Tampa Bay Buccaneers second year linebacker Geno Hayes has been making a case for himself as the teams best linebacker this year with his play on the field. Through the 15 games Hayes has played in this season he has amassed 122 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, 2 interceptions, 7 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, & 1 fumble recovery. Statically Hayes ranks 2nd on the team in tackles, 1st in tackles for loss, tied for 4th in sacks, 4th in quarterback pressures, 4th in interceptions, 3rd in passes defensed, tied for 3rd in forced fumbles, and tied for 1st in fumble recoveries.
“I really can’t explain being in the zone,” Hayes said to the St. Petersburg Times. “I think it’s just me hustling. The ball pops up in the air and I’m around the ball. Just whenever you hustle, plays happen like that.”
Hayes, 22, the second youngest player on the team – a former 6th round pick (number 175 overall) out of FSU has many comparing him to another former Seminole and future Hall of Famer in Derrick Brooks who is arguably the best player in Buccaneer history.
Sure Hayes still has a ways to go, but after his first year as a starter there’s a solid reason as to why many fans have had visions of Brooks from the play of Hayes. The sky is the limit for the Bucs youngest defender.