August 12, 2013

Narduzzi downplays lack of depth on interior D-Line

EAST LANSING - Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said after practice on Monday that there was little drop-off drop off between first and second string on the interior defensive line with sophomores Mark Scarpinato and Damon Knox backing up senior starters Tyler Hoover and Micajah Reynolds.

With Lawrence Thomas on the mend from an undisclosed injury and James Kittredge working his way back into the mix following off-season hernia surgery, Scarpinato and Knox have made the most of increased reps with the twos this August.

"Scarpinato has really stepped up his game," said Narduzzi. "He is tough. He is going to bite, scratch, and do everything he can in there. He is what we saw in camp, when he came to camp a couple of summers ago. Damon Knox has had a really good past few days. He played very good during the scrimmage. And then yesterday, again, with the Big Ten Network out there. It was pretty impressive."

Thomas and Kittredge are limited in what they can do in camp.

"They are out there trying to get their reps when they can," Narduzzi said. "(We're) trying to keep them safe."

Narduzzi was asked if he was concerned about the absence of Kittredge, a part-time starter in 2012, and Thomas, a potential breakout player on the D-Line in 2013.

His response:

"No, not at all."

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