Posted On: 07/17/20 10:00 AM

As football has evolved into a passing game, getting after the quarterback has become extremely important. Defensive coordinators spend hours designing blitz schemes and in the NFL, top-tier pass rushers are given nine-figure contracts. Having at least a couple of players who can get pressure is essential to having a successful defense.

Luckily, the Sac-Joaquin Section has plenty of talent in that department. Here is a look at the area’s top five returning sack leaders and a snapshot of what they bring to the table.

Samari Russo - Buhach Colony - DE - Class of 2021

2019 Stats: 12.5 sacks, 69 total tackles, 22 TFLs

Russo is an edge defender who wins with his high football IQ and impressive athletic ability. Against the run, he has very good mental processing which combined with his good quickness and agility allows him to honor his gap, squeeze, and make tackles on inside runs. The Buhach Colony product also is good in pursuit as he displays good effort, acceleration, and angles on plays away from him. As exemplified by his high sack total, there’s a lot to like about Russo as a pass rusher. He has good use of

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