Michigan State defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic set a new school record for the most forced turnovers…
In Michigan State's first game against UAB, Saint-Dic, who was born in Haiti and hails from Elizabeth, N.J., and transferred to MSU from Hudson Valley Community College, recorded only two tackles, but did manage two QB hits. After that, however, the fun, and attention, really began.
The following week, against Bowling Green, Saint-Dic picked up steam with four tackles—three for a loss—two forced fumbles and a QB hit. Those two forced fumbles were the first of eight, setting a Big Ten record.
For the season, he ranked fourth in the conference with 10 sacks (75 yards), sixth with 14.5 tackles for loss (85 yards) and second on the team with 196 production points.
"I just do my job," Saint-Dic said earlier in the season, revealing his hard-working, team-oriented attitude. "I just try my best to make it easy for the DB's, make it easy for the linebackers, and make it easy for my coaches. That's what I do. I work hard and keep going until the whistle is blown."
Defensive line coach Ted Gil said Saint-Dic's ability to digest the new defensive scheme has been an important component to his—and the Spartan's—success.
"Jonal Saint-Dic really bought into what we asked him to do this season," Gill said in an MSU release. "He understood what we were trying to do and he really worked on his technique. It's amazing how much he progressed in this scheme."
Gill continued: "This defensive scheme gave him opportunities to make plays. We freed him up to do more and Jonal did a great job of executing the game plan. He has great desire and an eagerness to improve. Jonal worked extremely hard in practice, and he invested the time each week to study the opponent. We asked him to be a different type of player every week and he responded to each and every challenge. We're proud of what he accomplished in his senior season."
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