Hoke, Dantonio speak at clinic for HS coaches

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 19, 2013 at 4:00 am •  Published: January 19, 2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Andrew Maxwell is still Michigan State's No. 1 quarterback. Michigan punter Will Hagerup remains suspended.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and Michigan's Brady Hoke spoke Friday in separate hour-long presentations at a clinic for the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association. They both talked to reporters for a bit, as well, but didn't have any major news as the offseason begins.

Maxwell was Dantonio's starter this season, but he ended up splitting time in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl with Connor Cook, and it was Cook who led a drive to the winning field goal in that game.

"I will say this: Andrew Maxwell's still our No. 1 quarterback," Dantonio said. "He's been in our program for four years. He understands what to do, he needs to do things better at certain times, and that's where I stand on it."

Dantonio didn't want to look too far ahead to spring practice, and Hoke wasn't particularly forthcoming, either. When asked about Hagerup, who was suspended last month for a violation of team rules, Hoke simply said: "Still suspended." He repeated that response when asked if Hagerup was still on the team.

Cornerback Blake Countess, who went down with a season-ending knee injury in Michigan's opener against Alabama, may be able to participate in spring practice to some degree.

"We'll see. He may be able to do some stuff," Hoke said. "He's getting along well."

Last year at this event, Dantonio was involved in a mini-flap when he reportedly interrupted Michigan recruiting coordinator Jeff Hecklinski during Hecklinski's presentation. Dantonio said at the time he didn't know how the format would work.

"I didn't want it to become a recruiting presentation," he told the Detroit Free Press at the time.

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