Speed, Swarming, Swagger The Trademarks Of Narduzzi’s Ferocious ‘Spartan Dawgs’

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Warren Sapp would have loved this. Russell Maryland and Bennie Blades too. Any of those vintage Miami Hurricane defenders who had “swag” before the word was invented.

This is Pat Narduzzi’s defense. Michigan State’s unit was sixth nationally in total defense while leading the Big Ten in total defense, rush defense and interceptions. And if, at the end of any particular tackle, pick, sack or humiliation, the Spartans let you know about it, well, we told you Sapp would have loved this.

“It’s really the same style of defense,” said Narduzzi, the Spartans’ high-motor defensive coordinator, “back when Tommy Tuberville was defensive coordinator with Sapp and all those guys.

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