Though things have been sour for the Michigan State offense through the first two games of the season, on Wednesday, the defensive coaching squad was all smiles as they met with reporters to discuss their player's early successes so far this season.
Spartans defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett has certainly had a lot to be proud of. His team has helped the defense as a whole score four touchdowns and only allow one in the first two games of the season. Despite those numbers coming against mediocre teams, Barnett says he's still extremely happy with his player's success thus far, and that his boss, defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, couldn't be more pleased, as well.
“Oh yeah, he and I definitely high-five and have a good time,” Barnett said concerning Narduzzi. “And the funny thing about it is, every now and again, we’ll hear one of the (grad assistants) say to us, ‘The camera’s on you guys’ and then we look like statues. They don’t catch us doing all the crazy stuff.”
Back on the other side of the field, offensive coaches are still trying to solve the oft-frustrating situation with their starting quarterbacks. It was announced this week that Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio had decided to start Connor Cook this weekend Youngstown State at the top QB spot with true freshman Damion Terry playing backup.
MSU co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner said on Wednesday that when Dantonio says a player is ready, they get them set to see game time. Terry has seen increased reps all week during practices and looks to be ready to go.
“If coach (Mark Dantonio) says he’s ready, I guess he is,” Warner said concerning Terry. “That’s certainly a decision he has to make … Damion Terry’s pretty cool for a guy that’s been here a couple months, so I’m sure he’d be nervous and the butterflies would be shaking, but I would think he’d handle it OK.”
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