Spartans All-Access: Episode 201 | Michigan State

Spartans All-Access: Episode 201 | Michigan State


(whistle blowing) (distant cheering) – As student athletes we
are earning opportunity, balance with our responsibility. (loud cheering)
(whistle blowing) – We juggle school,
sports and social lives. (loud shouting) – We work to accomplish excellence while trying to remain grounded. (encouraging shouts) (grunting) (whistle blowing) – Here we go, Payton, let’s go. – We have fears. – We have doubts. – We have failures. – And we have triumphs. (loud shouting) (hocking stick slapping) (hockey puck swishing) (horn honking) – We are seen on the field, but our on-field performance does not define who we are. – [Coach] Body over the
ball so you can control it. – It is merely a sliver
of the lives that we live. – [Coach] Don’t turn that one. – [Team] Family on three, one, two, three. Family!
– Family isn’t just a saying. – It’s something we live. – [Team] Spartans on
three, one, two, three. Spartans! Here we go, here we go!
– We are family. – We are Spartans. (crickets chirping) (energetic inspiring music) (loud crowd cheering) – [Coach] You better not be scared! – [Coach] Move back! (team chattering) (whistle blowing)
– Come on, man. It’s a new year, let’s get it. – [Coach] Here we go, here we go! (whistle blowing) (team shouting loudly) (team grunting) (team cheering loudly) (clapping) – Spartan dogs.
– Hee-v. – Spartans ja-xe, team ready. – Ready!
– Begin! – [Team] S-P-A-R-T-A-N-S, Spartans, woo! – Yes, sir, come on. – Best teams emphasis, everybody working, here we go. – Come on, boys, let’s go.
– Number one’s goin’, Here we go. – [Team] Dogs on one, ready one. Dogs! (grunting) – That’s it. – [Coach] Good, good. – Eyes, eyes, eyes, go! Get down, big guy! There, you gotta get down,
good, good, good, good, good. – Again, if I weave you this way You’re zone turnin’ and then you’ll break opposite 45. If I weave you this way you’re zone turning, break
it out at 45 opposite. Alright, you guys got me?
– Yes, sir. Alright, here we go. Set, hit. Here we go, open. Now drive, go, go, go. (heavy grunting) Back, here we go, peddle, drive. Go, go, go. Come on, fast, fast, fast, fast. Can we do that every single time? We need that same effort
every single time. It’s all good on day one, but for me to become better and better, I gotta do it all the time. You guys got me? – Again, again, again, set it up again. You did a normal push like
you’re the winning position, you just pushed him back, okay. The object here is (groaning) turn his shoulders.
– Ah, okay. – Okay, otherwise, he’ll
never let you do that. Again, here we go. Same, do it again, get ready! (whistle blowing) Set, hut! (grunting) (energetic motivating music) – [Coach] Eyes, eyes, eyes, gone. Here we go. – Good, good, get the
inside through there. – [Coach] Come on, come
on, come on, come on. (energetic motivating music) Pump, pump, pump, get ’em pumped. (grunting) Go, go, go. (ball snapping) – [Coach] Come on, accelerate! There’s a jump right there. (team chattering) – Tell ’em about the first day. Good first day today! – Great first day.
– Ready to work Great first day!
– Easy first day, we’re killin’ it. – Freshman, yeah. (team chattering) – Smooth first day, real smooth, ya know. Got my dawg, Kenny back. – Some of us look good. Matter of fact, put the
camera on Coach Burton, he looks good.
– What’s up. – He look good. – Y’all ain’t see no ugly people. – [Team] Get all in, all in. – Woo! – You aint even… Wait, don’t touch me, ahh! (laughing) – [Team] Damn, Marcel baby, props. – It’s good to get back out there. You feel good running around, just, get back, watch the film,
and improve tomorrow. – Just working on getting back
into the rhythm of things, getting my feet back under me. Receivers look good out here. It’s a good first day. (loud thudding) – Always gotta get better and there’s always things
that you can still work on. Even being an older guy, you know. I’ll be a red-shirt senior this year and I still got lots of
stuff I gotta improve on. – And the first day is always… It’s the start to the rest of season, so I think we got a good
first day under our belt. We come back out tomorrow and get better. (hands slapping) (busy locker room chatter) (inspiring piano music) – I know one speech that
definitely stood out to me was Shilique Calhoun. He was the guy that kinda took me under his wing, kinda took a liking to me from the jump. And it was mutual respect for each other. But, his speech stood out to me because he brought it all together as far as Coach D talks about
completing your circles. And he went from, when he
was a red-shirt freshman, on the scout team, to him being an all-American
superstar D-end, here at Michigan State. And just to be able to hear that journey and the lessons that he
learned over that time, and from the coaches and
just the support staff, it was amazing. – I used to sit back there
and honestly write down things like, man, I can’t wait
for my senior speech. And that’s another reason
why I wanted to be here for my senior year. I think this is a special
moment for us seniors to be able to get up and address the team. I feel like this is a
special moment for us, where we can address the whole team, where it’s not just players, it’s the staff that’s on board also, where they could understand
where we come from and why we’re so happy to
be a part of this team. – One thing that I want to make sure, that I’ve always wanted to make sure when it comes time for me
to deliver my senior speech, is that I keep it real, nothing forced or made
up, just to sound good for the coaches or anything. But, I want to be able to
be real with my teammates, with the guys that I’ve been here with, and give those freshman the chance to hear from the perspective
of a fifth-year senior, whose been through the ups and downs, who’s been through a
three and nine season, who’s won a Big Ten championship, who’s graduated, I have my degree. But just to give a real side of things while being a player
here at Michigan State. All my life I’ve been good at writing. I think it came from me
reading a lot of books when I was younger, and being able to form
sentences and put words together in the way that they should go together. But I really didn’t get into journalism until my junior year of high school. I took an elective, just journalism. Being able to go out
and have to get stories and learn about people and
hear their perspective. Because, one thing that I learned over the last couple of years is that life is about perspective. Because, you never know what
somebody is going through, what somebody else’s journey,
somebody else’s story is. – Faster.
– Six, seven, eight. – [Team] Push it up, keep it up, let’s go. (cheering)
There you go. 25, let’s go, let’s go. (grunting) Thata girl, Spor-tee, thata girl. (encouraging shouts) Thata way, get up! – Ann, keep working,
keep working, let’s go! Let’s go, let’s go. (heavy breathing) – [Man] You done? – [Team] Yeah we’re done. (loud cheering) – You did so good. – [Team] Oh yeah, you got it, you got it. You’re doing great baby! – Ten, eleven, yes!
Twelve, let’s go! Six, seven, eight, nine!
(clapping) – Let’s go!
(cheering and clapping) (encouraging team chatter) (loud cheering) – [Team] Spartans on
three, one, two three! – Spartans! (busy chattering) – The season, as you
well know, is gonna be a challenging one, in that, the Big Ten is as strong as ever, but we came off of a year that we would like to see improved. So, all hands on deck
getting this thing ready. The team is talented and
it’s about stepping up and making sure that we
have no step unturned. We have the courts now, we have the space, we have the people in place,
we have a great staff. And so, I wanna to make sure
we’re organized in here, that we’re working well together, that we understand the
workings of the entire program, not just the gym part, but what happens in the offices, what happens in recruiting, and how we all kinda come
together for all of it. We go through in what we’ve done here in Michigan State’s history, what that is and what’s the
tradition of this group. Meeting with the seniors,
we’re talking about what’s your footprint, what are you gonna do, what does this program
this year gonna speak to, and how are you gonna remember it. There’s a lot that’s gonna go into it from the senior’s point of view, but also for the whole team. It’s obviously the program of excellence, we wanted them to know
what has been before them. Alumni, to me, are very important. This whole program of people before us that have done the groundwork from years, even before I came, to now. This program has moved in… (peppy xylophone music) (laughing) – So me and the girls got here July 1st, and we’re just excited
to be finally moving in after a hard month of
working out with the team, practicing and getting our
bodies ready for pre-season. So, now the season’s finally here, we’re super, super excited. – Right now, I’m hanging up pictures of my family and friends. And, this is kinda sad,
but, at the same time I’m excited to start a new chapter, and the girls have been really good, the upperclassmen on the team, of just welcoming us and making us a part
of the Spartan family. (video game dinging) – I’m not going anywhere, okay here we go. (competitive chattering) – I’m coming for you
(mumbles), just stop playing. – Here we go. – B, we can not let anyone
– Who’s Yoshi? – Oooo! – First!
– Second. (laughing) – I’m in 12th. (upbeat keyboard music) – For growin’ up on the
East side of Detroit. My parents, they raised me very well. Big focus is always school first. They really didn’t push sports on to me. First sport I played was
soccer and I just loved it, running around out there as
a little six, seven year old. Then I got into baseball, and I started playing football at eight. For my dad, playing football, just watching his old tapes, just hearing his stories about him, and being able to actually start playing, that was… It’s somethin’ I fell in
love with very early on, and went to high school. Me and my ma, we moved down to Missouri. So, I was down in Kansas
City, at Lee’s Summit West, for my freshman and half
of my sophomore year, it was a great experience, I met a lotta great people down there. The football program was awesome. School was amazing. But, I was homesick and I
wanted to come back up here, with my dad. And that’s when I ended up at King. My dad played at King,
my mom went to King, two of my aunties went to King. Being at that school
meant something to me, just because of the legacy
that my family had there. I was able to do well at King, academically and on the field, and earned myself a spot
here at Michigan State. Well obviously, my dad
playing at Michigan, it definitely weighed in on the decision. But at the end of the day, he always told me that it
was my decision to make and he would be happy wherever I went, because he trusted me that I knew what would be best for
me at the end of the day. (motivating instrumental music) – [Trainer] All right, here we go! Back up, lift that back up. (busy gym chattering) (metal clanking)
(grunting) (trainers shouting) (loud clapping) (grunting) – Let’s see that power
fellas, come on now. (busy gym chattering) (grunting) – Ay! (dumbbell clanking) Like that, like that, like that. Yeah, we workin’ today, we workin’ – [Team] Be great on one, one! Be great! – Afternoon everybody. Appreciate everyone
being here, first of all. I think about two weeks ago,
I went through everything. We’re in day four right now, continue to be impressed
with our student athletes, our football players, in terms of how they’ve handled things. The leadership, the way they’ve gone about their business on the field here in these four days. – What’s up everybody, it’s
Matt Dotson, tight end. We’re on our way to Media Day, I’m with Cole Chewins. – What’s goin’ on.
– La’Darius Jefferson, running back. – C. Hey on (wind drowns out Hey). – We got our precious chauffeur,
(wind drowns out Matt). And then the man, the myth,
the legend, Coach Bol-win. Today’s gonna be a great day. – Everybody feels like they were together. It feels like a second family on the team. – Waitin’ on August 30th to get here, to run out of the tunnel
for the first time. – We try to coach the younger guys, and Coach Burton tries to coach me. (busy chattering) – It’s early on in camp so, obviously we got a lot more
things we gotta work on. (busy chattering) – Ooo! – It’s fourth down, get on
your feet now and get loud! – Let’s get crazy! – Tay, talk crazy. – I just saying, talk as,
we all like this year. – Few questions for you,
gotta few questions for you. – Yeah, man, so what’s up, ‘sup man? – Who’s the best cook on the team? – The best cook on… Ahhh, I’ma have to go with Josh Butler. – Who dresses the best on the team? – Hmm, who dresses the best? I mean, biased opinion, I think it’s me. You know, I come with new fits every day. I really been doing this since I was maybe this tall. – Who has the best
celebration on the team? – Hmm, I don’t know who took it first, it was Kenny or X, I don’t know. But they do the little, the little, That’s my favorite.
– Y’oh, okay, okay! You heard it here, Kenny
and X, best celebrations. – Who’s the best looking guy on the team? – Oh, me, duh, next. Duh. (loud cheering) – Let’s go! – Today’s theme is it’s in the detail. It’s in the detail. Every single thing that you do has something that’s gonna make the ball go where you want it to
go a little bit easier. It’s the detail of how you move, it’s the detail of how your eyes work. And when you’re playing in our league, we’re talking about split seconds, the difference between good and great. The ball’s coming fast, faster than anywhere else, so you gotta be ready
to take away that stuff and be very consistent
with your movements. You said consistency was one of the things you’re looking for this year? That’s gonna help you do that. So pay attention to little things, write them down in your
journal, you have those. And then, work to be really
great at those things, okay? (whistle blowing) – [Coach] Go, go, go. (loud shouting) (whistle blowing)
(clapping) Lets go, just react.
(whistle blowing) Keep the height all the way
down, get up, get on the ground. (whistle blowing) – [Team] Spartans on
three, one, two, three! Spartans! – Here we go, here we go! (team shouting) – And on her arm, she’s coming
in, she’s gonna be hollow, push those arms out! She’s hollowed out, she’s pushing here with her shoulders, she’s not like this, she’s in there. There it is. (encouraging chatter) There you go, nice, straight out. You see how you’re wanted to go down, you see the difference? Julia, you’re getting a lot better, but you’re just like at the end, can you just hold at the end? Yeah, but, I mean it’s
so night and day better. (motivating instrumental music) – Behind. – Nice, nice. Nice, there ya go, P. – [Team] Keep focused,
keep focused, here we go! – Hey, you got this one, let’s go! – I don’t care what position you are, we gotta know that whatever the ball is, within a square, we can get the ball
somewhere up in the court that somebody else can contact. That’s what we have to do, we have to start building that mindset, that we never let the ball
hit the floor near us. – Dad, first practice. – We’re back at it, boys. Preseason just started, we’re ready to go this season. (laughing) – You know, it’s been a while, it’s nice to get back in here, and I mean, we’ve been
training all summer. So, we’ve been in the gym, we’ve been consistently working together, trying to get better, but it’s nice having the coaches around. Today, as you guys saw, we went back through the basics, and that was awesome, because that’s something we
haven’t focused on this summer, we focused on grinding. We wanted to get strong, we wanted to learn playing together. We didn’t go through the simple drills, because we just wanted to be competitive, we wanted to compete,
so that’s what we did. It’s nice getting back in here, and having Jesse, Cathy, and Kimi going through the basics step by step, getting us back into our perfect form. (soft xylophone music) – The purpose of what I do is to only help you, and to help you to understand not only yourself and how you’re wired, but how your teammates
and how your coaches are wired, so that we can develop even more trust, be able to rely on each other. Do you go out of control? Do you feel like you go out of control in your self-confidence? – No, I don’t think so. – [Mora] I don’t know,
what do you guys think? Have you seen her go
out of control or not? – [Girl] I think we
can have the (mumbles). (laughing)
(busy shouting) – [Teammate] Bullshit. – [Girl] I don’t find
that arrogant at all. – I don’t usually do that, but I’m a very like, I’m
doing this for the team, so everything I do is for this team. – [Mora] Okay, good, good information. The first question that you answered is do you tend to be more outgoing or do you tend to be more reserved? – If I mess up, it’s like giving my energy towards another person, like, hey, we got this next point, I’ll do better, like, hey, let’s get this block. – So we all have all of
these styles within us, and we can all, continue to grow, right? Continue to grow, and work at… Obviously, you want to be the best volleyball player you can be. You also want to be the
best teammate you can be. And those two things combined are really gonna drive the success here. – Me and Alyssa have
the same exact S-score. She is openly not like… She was gonna express it, she’s gonna say I love you all the time. I’m not like that but I care about people. – We need to learn what we can say to who. – I’ve said that, that
was my thing all season, I was like, we forget we all
have different personalities, and that can cause issues between us. – Let’s get it!
– A nice casual v-neck. Another dry-fit. – It looks good, I’m excited. (giggling) – I mean, you see it, you know, new gear. – Everything! Everything, I love everything. We got so much gear,
and I’m wearing it all. (laughing) – She’s folding everything nicely so she can take a picture. And if you believe that this is what our bedroom looks like, you are absolutely correct. (shouting and grunting) (whistle blowing) – Well, I was a little bit discouraged, when I figured out I was
gonna be on scout team, because I had enrolled early. I was the only early enrollee in my class. Going through Spring Ball, you expect to get a head start and a jump on things. But I wasn’t quite where I
needed to be developmentally. I had to embrace being on scout team, and going against one of the best offenses in the country with Connor Cook, Jack
Allen, Aaron Burbridge, those types of guys, being able to just go
against them everyday, and hone and work on my craft was something that helped mold me into the player that I am today. – [Sports Announcer] Now to O’Korn. They’re all played, nothing doin’. Evans will lose yardage. Lost about four, back to the 37. Tyriq Thompson makes the tackle. – My favorite personal moment was 2017, down in Ann Arbor, playing Michigan and winning. That was my first time actually getting significant playing time against U of M. And that game just means so much to me, because of my dad playing there. That game definitely
meant something to me. (cheering) We going through the dog days at camp. And to be able to come
in those team meetings, and hear guys deliver their speeches, it kinda gets you away from
football for a little bit, and gets you to connect
on a more personal level with the guy who might not
of had a chance to before. Everybody getting to tell their story is just… Is special, most definitely. (keyboard keys clicking) Coming to deliver my own speech, I definitely think back
to all those speeches that I remember and stood out to me. Because being able to have the
impact on the younger guys, it makes all the world a difference. It’s definitely a rite of
passage over the years. You gotta be able to make
it through to the end. Coach D when he says,
“Complete your circles,” that’s really big, and I think at the end of it all, that is the culmination of
you completing your circle. A lot of guys they don’t
necessarily get a chance to address the team. But at the end of everyone’s career, they do get a chance to stand
in front of their teammates, stand in front of their
coaches, the support staff, the athletic trainers, and give a side of their story since they’ve been here at Michigan State. And I think that’s somethin’ important, somethin’ that everyone
should get a chance to do. Appreciate all the love man, for real. (heavy bass music)

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