Joe Bachie. Beast.

Joe Bachie. Beast.

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Joe Bachie. Beast.

Spartan defense is anchored by a beast who is primed to become one of the program’s all time greats. His leadership could help lead the 2018 Spartans back to the College Football Playoff.

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I looked up the word “beast” in the dictionary.

This is what I found –

I also found this –

If you’re someone who needs numbers to see how a beast makes things happen on a football field, here are some nifty ones –

  • 6’2″, 230 pounds.
  • In two seasons that include 19 games and 13 starts, he has recorded 112 tackles.
  • He has recorded 10.5 tackles for loss.
  • He has recorded 3.5 sacks.
  • He has three interceptions.

  • He’s forced two fumbles and he’s recovered a fumble.
  • He was voted the 2017 Michigan State team MVP, becoming the first sophomore to win the award since Drew Stanton in 2004.
  • After his 2017 sophomore season, he was named Third Team All Big Ten by both the coaches and the media.

  • After his 2017 sophomore season, he was named Second Team All Big Ten by both Pro Football Focus and Phil Steele.
  • After his 2017 sophomore season, he won the Biggie Munn Award for Most Inspirational Player on Defense.

Unconfirmed items that are all-but-confirmed through six anonymous sources that all have placed their hands over a bucket of beers while sitting in a booth at Crunchy’s include the following –

  • Can eat six plates of pancakes in 30 minutes at the Denny’s over in that really weird area in Lansing where there aren’t regular roads but there are around 46 different exits and on-ramps for various interstate highways.

  • Can sing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” while playing the music to the song on the accordion.

  • Enjoys drawing renderings of European landscapes (prefers Spain and Portugal locales due to the smooth yet undulating topography).

(Two anonymous sources told me this is one of Bachie’s pieces of work)

  • Leads a wine tasting club that meets each week in his apartment – but, since he’s not 21 yet, he relies on those in the club who are of age to provide the testimony regarding the quality of the wines. Has earned the respect of his wine tasting club colleagues for his ability to credibly lead the club without ever having tasted wine since it would be illegal for him to taste wine because he is not yet 21 years old.
  • Does a spot-on impression of Lee Marvin and prefers Marvin’s more unheralded work as opposed to the low hanging fruit stemming from his role in “The Dirty Dozen.”

  • Wants to someday find a way to cure world hunger through prayer and handsomely paid speaking engagements.

If Mark Dantonio has done one thing since his arrival at Michigan State, it’s instill a fundamental understanding in his program that defense must be and will be tough, fast, determined, and unrelenting.

During the wilderness seasons that preceded Dantonio, there seemed to be a lack of recognition that Michigan State is where the following monsters played linebacker:

George Webster

Carl Banks

Carlos Jenkins

Dixon Edwards

Jim Morrissey

Percy Snow

Julian Peterson

Dan Bass

Ike Reese

Chuck Bullough

Rob Fredrickson

Greg Jones

Max Bullough

Every one of these Spartans destroyed opponents while wearing Green & White – and every one of these monsters went on to worthy NFL careers.

Joe Bachie has a shot at doing something that hasn’t been done since George Webster did it – win a National Championship while leading the Spartan defense.

Think that’s a silly or unattainable notion?

Don’t let Bachie know that.

 

 

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