Former Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is now the head coach of Iowa's opponent this week, Pittsburgh. The one thing you can expect from the Panthers under Narduzzi is an aggressive defensive scheme.
Under Narduzzi, Michigan State was known for exotic blitz packages and press coverage on the outside, challenging the wide receivers to win the one on one battles against his cornerbacks. A lot fo that can be expected this Saturday when he's calling the shots for Pittsburgh.
Who could this benefit? Wide Receiver Tevaun Smith. He's been getting a lot of the emphasis and attention so far from opposing defenses, and hasn't often been in man coverage opportunities where he can take advantage. That should change this week, as Narduzzi loves to play man coverage and bump and run against the wideouts on the edge. Smith should get his shot this weekend, and he is the Hawkeye receiver on the roster with the most explosiveness.
Smith has noticed that he's beening gameplanned against as well.
"Yeah, I know I'm going to be doing more blocking than catching until I can get one on one coverage," Smith said on Tuesday. "Other than that, we all take pride in (blocking). We do it in practice everyday. When we have a chance to throw it, we have Matt (VandeBerg) on one side and me on the other side. All the other receivers can play. Jacob Hillyer had two catches the first game. A lot of guys are making plays."
Look for Smith to be an integral part of the offense on Saturday.
Listen to more of what he had to say on Tuesday in the video above.