Michigan State football leads the entire nation in sacks through two weeks of play. The Brandon Jordan effect is very real.
It looks like Mel Tucker knew exactly what he was doing when he hired Brandon Jordan to be Michigan State football’s pass rush specialist this offseason.
Experts dubbed this a “genius” hire and it was considered “outside the box” because no one was going out to land a trainer with no coaching experience to replace a departing veteran defensive line coach. Jordan came in with Marco Coleman and the expectations immediately rose for that defensive line.
Would Jordan and Coleman really make that much of a difference in year one or would it take a couple of seasons to really see the dividends paid?
Through two weeks, the answer to that question is yes, they would make an immediate and obvious difference. The impact that Jordan and Coleman have had on the defensive line has been incredible and now the Spartans lead all of college football in total sacks through two weeks.
Not Georgia, not Alabama, not Ohio State, not Notre Dame, not Michigan, not Texas A&M, but Michigan State leads the nation in sacks.
Sure, the opponents haven’t exactly been “elite” but there are teams that have played lesser opponents or even FCS foes that don’t have more sacks than the Spartans.
Michigan State has 12 sacks through two games and Middle Tennessee is the only other team with more than 10 in the same span. Not too shabby.
Jacoby Windmon has been the breakout star on the line after moving to defensive end as he has 12 total tackles and 5.5 sacks through two games. He’s looking like this year’s Kenneth Walker III-type impact player for the Spartans and it’s been fun to watch.
The defense is only getting better and the line has been one of the best in the nation through two weeks. Let’s see if they can hold on to that top spot.