Senior defensive end TyJuan Garbutt is coming off a fantastic game against Liberty, and it was his forced fumble in the fourth quarter that eventually allowed Virginia Tech to run out the clock. Let’s take a look at some numbers for Garbutt for this year, as well as his five-year career.
Here are Garbutt’s top four PFF grades from his career and his stats for those games…
2022 BC: 92.6, 3 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass broken up
2021 MTSU: 90.1, 4 tackles, 1 TFL
2022 Liberty: 89.9, 6 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble
2019 Duke: 83.9, 7 tackles, 1.5 TFL
You might be surprised to see the 2021 Middle Tennessee game on there. Sometimes a player doesn’t have to dominate a game statistically to have a good grade. In that particular instance, Garbutt dominated his gap and played his assignments nearly perfectly all game, which led to a high score.
You may also be surprised to see the 2019 Duke game on the list. That was a strange game. Garbutt was dominant against the run, as was the defensive line as a whole. It was mostly breakdowns at safety and linebacker that led to the Blue Devils scoring 45 points.
Garbutt has 12 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks this season, and he’s put up those numbers in just nine games because he missed two due to injury. He also won’t get his final game against UVA this weekend. Garbutt sat out the Wofford game, which would have been an opportunity to pad his stats a bit, and he also missed the Pitt game. Those are good numbers for most players, but they are very impressive when you consider the fact that he played just 75% of a regular 12-game season and was banged up in several other games.
Another good game by Garbutt came back during his redshirt freshman season in 2018 when he made three tackles for loss in Virginia Tech’s 52-22 loss to Pitt. His grade that day of 73.8 was shocking considering how poorly the defense played as a whole, and it could probably be considered the fifth-best game of his career.
I suppose that is the thing that has stood out to me the most about Garbutt during his career. You’ll see players check out when things are going poorly, but Garbutt isn’t such a player. When things were going very poorly in those blowout losses to Duke and Pitt, he was still in there playing hard and making tackles for loss. He’s been perhaps the most positive-thinking player in the program, and he’s a fun guy to be around. He’s a funny guy, and he lightens the mood. I feel like that’s something that hasn’t been talked about as much as it should. Had the Hokies been a better football team during his career, then he would be more fondly remembered by the fanbase at the end of his career.
For his career, Garbutt has 29 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. Let’s break them down year-by-year….
2018: 6.5 TFL, 1 sack
2019: 3.5 TFL, 1 sack
2021: 7 TFL, 3.5 sacks
2022: 12 TFL, 6.5 sacks
We’ve talked a lot about player development through the last few years. In many cases, the discussions have revolved around players who played well as freshmen but didn’t develop after that. With Garbutt, it’s been the opposite, which is more in line with what you would expect. He’s steadily improved as an upperclassman, and he’s had his best season as a redshirt senior. That’s good development by the defensive staff, and especially impressive on his part considering he was injured as a senior.
Unfortunately his career is now over,...
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