Michigan State has been famous for producing strong special teams units, and all of these units have performed great moments and produced big wins. Sadly, many spring games don't give us a good clarification as to where the team sits with its special teams, mostly due to injury risks. However, teams can perform formations and kicking opportunities, which surprisingly the Spartans did not perform very well.
During the spring game there were two field goal attempts that were unsuccessful. Veteran placekicker Dan Conroy, who has made 82 percent of his career field goal attempts, missed a 27- and 46-yard attempt. Coach Mark Dantonio claims he is not worried about Conroy, but it was upsetting to see him miss these attempts while being a fifth-year senior.
The group of players for kickoff seemed to lack a lot of speed and pressure on the return team, which can be shocking since the Spartans have an excellent defensive unit. Then again, it's hard to grade special teams with kickoff since most are inexperienced players getting some field time.
The punt teams looked solid for the most part. No punts were dropped, but yet the blocking seemed ineffective for the return man to make a move. Even though the coaches don't want the players returning punts in the spring game, the blocking was still frustrating to see.
Kicking-wise, Mike Sadler once again proved to punt the ball extremely well, pinning the ball inside the 20-yard line multiple times.