MSU DC Pat Narduzzi Sums Up His Thoughts as Spartans Depart Spring Practice
Q: Are you proud of your defense scoring today?
A: Yeah, I guess. The other side. But we just look at it as overall scrimmage. I thought we did a pretty good job of stopping the run at times. Still gave up some loose plays here and there. Hopefully we donâ€™t have that problem next fall when we get all our guys on one side.
Q: Anyone stand out to you individually on either team?
A: No, itâ€™s so hard. Iâ€™m standing on the sideline. I donâ€™t get to see real well. I couldnâ€™t tell you stat-wise what people did and what they made. But weâ€™ll see the tape.
Q: This one game doesnâ€™t make the spring, but now that spring is complete what are you most pleased with about your defense?
A: Iâ€™m pleased with the way they came out and practiced with an attitude every day. Thatâ€™s all you can ask for. They came out and practiced hard, kids came out and gave us everything. And thatâ€™s the thingâ€¦the attitude, the intensity, the defense weâ€™ve come out with. Weâ€™ll be okay.
Q: Are there some guys that you think maybe helped themselves more than anybody this spring?
A: Jairus Jones and Trae Waynes have had two spectacular spring practices. I think they were tremendous the entire spring and theyâ€™re really gonna help make a bigger impact for our defense net year. I could probably name another ten guys. Weâ€™ll find out next fall.
Q: Are you concerned about Ezra?
A: Heâ€™s got a little nick but heâ€™s gonna be fine. So really not a concern there. He got a little twisted ankle, but heâ€™ll be fine. So overall I think we came out pretty healthy.
Q: We were joking that the team fell behind the day with the defensive scores. Is that kind of what you were looking for?
A: Well, for a defense I guess. It was good to see those. I donâ€™t know who threw them, or dropped them, or were blocked for them or didnâ€™t block for them. But as you sit here as a defense coach or a head coach you obviously wanna see a cleaner game than that. I donâ€™t wanna see any turnovers for touchdowns, personally, when weâ€™re playing against each other. But I wanna see them against our opponents for sure.
Q: As far as the Bullough to Bullough play, how much practice was actually put in?
A: I think they repâ€™d that exactly zero times. That was obviously the highlight of the day, Bullough to Bullough. Riley did a good job of running the ball today. I was happy to see him as one of our defensive guys step up and help the offense out. I think he can help us, with what I saw today, help us next year as well.
Q: Do you feel like heâ€™s gonna be on that side of the ball or can you tell at this point?
A: Well, right now I would say yes. I think he can make an impact over there right now. We got a guy named Max playing our middle linebacker spot. Unless Max needs a blow, weâ€™re trying to get our best players on offense and defense and it looks like he can help us out.
Q: Do you feel like youâ€™re gonna use Max on the offense after that one?
A: To tell you the truth, I donâ€™t care. As long as we score, I could care less who plays.