After finishing with one of the top defenses in the country a season ago (#6 nationally in total defense), many believe that Michigan State has picked up this season right where they left off in 2011.
Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is not one of those people. He's not satisfied.
Despite not allowing an offensive touchdown (both of the touchdowns scored on the Spartans have come on interceptions returned for touchdowns), Narduzzi sees plenty of room for improvement.
“We’re perfectionists; we want everything to be perfect. If someone gets a five-yard run, a 10-yard run, there’s reasons why. And if we were right where we needed to be, it would have been zero."
“It’s one guy every play that’s out of place,” he explained. “We’ve got to get that straightened out. It’s focus every play, I would say. A little bit of communication. At all levels.”
“We’ve played solid defense, but we haven’t played mistake-free defense yet. There’s expectations. There’s expectations about where we want to be. They say we want to be here and there, then that’s how we want to coach them and grade them.”