Fresno State's Ederaine surprise sack leader

You might not have paid much attention to him on the field or even on TV.
November 19, 2013 4:46:55 PM PST
You might not have paid much attention to him on the field or even on TV. But Fresno State outside linebacker Ejiro Ederaine cannot be ignored by his teammates or more importantly, by his opponents.

The sophomore out of Corona, California leads the team with nine sacks and is tied for fourth in the Mountain West. So how does a guy quietly accumulate nine sacks?!?

"A little bits kind of luck meets opportunity or something like that because, I mean 9's a lot. And it's not just because I'm blowing past tackles on the edge. I just give a lot of credit to my teammates." said Ederaine.

Nikko Motta and Tyeler Davison are guys Ederaine says opens up holes for him to make plays on the defensive side of things.

"I don't go out there thinking like aww man, I want a sack like that. When I get one I'm excited because I know that it took Tyeler, the nose guard did his job. That the end did their job and that's why I'm getting the sack. It's all part of the system and it's just fun to be a part of the system." added Ederaine.

Ejiro's Defensive Coordinator and play caller on the sidelines is Nick Toth. Toth shared with us that this aggressive 3-4 defensive is tailor made for outside linebackers and secondary players.

So the scheme combined with a special player is making for one heck of a season for #31.

"That's part of it, but the other part of it is he just goes. You know every day he just works. Smile on his face, whether he's getting yelled at or whether he's doing good. He just goes every day. It is a tribute to him. The thing that's great about him is that he's growing into it a little bit. He's understanding the scheme more. So you're seeing him do some things on his own that maybe old guy would have done like a Shawn Plummer would have done. And he's doing it maybe a little big earlier. Because he's got a pretty good football IQ." said Toth.

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