Knox leads way for young D-linemen vs. WMU

Sophomore defensive tackle from Muskegon draws attention for one particular play against the Broncos -- one that was noticeable from the coaches box.

Michigan State sophomore defensive lineman Damon Knox had drawn a lot of praise in the past couple offseasons and Friday night a little bit of why was shown.

One play in particular drew the attention of defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi from the coaches box.

"It's hard to see when you're up in the box, I feel like I'm a mile away," Narduzzi said. "But at one time, I saw Damon Knox come off the ball and just push someone back. I had to ask Coach (Ron) Burton who was that and it ended up being Damon Knox."

Knox had three tackles, including a half-tackle for a 2-yard loss.

He wasn't the lone young defensive lineman the Spartans got in the mix, as Joel Heath, Mark Scarpinato and Brandon Clemons into the mix on Friday night.

Heath had a pass breakup, Scarpinato had a half-sack for a 9-yard loss.

"It's hard to tell until I see the tape to tell exactly what they did," Narduzzi said., "but we had some communication problems up front just with some stunts that we wanted to get on and that kind of things, so we will clean it all up. Again, it's round one and we've got 14 rounds to go and I'm happy with where we are after one."

Getting a better rotation had been an emphasis of the coaches heading into this season.

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