November 11, 2009

Anderson expects dogfight at Purdue

EAST LANSING - Two weeks ago after Michigan State's Halloween Night loss to Minnesota head coach Mark Dantonio changed the team's weekly routine up a bit and made all non captains unavailable to members of the media. Dantonio explained that he thought that the team should stick together during tough times and that they should draw strength from their teammates, close friends, and their family members.

The routine was back to normal this week for the press corps on Tuesday. Players were available for post-practice interviews in the evening. But friends and family were still on the minds of a number of Spartan football players including senior defensive end Trevor Anderson.

Sporting a closely shaven head for the first time this year, Anderson explained that he had been in touch with his close friend Brandon Graham to pick the Wolverine senior's brain for any speck of information that might give him an edge against Purdue.

"It is a way of focusing, getting ready for these last two games," said Anderson, who last shaved his head when he was a 9-year old so he could look like his uncle. "Now I don't have to cut my hair. It's my way of getting more into it, that's all."

Anderson believes that his former high school teammate from Detroit Crockett gave him good insight into what he might see from the Boilermakers.

"I kind of have an idea for what they are going to do up front, as far as both sides of line," explained Anderson. "There are going to be a couple little things that we see up front."

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