Narduzzi wins Broyles Award

Michigan State coordinator takes award as nation's top assistant coach after coaching top-ranked defense in 2013.

Pat Narduzzi has architected three consecutive top-10 defenses at Michigan State, but his 2013 edition is the best yet.

The Spartans are ranked as the No. 1 defense in the nation and for his efforts, Narduzzi was named the 2013 Broyles Award recipient on Tuesday, given to the nation's top assistant coach.

"It's a well deserved honor," coach Mark Dantonio said. "Pat pays great attention to detail, and he's an outstanding teacher. His relationships with his players also is a strength."

The Spartans hold teams to 248.2 yards and 80.77 rushing yards per game.

"The fact that five of his players earned first-team All-Big Ten honors speaks to how dominant his defense has been this season," Dantonio said."There's no question that his defense has been the cornerstone for this record-setting 12-win season."

Narduzzi is expected to be a sought-after head coaching candidate. UConn already has reached out to Michigan State to interview Narduzzi for its coaching vacancy.

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