Spartan Defense Evolving

End Jonal Sain-Dic, along with the rest of the defense, has benefited from Pat Narduzzi's aggressive defensive schemes. He notched three sacks last week and the team has a total of 12 on the season. Even starting tight end Kellen Davis has contributed to the defensive improvement with a pair of sacks.

EAST LANSING - Entering this season, Michigan State's defense had many unknowns. The defensive line, which had lost two starters, was thin at tackle, where Justin Kershaw moved to from defensive end.

The talented SirDarean Adams lost a starting position to Jon Misch (r-Fr.) at linebacker where another redshirt freshman, Eric Gordon, had secured a starting assignment.

Even in the secondary, where the Green & White were the deepest and most experienced, corner Ross Weaver was returning after a year off to injury.

Two and a half weeks into the season and the situation is evolving.

Adams has worked himself back into the starting rotation at linebacker and true freshman Greg Jones has given the unit needed depth.

On the line, where concerns were the greatest, junior college transfer Michael Jordan and freshman Oren Wilson have played their way into a rotation that appears much deeper than originally anticipated.

End Jonal Saint-Dic, along with the rest of the defense, has benefited from Pat Narduzzi's aggressive defensive schemes. He notched three sacks last week and the team has a total of 12 on the season. Even starting tight end Kellen Davis has contributed to the defensive improvement with a pair of sacks.

Against Pittsburgh, the surprisingly disciplined Spartan defense will face its toughest test yet.

"It's going to be a smash-mouth game," D-end Ervin Baldwin said. "It's going to be a major challenge. Those guys are big, especially the left tackle Jeff Otah. He's like 6-6, 330 . . . he's a beast."

But Baldwin and the rest of the defense are confident.

"Me and my guys, our front seven, we're coming out doing the little things we need to do in practice to get better," he said.

And facing a meaty offensive line in practice has helped the defense prepare.

"Our O-line, we go against those guys every day," Baldwin said, calling them, "one of the biggest O-lines in the Big Ten."

"It's gonna be a major challenge, but we're going to be ready, I'm going to have my guys ready," Baldwin said, eager to meet the challenge. "We're gonna go out there and play hard and give Pittsburgh a run for their money."

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