Scottie Hazelton didn’t shy away from what he wants out of his defense in a recent interview. The Michigan State DC has some high expectations for his group in 2022.

He stated that he wants to be the hardest-playing defense in the nation, and “to be hardest-playing dudes in the world.”

Hazelton also identified 2 positions that the team will be leaning into this fall. He is really looking forward to using the DT room in East Lansing. The nickel position is another area of the defense that Hazelton highlighted, especially with the move of Darius Snow to LB.

Another area that was mentioned by the Michigan State DC was moving Brandon Wright to DE. Wright played RB for the Spartans last season, and has really taken to his new role on the defensive side of the ball, according to Hazelton.

Michigan State made sure to beef up the defense through the transfer portal as well. Hazelton has liked how Mississippi State Aaron Brule transfer and UNLV transfer Jacoby Windmon have embraced their leadership roles so far.

Here is everything Hazelton spoke about at the presser: