December 19, 2007

Video: Narduzzi, Treadwell break down Boston College

EAST LANSING - Michigan State coordinators met with members of the local media for the final time on Wednesday before departing for Orlando for the Champs Sports Bowl.

Offensive coordinator Don Treadwell spoke at length about the challenges his Spartan offense will face against one of the ACC's better defenses.

Treadwell is impressed with the way Boston College's defense swarms the ball.

"They just rally to the ball," said Treadwell. "It's not just one guy that dominates or anything like that. You look at all 11 across the board and they play hard and get to the ball."

That isn't to say that Boston College is a team without stars. Treadwell describes senior free safety Jamie Silva as the catalyst of the Boston College defense.

"He lines people up," said Treadwell of Silva, "and he is obviously a student of the game. The interceptions that you see him have, half of the time he is breaking on the ball before it is thrown so he obviously does a good job studying and knowing what people do."

Boston College is holding opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards per game. Treadwell says the BC run defense is excellent. He hopes, however, to use a balanced offense to keep the Eagle s defense on tilt.

Treadwell hopes to see junior quarterback Brian Hoyer continue his strong play in the bowl game after having two of his better games of the season in wins over Purdue and Penn State.

Treadwell mentioned Chris Rucker,BJ Cunningham, Nick Foles, andKirk Cousins as young players that have stood out in bowl practice.

Pat Narduzzi was at Miami (Ohio) when Ben Roethlisberger was there. Narduzzi says that Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan reminds him of Roethlisberger in his ability make plays out of nothing. Ryan takes risks, but is more often than not rewarded by them.

Senior tailback Andre Callender is Ryan's to receiving threat. And Narduzzi says his linebackers have their work cut out for them with Callender catching the ball out of the backfield.

Narduzzi mentioned Ryan Wheat as a young player that has come on as of late in bol practice.

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