EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - It was fitting that the Michigan State spring game began with an interception on the first play from scrimmage.
Yes, the Spartans have lost a few big names off their sensational defense from a season ago, but coach Mark Dantonio isn't planning on a major drop-off.
Michigan State won the Rose Bowl last season behind one of the best defenses in the country, but the Spartans must now move on without linebackers Max Bullough and Denicos Allen and defensive backs Darqueze Dennard and Isaiah Lewis.
Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is back, and it will be up to him to build around lineman Shilique Calhoun and safety Kurtis Drummond.
Michigan State finished second in the nation in total defense and against the run in 2013.