Michigan State possessed one of the country’s best defenses in 2013. The Spartans, who went 13-1, winning the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl, were third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 13.2 points per game.
Mark Dantonio’s squad is picked by many to build on the success it had a season ago. The reason for that, mostly, being how good the Spartans are expected to be on defense. Michigan State lost a couple starters from its 2013 group but return All-American defensive end Shilique Calhoun, among other players.
Don’t tell defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi that his unit is any good, though.
Shilique Calhoun on Narduzzi: “Each and every day he tells us how much we suck and how we’re not as good as last year’s defense.”
— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) August 19, 2014
Narduzzi, of course, is likely just attempting to make sure his team realizes that nothing it did last season will win Michigan State any games this fall.
The Spartans open the season Aug. 30 against Jacksonville State. Michigan State’s defense will really be tested in Week 2, when it faces Oregon in Eugene.