Bachie Barreling Back In 2019

Bachie Barreling Back In 2019

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Bachie Barreling Back In 2019

Michigan State’s beefy and brawny Joe Bachie will be back again next season after deciding to not enter the NFL Draft.  It’s not a huge surprise to SpartansWire – but it’s as huge of a decision as there can be for the Spartan defense.

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A couple of weeks ago, SpartansWire took a look at some of the Spartans who had some decisions to make regarding whether or not they’d enter the NFL Draft or come back to East Lansing for a potentially redemptive 2019 season.

Take a look at what we thought and what our predictions were –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/12/10/more-spartans-considering-nfl-draft-whos-staying/

So, where do we stand now?

Let’s start with a couple of the decisions that were made before the 7-6 loss to Oregon in the Redbox Bowl.

RAEQUAN WILLIAMS

SpartansWire’s odds prior to Williams announcing his intentions:

  • Chances of resisting the NFL Draft and being in the Ken Mannie’s weight room all offseason with visions of destroying opponents all season long for Michigan State in 2019 – a perfectly-made Sharkbowl with only one or two gummy sharks at the bottom of the bowl.

Williams is coming back and he’s coming back with pride and purpose.

The defensive line will be even tougher and more stout in 2019 with Williams, the Panasiuks, and a batch of other whackos destroying opposing offensive interiors, shutting down running attacks, inoculating opposing quarterbacks, and making life miserable for offensive coordinators.

The Raequan Williams Sharkbowl we referenced in our prediction is chock-full of gummy sharks at the bottom of that bowl and the mix made by the bartender is perfect in that the distribution allows for a tasty juice-flavor to come through and the sting of the booze to pack an appropriate punch.

JUSTIN LAYNE

  • Chances of choosing to stick around and wait a year to earn the big bucks in the NFL – a bucket of beer at Crunchy’s that has a crack in the bucket and only has three beers instead of the customary six.

Layne is on his way to the draft and he’s going to earn plenty of dough.

We wish Layne nothing but the best.

And, with the bevy of younger players like Josh Butler, Xaiver Henderson, and Shakur Brown ready to get right out there and play great football, the Spartan secondary will pick things up right where they were left when they shut down Oregon’s Justin Herbert and helped the Spartans finish with the nation’s #14 defense in the nation.

The crack in Layne’s bucket of beer enlarged as the waitress was carrying it to the table, she bumped into an over-served patron, dropped the bucket causing the bottles of beer to fall and crash to the floor where a mess was made and needed to be cleaned up by the barbacks and other various members of the staff.

However, the beauty of Cunchy’s is that there is an endless amount of buckets to carry endless amounts of beer.

KENNY WILLEKES

  • Chances of coming back for his senior season – as close to a guarantee as the breadsticks from Bilbo’s were every single time they were ordered.

The broken leg Willekes sustained in the Redbox Bowl was – and is – a bit of a heartbreak since everyone on earth recognizes this guy to be one of the greatest stories in all of college football.

No matter what Willekes decides to do, SpartansWire wishes him the best of luck.

But it sure does seem to make sense to consider the probability that Kenny Willlekes will return to East Lansing in 2019.

He has a long road of recovery and rehab in front of him and if it’s possible for a player to come back from a broken leg and be an even better player than he was before, Willekes will be a better football player in a matter of months.

And SpartansWire is saying that the breadsticks from Bilbo’s were the greatest food any Spartan had as an option to eat when Bilbo’s was in operation.

Willekes won’t just be back in Green & White, he’ll repeat as Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year while also contributing as much as any other Spartan to a 2019 season that will be full of vim, vigor, and many more victories.

MIKE PANASIUK

  • If Mike Panasiuk enters the NFL Draft, I will legally change my last name from Sullivan to Jakobowski in tribute to Panasiuk’s Polish heritage.

The likelihood of me needing to change my last name to Jakobowski is greater than the likelihood of any sane person agreeing with Michigan’s head football coach that the Spartan Walk prior to the game this past October at Spartan Stadium was a “stormtrooper march.”

JOE BACHIE

And what about the guy who anchors the Spartan defense, Joe Bachie?

Bachie recently made it official – he’s coming back to East Lansing.

This came as no surprise to us.

Here’s where we put the odds of Bachie entering the NFL Draft a few weeks ago –

  • If Joe Bachie enters the NFL Draft, I will eat noting but kale and sorghum sandwiches between now and next season’s third game (a home rematch with Herm Edwards and the Sun Devils).

I will be able to continue to live a kale- and sorghum-free life.

Bachie’s return can’t be overstated, even if it isn’t a surprise.

His words in his announcement carry meaning –

“I have decided not to enter my name in the NFL draft,” Bachie posted on his social media accounts. “I am very excited to put the green and white on for one more season. After talking with my family and coaches this is the best thing for me. I will continue to pursue my degree in hopes of graduating after the fall of 2019. We are not done yet Spartan Nation continue believing in us. 2019 will be special.”

2019 will be special, according to Joe Bachie.

2018 was supposed to be special.

Bachie entered the 2018 season as a guy who was starting to become a recognized leader.

He’s now recognized as one of the nation’s best linebackers who plays for one of the nation’s best defenses.

The 2019 Michigan State defense will have a legitimate shot at finishing the season as the #1 defense in all of college football.

Bachie will certainly be working towards making sure of it.

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