Denard sidesteps Spartans tweets

September, 4, 2012
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Denard Robinson didn't fall for the bait.

And considering he has never been on the winning side in a Paul Bunyan Trophy game, perhaps it's just as well.

Robinson said Tuesday evening that he had heard about some less-than-complimentary tweets a few select Michigan State Spartans had made about his play against Alabama on Saturday night (11 of 26, 200 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions), but he didn't enter the fray.

"I heard about it but I don't think about it," Robinson said. "I'm not even worried about that right now."

Mark Dantonio was worried about it. The coach has played up the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry ever since he took the Spartans' head job. But Dantonio also knows there's a line that shouldn't be crossed when discussing a rival, and in his mind, several of his players crossed it this past weekend.

In case you missed it, several Michigan State players took to Twitter to mock Robinson and the Wolverines during their 41-14 loss to the Tide. Spartans starting linebacker Denicos Allen tweeted that Tommy Vento, a walk-on quarterback for Michigan State, is better than Robinson. Redshirt freshman safety Kyle Artinian was more direct, reportedly tweeting, "DENARD IS SOOOO BAD!" Freshman linebacker Jamal Lyles added, "I can play quarterback for the school in blue."

All the Robinson tweets were later deleted, but Dantonio wasn't too pleased about the Twitter display when asked about it earlier on Tuesday. He called it "disrespectful" and said he would address the matter with his players. He even brought up Michigan State's blowout loss to Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl.

"Our guys need to keep their mouths shut," Dantonio added. "That blunt enough? … Especially the ones not even playing."

Allen appeared to show some restraint early in the Michigan-Alabama game, tweeting, "I really wanna say somethin about this team I'm watchin... But I'm not." But then he soon added, "I coulda told all of y'all that this was gonna happen just to save y'all the pain."

Allen's last tweet about the situation came out Sunday afternoon: "Lol well apparently I hurt a lot of feelings sorry guys lol I guess we have to wait till October 20th to play some real football #GoGreen."

Michigan plays host Michigan State on Oct. 20. In case a four-game losing streak to the Spartans wasn't enough motivation for Robinson and his teammates, Michigan State players supplied them with some more.

"You need to approach this game with humility," Dantonio said. "When this becomes personal, that's when it crosses the line."

Wolverines linebacker Desmond Morgan shrugged off the controversy.

"I haven't really read much into it or paid much attention to it," Morgan said. "People are going to say what they say, I guess. We have our quarterback's back and we're a team and we've got each others backs. We're not worried about it."

This report containts material from Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg and WolverineNation writer Chantel Jennings.

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