Rucker Happy With Direction

Michigan State cornerback Chris L. Rucker knows work is needed for the Spartans to reach the level they expect to during the 2010 season. Rucker spoke with Spartan Digest following the Spartans victory on Saturday.

The Michigan State Spartans made their way from East Lansing to Detroit with one goal on their mind. Win their second game of the season, and continue growing as a team. While several Spartans are natives of Detroit, others found the experience of playing in a NFL stadium very satisfying. Rucker was one of them.

"It was a great experience to get to play in such a nice stadium and play here in Detroit. I know it was a great experience for all the guys who grew up here to come back and play in their hometown. But I also feel it was a great experience for all of us to be able to come out here."

While some may have walked away from Saturday's game wondering if the Spartans defense is ready for the rigors of the upcoming schedule, Rucker is confident things are headed in the right direction.

"I feel we're coming along good. There are still mistakes we have to fix, but you improve as the season goes along. I think we are right where we should be and next week we will make improvements on the mistakes we made this week. I think we're in a good spot right now."

One area Rucker and his defensive teammates are sure to hear about this week is tackling. The senior defensive back knows this is something that has been talked about since the start of camp.

"We harp on not missing tackles; it is something we harp on every day. Coach really talks about it and we have really worked hard on it in camp, so we are going to keep improving because it is a very important part of the game."

Another area Rucker knows has to improve is the defenses ability to get other teams off the field on third down.

"We have to reduce our mistakes and get the offense off the field on third down. If we minimize our mistakes, we know good things will happen."

Rucker and his teammates will be working this week as Notre Dame comes to East Lansing for a big night game in Spartan Stadium.

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