A major renovation to the north end zone area of Spartan Stadium is expected to be approved later this month.
And the pending project has helped a little on the recruiting trail, MSU football coach Mark Dantonio said when asked about it Tuesday afternoon following his Detroit Economic Club speaking session with MSU AD Mark Hollis and other coaches.
“I’ve felt it a little bit, but what we try to sell are people,” Dantonio said. “It’s about the people. I think its an operational thing, I think its something we have to have for the future, there’s no question about that. I think most young people are very current, they don’t see too far into the future.”
The project calls for a two-level building at the stadium’s north end, which will include locker rooms, an equipment room and media center.
“There’s no question the north end zone facility is something that’s badly needed and will enhance our program and I think puts a front porch on our stadium.”
Dantonio also said Tuesday that senior Andrew Maxwell will head into camp as the starting quarterback, and that he liked the shape that position is in. Connor Cook, redshirt freshman Tyler O’Connor and incoming freshman Damion Terry are MSU’s other options at quarterback.
“I think our quarterback position is in better shape than it was last year,” Dantonio said. “We have four scholarship quarterbacks, we have a redshirt freshman that now has a lot of practice experience, we have I think a dynamic freshman coming in and we have an experienced quarterback coming back that played in 13 games and we have another guy in Connor Cook who’s coming back that has game experience and bowl experience where he really led the team to a winning score.
“So I think all those things are a positive. There’s talent at that position. We gotta makes plays and we’ve gotta deliver at that position and other positions.”
Redshirt freshman Riley Bullough will begin the fall at running back, Dantonio said.
“We’ll see how our freshmen come in, see where he’s at running back and then make some decisions after that,” Dantonio said. “I think he’s prepared to play running back. It should be an exciting opportunity for him, but there’s gonna be competition and that’s the main thing you want to provide as a coach.”