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Pat Narduzzi - Michigan State University 

2013-CoY-180x225FootballScoop is proud to announce that Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State) is the 2013 FootballScoop Defensive Coordinator of the Year presented by ProGrass.

The best way to describe the way Pat Narduzzi's defense performed in 2013 is that the Spartans played as if Narduzzi would be personally fined for every yard they allowed. 

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Michigan State led the nation in total defense, allowing a paltry 248.2 yards per game, and yards per play, surrendering just 3.94 yards per snap. The Spartans finished this season as just the second FBS team over the past five seasons - joining 2011 Alabama - to allow less than 250 yards per game. 

Narduzzi's defense dominated the line of scrimmage, allowing only 1,050 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 389 carries; their 80.7 yards per game allowed and 2.7 yards per carry both led the nation.

"Congratulations to Pat Narduzzi on being selected National Defensive Coordinator of the Year," Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said. "It's a well-deserved individual honor, but he’d be the first one to tell you that he works alongside an outstanding group of assistant coaches. Pat pays great attention to detail, and he's an outstanding teacher. His relationships with his players also are a strength."

Opponents didn't find much success attacking Michigan State through the air, either. The Spartans ranked sixth in passing defense (167.4 yards per game), second in yards per attempt (5.1), third in completion percentage (47.2) and second in pass efficiency defense (91.48). Opposing passers hoisted 12 touchdown passes and were intercepted 16 times.

Michigan State held 10 of its 13 opponents to 17 points or less, and limited six foes to just six points or less. The Spartans ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense (12.7 points per game), and were one of four teams to allow less than 1.5 touchdowns per game. As if all this wasn't enough, Narduzzi's defense also ranked among the top five nationally in third down defense (27.75 percent, first), first downs allowed (14.5 per game, fourth) and plays of 10 or more yards (115, third). 

Add it all up and you get a defense that carried Michigan State to a 12-1 record, the school's first Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl trip in a quarter century, and a No. 4 final BCS ranking. Defensive back Darqueeze Dennard earned consensus All-America honors and the Big Ten's Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award, Shilique Calhoun was named the conference's Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, and five Spartans were placed on the All-Big Ten team. 

"In addition, he's an outstanding recruiter. Pat has been a loyal staff member for 10 years, including the last seven years at MSU. As our assistant head coach, he's asked to manage a lot of duties," Dantonio added. "Pat has been the architect of a Top 10 defense for the last three years. The fact that five of his players earned first-team All-Big Ten honors speaks to how dominant his defense has been this season. There's no question that his defense has been the cornerstone for this record-setting 12-win season."

This is Narduzzi's seventh season at Michigan State and 10th working as Mark Dantonio's defensive coordinator. The Cincinnati native previously worked at Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois and Rhode Island. 

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by ProGrass are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football. The finalists (Dave Aranda - Wisconsin, Phil Bennett - Baylor, Narduzzi, Jeremy Pruitt - Florida State and Glenn Spencer - Oklahoma State) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year's winner.

Narduzzi will receive his award and be recognized at an event at the AFCA Convention in January.

Previous winners of the Defensive Coordinator of the Year award are Nick Holt (USC, 2008), Kirby Smart (Alabama, 2009), Vic Fangio (Stanford, 2010), John Chavis (LSU, 2011) and Bob Diaco (Notre Dame, 2012).

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1st Nationally - Total Defense           1st Nationally - YPC Allowed
1st Nationally - Yards Per Play Allowed           2nd Nationally - Scoring Defense
1st Nationally - Rushing Defense           3rd Nationally - Pass Eff. Defense
 

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Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.