For everything Michigan State’s football team accomplished last season, there is one thing that, collectively, still bothers them.
The Spartans won a school-record 13 games, captured the Big Ten championship by ending Ohio State’s 24-game winning streak and brought home their first Rose Bowl title since 1988.
But there was that one Saturday in late September when Michigan State traveled to Notre Dame and left with a 17-13 loss. The Spartans believe they didn’t play well.
“We dropped that four-point game last year and we’re not happy about it,” safety Kurtis Drummond said. “So we’ve still got some things to work on. We didn’t finish as the No. 1 defense and that’s something we want to attain this year.”
For Drummond and the rest of the Spartans, who begin spring practice today, there will be a different sort of motivation. For some, there are individual goals. For others, they are simply trying to find the right position.
But there seemed to be a unanimous belief the loss at Not...