Hubbard grad solidifying Spartans defense
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Kurtis Drummond has fond memories of Youngstown State University. He participated in camps as a youth and attended numerous football and basketball games as a wide-eyed youngster from Masury.
After Saturday’s 55-17 Michigan State victory, the Penguins will have memories of Drummond as well, but maybe not as fond.
“The whole defense was swarming us so much that it’s hard to single him out without watching the film,” Wolford said.
When the YSU coach has a chance to review the tape, he will see Drummond, a 2010 Hubbard graduate, getting four tackles, including a hard-hitting stop on YSU wide receiver Andre Stubbs. On the season, the starting safety has 10 tackles, one interception and two pass breakups.
What Drummond and the MSU defense did on Saturday is what they have been doing all season. Through three games, the Spartan defense has allowed 177 yards per game and given up an average of 12 points.
“It’s a good feeling, to be a part of one of the best defenses in the country at this moment, it feels good,” Drummond said. “But we know it’s still early in the season and we have goals ahead of us that we want to accomplish, so by no means are we satisfied of where we are at. We still have a lot of things to work on and correct.”
It’s hard for onlookers to see what there is to correct about the Michigan State defense, which was ranked third in the country entering Saturday’s game. Against the Penguins, the defense limited YSU to 172 yards and a mere 51 yards rushing. The Penguins were able to put up 121 yards passing, which is the most Michigan State has allowed this season.
The defense was even doing the offenses’ work, scoring four touchdowns in 2013 – one being an interception return by Drummond. Saturday against YSU was the first game the Spartan defense hasn’t scored.
With the numbers the defense has put up, it’s easy to see why the group is getting so much national attention. But Drummond said it’s just business as usual in East Lansing.
“It’s not any different,” Drummond said. “The media is going to put what they are going to put. I don’t think too many guys pay attention to what is typed up. The guys in the room know what we can do. We’re just staying positive and taking it one game at a time.”
The Hubbard alum, who was redshirted his freshman year, has one more year of eligibility left to finish his already stellar career as a Spartan. Through Saturday’s win he has five interceptions, 83 total tackles and 11 pass deflections. While the Hubbard graduate still is in awe of what he’s been able to accomplish in three years, it doesn’t mean he’s satisfied or that his job in East Lansing is anywhere close to finished.
“I don’t think I could have imagined this, it’s already hard to grasp sometimes,” Drummond said. “The position I’m in is cool, but by no means am I satisfied. We have coaches and great teammates that push each other every day. I’m definitely not satisfied of where I’m at.”