September 14, 2011

Will ND steal signals? MSU is guarding against it

EAST LANSING - Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi met with members of the Spartan press corps for less than 10 minutes on Wednesday afternoon. But it took less than 10 seconds before he made it clear that keeping tabs on gifted Fighting Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd was at the top of his defense's to-do list.

Floyd is the ringleader of a receiving corps that might be the best the Spartans face in 2011 according to the Spartan assistant.

Narduzzi described Theo Riddick and T.J. Jones as fast-twitch athletes in the mold of Spartan play maker Keshawn Martin.

The Michigan State coordinator did not outright accuse Notre Dame of stealing defensive signs in 2010, but the Spartan assistant did make it clear that his defense had taken steps to avoid tipping their plays in 2011.

Narduzzi also made it clear that he had a lot of respect for the arm of back-up quarterback Dayne Crist, who almost beat the Spartans on his own in 2010 after Michigan State pulled the plug on the Fighting Irish rush offense.

Even though Crist is on the bench, Narduzzi believes that the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder has an NFL future in the right offense.

Crist, believes Narduzzi, has a stronger arm than starter Tommy Rees. So why is Rees starting over Crist?

"He's a gamer," explained the Spartan assistant.


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