kenny Hayes, who reportedly decided this month to transfer in from Ohio State. Hayes is not enrolled at MSU, and Dantonio would not comment on him, saying he wanted to focus on players who are on the team.
It appears, at this point, that Hayes will not transfer to MSU.
Note: Dantonio said walk-on tight end Andrew Gleichert has been put on scholarship for this season. Gleichert has impressed during camp. On MSUs depth chart, the backup to Dion Sims at tight end is listed as Gleichert or Derek Hoebing.