FOR OREGONS NOSE GUARD ALEX BALDUCCI, SUCCESS AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE LIES IN THE DETAILS – "Games Like This, You’ve Gotta Do Your Homework"
Hall of Fame coach John Wooden once said ‘it’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.’ Having won 10 college basketball national championships, Wooden’s formula for success is one to certainly pay attention to. While junior nose guard Alex Balducci ( Portland, OR. ) wasn’t even alive during those Wooden championship years, he’s certainly aware it’s the little details that can make the difference between a win or a loss and making big things happen. “On games like this you gotta do your homework” said Balducci this week when asked about the match-up between his No. 3 Ducks and No. 7 Spartans. “You gotta know every detail…and you gotta know whatever you can to put yourself in a good position.” Balducci had a solid first outing last Saturday against South Dakota. The 6’4 310 lb junior accumulated 2 quarterback sacks, 2 tackles for loss which led the team and 4 tackles in limited action.
With the Spartans coming to Autzen though, Balducci’s time on the field will certainly increase along with his responsibility to slow quarterback Connor Cook and the Michigan State offense led by senior running back Jeremy Langford. “They got a big offensive line,…very physical” said Balducci when asked about the keys to being successful Saturday. “We just gotta do our job,…be stout,..they’re a very good running team. They’ve got a lot of talent on that offense so we just gotta do our job, read our keys and do everything we can.”