5 Big Predictions, Defense - #5, Joe Bachie Will Destroy People

5 Big Predictions, Defense - #5, Joe Bachie Will Destroy People

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5 Big Predictions, Defense - #5, Joe Bachie Will Destroy People

SpartansWire kicks off its second part of a two-part series of “5 Big Predictions.” We took care of the offense – now we address the defense and we start with Spartan monster.

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One thing that’s extremely interesting about Joe Bachie is that he is a football player that destroys all persons and things that appear in his path.

The Junior-to-be earned Most Valuable Player status for the Spartans following a remarkable Sophomore season in 2017.

In two seasons as a purveyor of destruction, Joe Bachie has racked up a total of 112 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss to go along with 3.5 sacks.

The folks at Pro Football Focus and Phil Steele awarded Joe Bachie with Second Team All Big Ten Honors following last season.

Joe Bachie is to always be referred to as Joe Bachie – never as just “Bachie” or by any ridiculous nickname.

He is Joe Bachie.

Perhaps more impressive than the numbers – as a Sophomore, Joe Bachie was a member of Michigan State’s Eagles Leadership Council.

Joe Bachie had as much to do with the righting of the culture within the program after it had been infected with nonsense and muck and garbage in the anomaly of 2016.

Basically, as a Freshman, Joe Bachie observed a rapid and damaging deterioration of the Spartan Way as leadership, accountability, and basic hard work all took a temporary back seat to entitlement and weirdness.

Joe Bachie may not yell and scream during practice and he might not have hair that is long enough so as to flow like a mane out of the back of his helmet.

What Joe Bachie does have, however, is the entire package physically, mentally, and intangibly to be the type of leader that makes guys like Denicos Allen, Max Bullough, Greg Jones, Jerel Worthy, and Kirk Cousins proud to know that what they built is now back at expected strength.

I’m not particularly partial to the musical number that accompanies the following video highlight but the highlights of Joe Bachie make it worth enduring the musical number.

While watching Joe Bachie play football in this highlight video, it’s important to recognize a few fairly basic football principles:

  • Being in the right position at the right time in order to make game-changing plays.
  • Form tackling so as to secure the ball carrier rather than slapping one’s arm at a ball carrier and allowing the ball carrier to gain lots of yards.
  • Running at a very rapid rate from sideline to sideline so as to cover lots of ground across the football field.
  • Intercepting passes.
  • Tackling ball carriers with such force and form so as to cause the ball carrier to fumble the football.
  • Advancing one’s defensive position on the field from a North-to-South perspective in order to tackle ball carriers prior to the ball carriers reaching the first down marker on the football field.
  • Demonstrating a focused intensity that is infectious and causes the entire defensive unit to show the same focused intensity required to win football games.

Joe Bachie won’t get the attention that will be showered upon linebackers across the nation like Georgia’s Roquan Smith, Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds, Alabama’s Rashaan Evans, or Clemson’s Dorian O’Daniel.

Even within the Big Ten, chaps like Iowa’s Josey Jewell, Ohio State’s Jerome Baker, Wisconsin’s TJ Edwards, Indiana’s Tegray Scales, and UMAA’s Devin Bush are gobbling up the oxygen in some of the preseason lists of “Best Linebackers Not Named Joe Bachie.”

But it says right here in this very space that when the 2018 college football season concludes, Joe Bachie will be named the Big Ten’s Defensive MVP and that he’ll be on many First Team All America rosters.

Let’s go back to the opening sentence of this article –

One thing that’s extremely interesting about Joe Bachie is that he is a football player that destroys all persons and things that appear in his path.

Joe Bachie will destroy everything in his path all throughout the 2018 season.

Joe Bachie will be a key factor in Michigan State’s efforts to win the Big Ten Championship and earn the program it’s second trip to the College Football Playoff.

And Joe Bachie will be as important of a player as any other Spartan in the team’s efforts to earn Michigan State its first National Championship since the Duffy Daugherty Era.

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