It doesn’t take long to figure out the sort of aggression Maryland linebacker Moise Fokou plays with.
Sometimes this is good, and often it’s why Fokou —- a former walk-on and transfer from Division III Frostburg State —- has maximized his ability.
It can also have less pleasant consequences. Like flying past a quarterback while in pursuit of a sack.
Fokou had two near-misses with Wake’s Riley Skinner on Saturday, but finally chased down the Demon Deacon junior as part of Maryland’s five-sack effort.
“I was searching. I was looking for a sack in that game,” Fokou said. “I missed one, I almost had one. I stopped that one. When I got my sack, I was thrilled. I was like ‘This guy Skinner keeps moving away from me.’”
Fokou, by the way, leads Maryland with four sacks on the season. He is tied for fourth in the ACC in the category, and is second among linebackers behind the superb Clint Sintim of Virginia.
Sintim is probably the best player I’ve seen this season, so that’s not bad company. As for Fokou, his trademark aggression finally paid off with a fourth-quarter takedown of Skinner.
“I kind of lunged and dove or something,” Fokou said. “When mine finally came up, I was like ‘Finally! Finally I got this little guy.’”
—- Patrick Stevens