It's safe to say Michigan State won't be using its mascot in any trick plays this upcoming season.
Sparty, the Spartans buff mascot, got a snap in last Saturday's spring game and it didn't exactly go according to plan. Sparty lined up in the backfield, took the handoff and was immediately met by defensive end William Gholston. The ball was stripped, picked up by the defense and run the opposite direction.
It was not Sparty's finest moment.
Even coach Mark Dantonio warned his mascot before the snap, "Don't leave it on the ground, Sparty." But that wasn't enough to stop the inevitable flub, which was no doubt caused from Sparty's arms being too big. Five points of pressure, Sparty. Com'on!
I do like the fact that Michigan State had no problem opening up its playbook in the spring game and showing some of its more unique plays. Unfortunately for Sparty, this will be the only playing time he ever sees.
H/T to Lost Lettermen