September 4, 2010
Coordinators see progress in several areas
EAST LANSING - Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi have a lot to be pleased with after watching their respective units in action against a solid Mid-American Conference opponent Western Michigan.
Treadwell was pleased with the way his offense ran the football for 297 yards with both Le'Veon Bell and Edwin Baker rushing for 141 and 117 yards respectively with two touchdowns apiece.
"One of the things going into the season, let alone the opponent today, was certainly the emphasis of running the football," explained Treadwell. "Certainly that was a positive and that's what we were looking for first. For us to be effective, we always work to be balanced and that gives us a chance to open up some other avenues, which we did today - whether it be play action and those types of things in the passing game."
When starting tailback Larry Caper returns from injury next week, the Spartans will likely rely on a three-man rotation at running back.
"We welcome the opportunity to have several backs that are capable of moving the team down the field with the ball in their hands," added Treadwell.
True freshman Nick Hill also made his debut. Hill carried the ball one time for two yards in the fourth quarter.
Narduzzi was pleased with the play of his starting cornerbacks and his secondary overall. Western Michigan tested senior Chris L. Rucker a cpuple of times early with little success. The Broncos also tried to go after Johnny Adams. Both players made several nice plays and Western was prevented from stretching the field vertically.
"I was impressed with Johnny," said Narduzzi. "He plays with attitude."
Freshman William Gholston did not impact the game the way Bell did, but Gholston did flash high end ability during his Spartan debut. Gholston was one of five defensive ends the Spartans rotated into the game.
Gholston was credited with one of his team's eight quarterback hurries on the day. Narduzzi was pleased with play of the 6-foot-7, 260-pound freshman end.
"He did a solid job," Narduzzi said. "He had a beautiful hit on the quarterback late in the game, where they tried to go deep. He continues to progress, his best day of practice was Thursday. He turned it on."
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