Mississippi State's Aaron Brule may be SEC's most persistent player

Mississippi State Athletics photo / Mississippi State outside linebacker Aaron Brule takes a picture of himself with Bulldogs receiver Austin Williams and coach Mike Leach during their recent trip to SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.

All the highs and lows that Mississippi State coach Mike Leach and his "Air Raid" offense experienced last season overshadowed what may have been college football's most persistent player.

Aaron Brule led all linebackers in the Bowl Subdivision last season with a whopping 192 snaps rushing the passer, 39 total quarterback pressures and 27 quarterback hurries, with those numbers courtesy of Pro Football Focus. Yet the 6-foot-1, 235-pound junior from New Orleans tallied only four sacks for Leach and Bulldogs defensive coordinator Zach Arnett, making the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow a very rare occurrence.

Coaches often claim the sack is the sport's most overrated stat and that simply affecting the quarterback is much more pertinent, but a sack is what Brule always hopes to accomplish once he arrives in the opposing backfield.