The Spartan defense looks forward to the challenge of containing Northwestern's running game, which ranks third in the Big Ten at nearly 239 yards per game.
Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi gives an update on the defense midway through preseason camp.
Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio talks about his team's performance from Sunday.
Linebacker Darien Harris leads the defense with nine tackles, while quarterback Andrew Maxwell completes 16-of-29 passes for 162 yards.
Spartans return eight starters from the top-ranked defense in the Big Ten last season.
Third-year player enters preseason camp as the back-up Sam linebacker, behind Denicos Allen . . . did not participate in spring practice due to a shoulder injury.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . collected five tackles . . . provided back-up at Sam linebacker, behind Denicos Allen . . . was credited with a half tackle for loss (4 yards) in the win at Wisconsin, as he combined with teammate Taiwan Jones for an 8-yard loss on Montee Ball . . . tallied two stops at Central Michigan . . . recorded a tackle in his collegiate debut vs. No. 24 Boise State.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Minnesota . . . selected Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Central Michigan . . .
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 27), Scout.com (No. 33) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 86) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 51) . . . also named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among the state's Top 20 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 9), Lansing State Journal (No. 10), Detroit Free Press (No. 13) and The Detroit News (No. 15) . . . three-year starter at linebacker for head coaches Donshell English and Anthony Elliott at Southeastern High School in Detroit, Mich. . . . recorded 56 tackles (36 solos, 20 assists) as a senior, with 17 resulting in losses including seven sacks . . . tallied nine tackles each vs. Cass Tech and King . . . registered two sacks each vs. Northwestern, Denby and Douglass . . . also saw action at tight end and running back for the Jungaleers . . . had 13 catches for 196 yards (15.1 avg.) and three touchdowns in 2010 . . . caught three passes for 35 yards and two TDs vs. Douglass . . . had two receptions for 50 yards and one score vs. Osborn in the 2010 season opener . . . produced a career-best 103 tackles as a junior, including 16 sacks . . . recorded at least one sack in every game in 2009, including 3.5 in the season opener vs. Osborn . . . also intercepted three passes and forced three fumbles as a junior . . . made 12 stops and forced two fumbles vs. Glenn . . . carried 20 times for 193 yards (9.7 avg.) and four TDs in 2009 . . . rushed four times for a season-best 54 yards and two scores vs. Glenn . . . had four receptions for 146 yards (36.5 avg.) and two TDs as a junior . . . posted 35 tackles, including 4.5 sacks, and forced three fumbles as a sophomore . . . former high school teammate of current Tampa Bay Buccaneer and former Spartan defensive end William Gholston . . . son of Chad and Renee Davis . . . born Feb. 5, 1993 . . . majoring in criminal justice.
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