June 20, 2018 10:24:04 AM
Every day from 99 days out (May 25) until kickoff, I'll put up a post telling you how many days until kickoff and breaking down something about the upcoming season related to that number.
Today, since we are 73 days away from kickoff, we take a look at: On his 15.5 tackles for a loss last year, Montez Sweat made opponents lose 73 yards. Allow me to explain to you how ridiculous one player costing teams 73 yards is.
- The entire East Carolina defense cost its opponents 148 yards on tackles for a loss last season; Montez Sweat basically did half that amount of damage by himself.
- Remember when MSU racked up an insane 10 tackles for a loss against Charleston Southern in the season opener? That only cost them 36 yards. Sweat doubled that and then some, by himself, over the course of the season.
- Sweat did it in 15.5 tackles for a loss, so an average of 4.7 yards lost per tackle for a loss. That's effectively costing an offense per tackle for a loss what an offense gained per Bo Scarbrough carry (4.81) last season.
- You might think Sweat had one big game to account for most of those tackles for loss or those yards, but that actually didn't happen. Sweat never had a game where his tackles for loss cost a team more than 12 yards; he cost opponents at least nine yards of offense in five of MSU's last seven games, so let's just let Montez Sweat take away a first down per game in October and November, because that's basically what happened.
- Gerri Green and Erroll Thompson combined for 71 TFL yards over 16.5 tackles for a loss. Sweat had 73 in 15.5; he was more efficient and devastating that State's other starting edge presence and SEC All-Freshman linebacker combined.
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