Thursday, February 13, 2014
Top 2013 performances: Trevor Reilly
By Ted Miller
We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2013.
Up next: Reilly's hard-luck run
Who and against whom: Utah outside linebacker/defensive end Trevor Reilly had one of the best four-game runs -- Arizona, USC, Arizona State and Oregon -- of any Pac-12 defensive player from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16.
The numbers: In four consecutive games, Reilly piled up 39 tackles and seven sacks.
A closer look: The original intention here was to take note of Reilly's game-high 14 tackles and two sacks in a losing effort at Arizona. It's not often that a guy who mostly plays on the edge gets that many stops, while still dominating as a pass rusher. But then we couldn't help but notice his stat lines over the next three games: a team-high 11 tackles with two sacks at USC, nine tackles and 1.5 sacks against Arizona State and five tackles and 1.5 sacks at Oregon. That's four big-time performances -- three on the road -- against teams that combined for 39 victories. Of course, one of the reasons you didn't hear more about Reilly in general, or specifically these performances, is that the Utes lost all four games. There's a reason Reilly won first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was ranked 20th on our survey of the conference's top-25 players: He was a really good and highly productive player.