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Michigan State football: News, notes after first fall scrimmage

The first scrimmage of the fall is in the books and Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker spoke to the media on Monday.

Less than three weeks stand between Michigan State football and the start of the 2022 campaign and that means it’s one thing: it’s preseason hype season.

The first preseason scrimmage took place over the weekend and Mel Tucker spoke to the media on Monday about what he saw and what stood out. He spoke highly of a handful of true freshmen, his quarterback, Keon Coleman, the running game, Daniel Barker, and more.

Let’s take a look at some of the news and notes from Monday’s post-practice (and post-scrimmage) media session along with my thoughts that no one really asked for.

Honestly, coachspeak, but you still love to see that he didn’t say he was disappointed in anything. It seems like the team is buying into the vision.

I’m on the Jarek Broussard bandwagon, but I also love hearing about Jalen Berger success. If he’s playing well, that means Michigan State has a legit two-headed monster in the backfield. Quite the replacement for Kenneth Walker III.

Competition is only going to be a good thing here.

Linebacking corps: deep. Daniel Barker: potentially elite. Love to see it.

Just yesterday, Keon Coleman told everyone to buy stock in Keon Coleman. Today, he told everyone to watch out for a breakout season from him and Tucker says that he’s realizing his potential. Also, I’m here for all the Germie Bernard hype.

Also, there’s a fun battle for WR3. It’s ultimately going to be Coleman, but it’s good to see Bernard stepping up and also Christian Fitzpatrick. That’s a name I thought I’d hear a lot more of when he transferred to MSU.

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see what the cornerbacks look like after an offseason of working with Tucker.

Jack Stone was my pick to win the job, but this makes it seem uncertain. Not having a clear starting kicker to start the season is slightly concerning. OK, it’s not slightly concerning, it’s very concerning.

Love to see Mark Dantonio still supporting the program in retirement.

Accountability is key. Tucker isn’t going to accept excuses or anything of the sort and that’s how you build championship programs.

This is not incredibly surprising, but depth is definitely a concern.

Ending on this note because some of these guys have gone under the radar. Bernard is going to be a star in East Lansing and he’ll probably play extensively but Tyrell Henry and Ade Willie have been almost forgotten. It’s good to see they’re playing well.

Raise your hand if you love preseason hype season.

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