PLL MVP? More like M-V-Teat!
The title of No. 1 pick comes with a lot of expectations. You are expected to be the guy and make an instant and long-term impact on the team that drafted you.
So far through his rookie season, Atlas’s Jeff Teat is living up to the hype and then some. Not only is he the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, but he’s making a strong case for PLL MVP, too.
Coming into this season, many were curious how long it would take Teat to acclimate to playing lacrosse again, especially in the talent-filled PLL. But even after the long layoff, it didn’t take long to prove he’s still the dominant player we were used to seeing at Cornell.
Not only has Jeff Teat adjusted to the PLL, but he’s been dominating. Through four games, he has an astounding 22 points (13 goals, nine assists), which is good for fourth in the league. Only four points separate him from the three scorers in front of him. He’s done all of this while missing the first two games of the season because of travel restrictions in Canada. Teat is averaging an outstanding 5.5 points per game, which is tops in the PLL.
Not bad for a rookie who hasn’t played lacrosse in 16 months.
On top of piling up the points, Jeff Teat has been a huge boost to the offense as a whole. The Atlas have been much better with him on the field. After opening the campaign 1-2 and averaging just fewer than 10 points per contest, Atlas has been red hot, going 3-0 and posting 16 points per game.
Many expected the Atlas to struggle this season and finish in the PLL’s basement again after going through a rebuild. Teat has not only made the Atlas competitive, but they’re currently third in the PLL standings, which has absolutely exceeding expectations from around the league.
Teat has built a strong MVP resume already – a top-four scorer in the PLL and a huge reason the Atlas have gone from projected bottom feeder to surprise contender. Those two things exemplify the true meaning of the most valuable player. Teat has already solidified his name atop the league’s best, and even as a rookie, he has as good of a chance as anyone to win MVP by season’s end.