Jonathan Smith shares Michigan State football's biggest improvement this spring

Michigan State coach Jonathan Smith listens to a question from a reporter during a press conference
Michigan State coach Jonathan Smith listens to a question from a reporter during a press conference / Nick King/Lansing State Journal / USA

Michigan State football's first Spring Showcase under Jonathan Smith is coming up this Saturday, April 20. This will give Spartan fans their first chance at seeing the team under Smith and the rest of the coaching staff as well as many of the new exciting players now on the team.

I'm sure we will all pick up on a few things that are different about this year's team and what they maybe have already improved on compared to last season. However, as fans we will not know what progress and improvements have been made since the start of spring practices this year.

Thankfully Smith has our backs.

MSU has shown vast improvement with ball security

So far this spring, Michigan State has had two scrimmages during their spring practice schedule. Those scrimmages were closed to the public, but Jonathan Smith shared the biggest improvement he saw from the two on April 6 and April 13.

Smith shared, "The first scrimmage the ball was on the ground way too much... the second one not at all."

If I'm being honest, I am a little concerned heading that ball security was this much of an issue for this team early on. But thankfully it sounds like that has been corrected.

We all know how important the turnover battle is in every game, sometimes winning that battle is the difference between winning and losing the game. So this is something that Michigan State needs to be rock solid in if it's going to be an improved team this season.

This will definitely be something to keep an eye in this weekend at the Spring Showcase. The event won't be a normal game-like scrimmage, but there will be small segments of scrimmages the team will partake in. Now don't get me wrong, it won't be a bad thing if the Spartans' defense forces a few turnovers, I just hope it isn't more than one or two so we can be confident in the offense this fall.