When you ask Chelsea Senior Defensive Lineman Ty McTaggart who the best defensive player on his state finalist Bulldogs team is he will rattle off everyone’s name but leave his own off. Because he feels the defensive unit which helped get the team to the Division 3 state championship game is one solid core of players, each stepping up and contributing in their own way. But apparently others don’t see it that way as the 5′ 10″ 270 pound defensive stud was chosen unanimously as the Ann Arbor Area Defensive player of the year.
Ty was also honored as an SEC All Conference player, and voted by coaches to the Ann Arbor area defensive dream team. Through nine games in the regular season, McTaggart recorded 71 tackles, including 10 for loss, and 6.5 sacks as he was a pivotal part of Chelsea’s stifling defense this season, which recorded 5 shutouts and held opponents to only average about 10 points a game. In the Playoffs he stepped up big and recorded 30 more tackles including 7 in the championship game against arguably one of the best teams in the state, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.
“Ty’s one of the best we have ever had,” said Chelsea Head Coach Brad Bush. “He’s by far the best in our league. He practices hard, plays hard and goes hard in the weight room,” continued Bush. “He’s got great explosion off the line and he uses his hands exceptionally well. It’s something special.”
McTaggart has anchored the ruthless Chelsea front line all season, helping to limit opposing running backs while also applying pressure against the pass. He is known for his vocal leadership and his effort and technique in the trenches. He is also known for his toughness, intensity, and determination.
“It felt good that the team worked well with each other and that they trusted one another to do their job, “McTaggart said of the team. “And that is why we made it to Ford Field. I felt like after the Trenton game we needed to step it up. We all stepped up at practice and took it to another level.”
Right after the regular season and preparing for the playoffs McTaggart was with his friend Senior defensive Parker Dye when a car ran a red light at the corner of Old US 12 and Freer Road and hit the car they were in on the side. Both suffered minor injuries and thankfully it wasn’t worse. “It really scared me. I was glad we were both okay and that we could finish the season,” McTaggart said. Both tough kids didn’t miss a game after the accident.
“I’m really humbled by these honors being given to me,” McTaggart said referring to all his accolades. “I’m very honored and thankful for all the recognition and I feel really good that my effort that I put into football was noticed and rewarded.”
McTaggart plans to attend Michigan State University in the Fall of 2016 and major in the livestock industries program. He wants to own his own butcher shop someday.