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After 'punch in the stomach,' Michigan State vows to be ready when football returns

Matt Allen knew something was up.

Michigan State was about halfway through its practice on Aug. 11, just its fourth workout of preseason camp. Still broken up into groups, coach Mel Tucker summoned the entire team to the middle of the indoor field at the Duffy Daugherty Building.

Michigan State offensive lineman Matt Allen (64) plans to play his final season with the Spartans, whenever it takes place.

“At about Period 11 of a 20-period practice, Coach Tucker pulled us all in ‘The Weave,’” Allen said, referencing the nickname for the indoor field. “It was kind of like suspicious because we've never done anything like that, so we were kind of expecting the worst.