Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi admitted to reporters after practice yesterday that he made a "dumb mistake" during their preparation for Ohio State and dual threat quarterback Braxton Miller at the end of last month.
That mistake Narduzzi was referring to was not making the offensive scout team quarterback live, instead they protected him from contact. This week, Narduzzi ensured that they didn't make that mistake twice, as they prepare to take on Denard Robinson and Michigan.
Asked about what worries him about the Michigan offense, Narduzzi simply responded "Denard Robinson."
Robinson currently ranks #4 nationally with 134 rushing yards per game (101 carries for 804 yards), and 6th nationally with just over 8 yards per play.
There's no doubt that in order for the Spartans, and every defensive staff that faces the Michigan offense, will have to find a way simulate Denard Robinson during practice in order to be successful. Just finding a guy on the practice squad to duplicate Robinson's skill set is much easier said than done, but making the quarterback live in practice is definitely a start.