Preseason Camp Update No. 4
 
 
 
Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi
 
Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi
 
 

Aug. 20, 2010

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State football team continued two-a-day workouts on Friday with practices in both the morning and afternoon.

Following the first practice, defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, offensive line coach Dan Roushar, tight ends/tackles coach Mark Staten and several players, including safeties Marcus Hyde and Trenton Robinson, met with the media to give an update on preseason camp.

The Spartans will conduct their second scrimmage of camp on Saturday.

Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi

On the starters in the secondary...
"We hope we can get more four-man pressure. We are still going to change things up because you have to bring different things to people. Chris L. Rucker and Johnny Adams have had very solid camps. Marcus Hyde has had a tremendous camp, really, as good as he's ever been. He's locked in and focused. Trenton Robinson has been very solid and focused. Just the things they pick up, and they're doing them like that (snaps his fingers), which they didn't do a year ago. Trenton was still making busts through last season, but I think he's cleaned things up and understands the whole thing. Isaiah Lewis, a freshman safety, has really done a great job. He's been so good for 13 days, and today he had a couple busts, but he's been great for us so far. Jairus Jones has been good as well."

 

 

On the twos...
"Darqueze (Dennard) has pretty much solidified a backup corner position in the field (field corner). He's really good and just stays focused. You talk about being even keel, he's an even keel cornerback. If he get beat, he's OK on the next down, and he's getting a pass break-up or a pick. So Darqueze has been great.

"At boundary corner, we're still looking for a guy, whether it's Mitchell (White), Chris D. Rucker, because he got switched over there, and don't forget about Mylan Hicks, because he's doing very well."

On William Gholston...
"Gholston is going to play a little of both (defensive end and linebacker). He's a hybrid guy. He actually came up and said, `Coach, I want to play a little more defensive end.' He sees that Jon Misch knows what he's doing all the time and is going to be 100 percent assignment-wise. I feel like he (Gholston) thinks he can get on the field a little bit quicker at that position (defensive end). He's asked to play a little bit more (defensive end). He'll be both. He's got the ability to play linebacker, because that guy can run and he can do what you want as a linebacker. On third down, he's been a defensive end for us, so we have that already in, he's put his hand down for us. We're at square one at playing him against the run, but he picked it up pretty well today...I would say he's ahead of the 8-ball on his preparation and ability for where he is."

On takeaways in the scrimmage...
"The offense is always going to make mistakes, but the interceptions in the scrimmage were takeaways, they weren't giveaways. On one, Johnny Adams just went up and got it (an interception), and we didn't do that last year. So we're getting some, and we're more focused."

On the battle at star linebacker between Chris Norman and Denicos Allen...
"That battle is going well. It's an up-and-down thing. I don't know who's going to start on gameday, but both are putting up a good fight. One day you say it's him, one day it's the next. They're both playing well. (The starter) is going to be the guy who doesn't make as many mistakes and plays fast."

On Rashad White...
"He can bring a lot. He's a very explosive kid. We're happy with where he is. He started a little slow mentally, but he's really picked it up and has done a nice job for us."

Offensive line coach Dan Roushar

On the depth of the line...
"I think our depth is similar to past years because we have young guys who aren't experienced and haven't played, and they're going to be a part of that depth. Hopefully as the young guys continue to develop and emerge, we will continue to have more depth."

On the difference between the right and left side of the lines...
"I don't see a lot of difference right now. I've worked the right side very hard. I try to spend more time with the right side, and Coach (Mark) Staten works a little more with the left side. I see them very similarly; I don't see a huge difference on either side right now."

On any concerns on the line...
"We have moments where we really do things well, and then we have some really bad things happen to us. We have to learn to respond in those adverse situations better, and that takes leadership, but it also takes poise, and it takes confidence that those guys know they can get the job done."

On Joel Foreman and John Stipek...
"I think they've helped (chemistry on the line). Their leadership, presence, and experience certainly brings that. Most importantly, both guys are very committed to being good football players, and as long as they're doing that, it's making everyone else around them better...I think they developed that after the bowl game, going through winter and into the spring, and then the commitment they've made this summer. I feel like that's been one of the strengths of the group right now. They're very committed, and they're close. When your good players are very committed to being the best the whole time, it makes your football team better."

Senior safety Marcus Hyde

On how camp is going so far...
"Our goal for the secondary and the whole defense is to make plays. That's been our whole work ethic throughout camp. When you're in position, you have to make the play. I think if we keep working hard on it in practice, it will transition over into the games.

"I know the system pretty well right now, it's just coming out and working hard every day. I'm trying to help the younger guys learn the system. I think it's going pretty well for the whole team all around. Everybody's coming out working hard and doing what we have to do. We just have to keep it up.

On being a senior leader...
"From the good and the bad, you have to learn from your experiences. That's what being a senior is - you've had bad experiences, you've had good experiences. But each year, you have to learn from it, and makes you a better person and a better player."

On the defense...
"Our whole defense is close. We can talk to each and criticize, but we can also help each other with everything. People are taking criticism in a good way, so that's helping us out a lot. Everybody is so close. It's great to have a close-knit defense and a close-knit team because it will help us out in the long run."

Junior safety Trenton Robinson

On the team during camp...
"I feel like we're looking great. We're making plays. Last year, we didn't make too many plays on the deep ball. This year it's exciting and it feels like a whole different world out there."

On the difference of this year...
"I feel like our rush is getting better and we're getting to the quarterback faster. Making plays, that's our focus. Play with good technique, do your job, make the play."

What has stood out the most during camp...
"The bond with the guys. I feel like we are all one. Everybody just can't wait for that first hit and that first kickoff."

On the difference in him as a person...
"I grew up a lot. Not just on the field, but off the field. The environment with my teammates is special."