LATROBE – With Joey Porter coming back any day now from the Steelers' injury list, the reign of…
Haggans, Porter up ante in sack competition
Smith led the team in sacks two seasons ago with eight, but that was an anomaly in the Steelers' 3-4 defense. Since 1993, a linebacker has led the team in sacks 11 times.
"It's pretty tough with Joey and Clark; they're pretty much sack masters," said Keisel, who moves into the starting lineup this season.
"Our sacks should count as at least five, but I don't think they'll do that. We've just got to work hard to get to the quarterback."
Porter and Haggans have been competing against each other for the better part of a decade, dating back to their days as bookend defensive ends at Colorado State University, where Haggans ranks as the school's all-time sack leader with 34 and Porter is fourth with 22.
"We always have competition, whether it be sacks or playing dominoes, video games, push-ups, anything," said Haggans. "That's how the whole (team) is. We come up with that kind of stuff to keep each other going and to be the best we can be."
Porter also expects Haggans, who is entering his third season as a starter, to be his stiffest competition.
"If he starts off hot, I've got to try and catch him," Porter said. "If I start off hot, he's got to try to catch me. But the majority of time, we're right there with each other.
"We want to see both of us have a lot of fun and do well, but you always want to one-up the guy, just for the bragging rights later on."
Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.
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