October 8, 2010

Robinson reminds Narduzzi of Pat White

EAST LANSING - Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi coached against West Virginia when the Mountaineers had Pat White and the fourth-year Michigan State coordinator sees a lot of similarities between the former WVU quarterback and Michigan's sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson.

"He obviously reminds you in that offense of Pat White at West Virginia who we faced for two years," Narduzzi said. "He looks like him a lot. He is a good player."

Narduzzi was asked if Michigan State would try and slow Robinson down by running more 3-4 defense.

"You never know," said the Spartan coordinator. "You'll find out on game day."

The Spartans relied on true freshman Tony Lippett to mirror Robinson on the scout team. The former Detroit Crockett star game Michigan State's defense a run for their money according to Narduzzi.

"Tony did a great job for us," said Narduzzi. "He took pretty much every rep and didn't ask for any rest. He did a great job … He is pretty quick, he is pretty fast, and he is pretty elusive. He played with a lot of energy like (Robinson) does."

The Spartan defense struggled against the scout team on Tuesday. Narduzzi said the group looked much better during Wednesday and Thursday's practices.

"It went from playing a super iso lead out of three tight ends to playing four wide out sets," Narduzzi said. "I think that is one of the reasons why it didn't look so good. Getting acquainted with something totally new, it went from one extreme to the other. There is no carry-over from Wisconsin to Michigan."

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